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Red Army Weapons of the Second World War (ePub)

Military WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Russia & the Eastern Front WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Stalingrad

By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 61.8 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: Over 200 mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399095396
Published: 30th September 2022


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While the Red Army’s arsenal at the start of the Second World War included weapons dating back to the Great War or earlier, the 1930s’ modernization programme had introduced the automatic Tokarev pistol and self-loading Tokarev rifle.

Its small arms were soon replaced by mass-produced sub-machine guns, such as the PPSh 1941, nicknamed the ‘PePeSha,’. Supplementing the submachine guns, the Degtyarev Light Machine Gun DP-27. Fitted with a circular pan magazine, it received the not-unsurprising nickname ‘Record Player.’

New mortars and towed artillery pieces, ranging from 76mm to 203mm, entered service in the pre-war years. In addition to a wide range of towed, self-propelled and anti-tank guns, the Soviets fielded the Katyusha rocket launchers in 1941, nicknamed the ‘Stalin’s organ’ by the Germans.

The 1930s saw the introduction of the BT light tank series. The iconic T-34 medium tank series came into service in late 1940, joined by the IS-2 heavy tank from early 1944, the prefix letters ‘IS’ translates to Joseph Stalin. These formidable AFVs led the Red Army to victory in May 1945 over Nazi Germany.

All these weapons and more are covered with numerous images in this authoritative overview of the subject.

Aficionados of European weapons will buy this superlative reference for their fledgling libraries.


Overall, this is a really good book and I found it of great interest. It will appeal to anyone interested in the Soviet Red Army and / or weaponry. It is well balanced with developmental histories, their operational aspects, and the deficiencies of the various weapons. For any student of the Eastern Front (GPW) this will eventually become a “must-have” book.

Dr Stuart C Blank, Military Archive Research

This is a book that is a delight for modelers, history buffs, and people who are just interested in weapon.

A Wargamers Needful Things

"This is an excellent resource for those just starting in building Soviet armor and looking to learn more in one volume. For those who've been building Eastern Front all along, you will find some photos that might be new to you and are great inspiration for placing your model in a different type of setting."

Armor Modeling & Preservation Society

A good explanation of the weapons, their operational use and the many issues of production. Interesting to counterpoint it with the Red Army of today.

Michael McCarthy, Battlefield Guide

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About Michael Green

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series, including Armored Warfare in the Vietnam War, The Patton Tank: Cold War Warrior, M1 Abrams Tank, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War, Axis AFVs of the Second World War, American Military Helicopters, US Airborne Divisions, USMC in the Vietnam War, US Armored Divisions of the Second World War, US Marine Corps in the Korean War, American Artillery, NATO and Warsaw Pact Tanks of the Cold War and Red Army Weapons of the World War.

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