World War II Soviet Armed Forces (1): 1939-41 (Paperback)

By Nigel Thomas, Darko Pavlovic (Illustrator)
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This title presents a detailed analysis of the Soviet Army at the outbreak of World War II (1939-1945), including the Red Army's campaigns against Japan on the Manchurian plains as well as in Finland. It also covers the Red Army's first operations during Operation Barbarossa when the Red Army was forced to defend Mother Russia against the German onslaught. With a breakdown of all the armed forces including the army, air force, paratroopers, navy and NKVD troops, author Nigel Thomas gives special attention to the evolution of uniforms, equipment and insignia with the introduction of new regulations in 1935 and 1940.

About the Author

DR NIGEL THOMAS is an accomplished linguist and military historian and was a Principal Lecturer in charge of the Business Language Unit at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, where he was awarded a PhD on the Eastern Enlargement of NATO. His interests are 20th century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. He has recently formed his own company - Nigel Thomas Associates' (, involved in military and business translation from French, German and Italian, military authorship and military uniform consultancy.
Laszlo Szabo is an author living in Hungary and currently conducting archival research in the national archives. The author lives in Tyne and Wear, UK..

Darko Pavlovic was born in 1959 and currently lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. An architect by profession, he started his career as a full-time illustrator several years ago, with a specialist interest in military subjects. He has already illustrated Men-at-Arms 282 Axis Forces in Yugoslavia 1941– 45 and Elite 60 U-Boat Crews 1914– 45. Darko has also written titles for the Osprey Men-at-Arms series on the Austrian cavalry of the 19th century.

Praise For…

"... a real must have for those who have a penchant for the Soviet military or for figure modelers." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (November 2010)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781849084000
ISBN-10: 1849084009
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (UK)
Publication Date: October 19th, 2010
Pages: 48
Language: English