By Harriet Fast Scott

The eminent authors of this ebook draw on millions of Soviet Ministry of protection publications—only a really few of that have been translated into English—and 4 years of study within the USSR to painting the basics of Soviet army doctrine and process. They totally hide the postwar improvement of the Soviet army, the excessive command, all the 5 companies, wrestle formations, and helping organizations, and provides a complete account of the Soviet military-industrial complicated, army education of Soviet adolescence, army manpower, mobilization, and the Soviet officer corps. Their dialogue of the connection among the social gathering and the militia, according to Soviet info, contains an exam of well known Western myths approximately inner Soviet army debates and military-Party splits. This updated reference booklet contains quite a few footnotes, tables, figures, and a wealth of different data—all dependent completely on basic assets.

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The smoldering problem of suc­ cession burst into flame. Trotskiy appeared to have been favored by Lenin, with M. V. Frunze the second choice. But Stalin persuaded S. S. Kamenev and G. Ye. 24 During this period a number of military reforms were being effected which, in great part, were the work of Frunze, who was deputy chairman of the RVS of the USSR. ) Frunze, who had supported Stalin and his followers in their opposition to Trotskiy, had been one of the oustanding military leaders during the Civil War and later became known even more for his writings on military theory and organization.

Kiev fell on 19 September. Odessa held out from 5 August until 16 October 1941; then it too fell. The defense of Sevastopol, which lasted from 30 October 1941 to 4 July 1942, slowed the German drive to take the Crimea. In September 1941, the German command concentrated its efforts on taking Moscow. Three Soviet fronts were deployed to stop the drive: the Western front, under the command of I. S. Konev; the Bryansk front, under A. I. Yeremenko; and the Reserve front, under S. M. Budennyy. Thereafter, as the war proceeded, additional fronts were formed and existing ones realigned or abolished to meet the requirements of combat.

All corps commanders, and almost all division commanders and brigade commanders were eliminated from the Army, also about half of the regimental commanders, members of military councils and chiefs of political administrations of military districts, the majority of corps, division and brigade military commissars and about one-third of those in regi­ ments. In all, during 1937-1938, about one-fifth of the officer cadres underwent repression. But on the eve of war, and in its first months, more than one-fourth the number of those repressed were rehabilitated, returned to the Army, and took an active part in the w a r .

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