Soviet Use of “Substandard” Manpower in the Red Army, 1941–1945

David Glantz

in Scraping the Barrel

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239771
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823239818 | DOI:
Soviet Use of “Substandard” Manpower in the Red Army, 1941–1945

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The Soviet Union had many minority nationalities, and its supra-national ideology meant all should serve in the Red Army. In World War II, this coincided with a desperate need for more manpower. Ethnic/national minorities were conscripted, but so were many other groups, such as political prisoners and women. These groups all fought with reasonable to high efficiency, and the Red Army recognized many units with large ethnic/national minorities as “Guards”.

Keywords: World War II; Military women; USSR; Red Army; Ukraine

Chapter.  9266 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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