"Ivan's War, 1939-1945"
I took back to the library my latest volume of SE Morison I finished reading, and ordered the next one, then went to look for a book to "tide me over" until it comes...
Walking towards the first stack, or "new release 14 day books" one catches my eye right off the bat..."Ivans War, 1939-1945," The life and Death of the Russian Soldier.
The cover shows two decrepit Russian Infantry soldiers in the snow, one bandaged, kind of leading each other, BOTH with M44 Carbines slung over their shoulder...
Written by a female British Historian who studied at the University of Moscow recently, so far pretty well written, "official" histories wrapped around new archival releases, and interviews with veterans and their families, so far, I've learned a LOT....even if she DID call the M95 revolver the "Nagan" (Which in her defense is probably how the vets called it...)
Pretty detailed too, right down to how the conscripts got issued everything to KEEP, boots, jacket, pouches, "empty" holsters, hat, belt, greatcoat, pants, rifle SLING, except ammo, weapons, and underwear (suggestion it was meant to humiliate them having to turn it in periodically and get washed ones) ...and they didn't get socks, but were issued "poltyanki" ("footcloths") bandage like cloth strips to wrap their feet. They were all told it was to prevent blisters, but mainly to save money, "one size fits all..."
Absolutely NO training except rudimentary marching and rifle shooting, before they went into Finland, LOTS of political training though. A political officer suggested that "there was little chance for political teaching in battle" and suggested "teaching them to lie down when Finnish machine guns opened up instead..."
I'll let you know how good it is when I finish it, but so far it's a "keeper..."
I'm at the part the Germans have just attacked...
The problems we face today are
there because the people who work
for a living are outnumbered by those
who vote for a living.