The Armed Forces of the USSR by Harriet Fast Scott

By Harriet Fast Scott

The eminent authors of this booklet draw on hundreds of thousands of Soviet Ministry of safeguard publications—only a really few of that have been translated into English—and 4 years of analysis within the USSR to painting the basics of Soviet army doctrine and technique. They totally hide the postwar improvement of the Soviet army, the excessive command, all of the 5 companies, wrestle formations, and aiding companies, and provides a entire account of the Soviet military-industrial complicated, army education of Soviet formative years, army manpower, mobilization, and the Soviet officer corps. Their dialogue of the connection among the get together and the defense force, in line with Soviet information, contains an exam of renowned Western myths approximately inner Soviet army debates and military-Party splits. This updated reference e-book comprises a number of footnotes, tables, figures, and a wealth of alternative data—all established solely on fundamental assets.

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First hit were the Border Guards in the western districts, but all other divisions in military districts facing the German advances came under almost immediate attack. Over one thousand Soviet aircraft were destroyed on the ground in the first German air strikes. In scattered spots, the Soviets put up a heroic struggle, as at Brest on the Polish border, but in general, Soviet resistance fell apart. In the first three weeks, German troops advanced 500 kilometers on the northern front, 550 kilometers on the central front, and 300 to 350 kilometers on the southern front.

Zhukov as members. On 19 July Stalin became people’s commissar of defense and, on 8 August, supreme commander in chief of the Armed Forces. At this time Stavka was renamed Stavka of the Supreme High Com­ mand (Verkhovnoye Glavnokomandovaniye) or, as it commonly was called, Stavka of the VGK. 56 24 Prologue The General Staff acted as the executive agency for Stavka. At the begin­ ning of the war, this staff was headed by G. K. Zhukov. In July 1941, Zhukov was sent out to command a front and replaced by B.

56. Vasilevskiy, Delo Vsey Zhizni, pp. 127, 5 35, 5 38. 57. See, for example, V. G. Kulikov, “The Brain of the Army,” Pravda, 13 November 1974. For an English translation, see William F. S. Government Printing Office, 1977), pp. 185-191. 58. M. V. Zakharov, “The Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union,” p. 291. Also see Scott, Selected Soviet Military Writings. 59. For one of the many accounts of the Battle of Stalingrad, see G. K. Zhukov, Vospominaniya i Razmyshleniya [Reminiscences and Reflections] (Moscow: Novosti Press, 1974), pp.

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