World War 2
USSR in WW2

What was it like to be a Russian soldier in World War 2?

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September 10, 2007 5:04AM

To be a Russian soldier during WWII was a scary thing. Because

of Stalin's purges, the officer corps had been decimated. There was

little innovation going on, because if you thought outside of the

box, you might just draw the attention of the NKVD (the precursor

to the KGB). The Soviet style of combat attack was fairly typical.

They would start of with an artillery barrage, line the troops up,

and attack. Some of the more experienced or innovative officers who

had survived the purge would use flank attacks, misdirection, etc.

But the vast majority would use sheer numbers. Stalin had a saying,

"Quantity has a quality of its own." So the life of a Soviet

soldier was as miserable as his counterparts. Problem was that in

an assault, the NKVD and political officers (commissars) were

behind the attacking troops, ready to kill any who tried to

retreat. Due to this, many Soviet soldiers were very fatalistic

about the war. it was very hash conditions


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