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  • MHQ Magazine

    Miracle on the Vistula

    Józef Piłsudski saved Poland by handing the Red Army one of its greatest defeats ever.   IN EARLY 1920, IN THE WAKE OF WORLD WAR I, Europe was desolate and bankrupt. President Woodrow Wilson’s attempt to insert the United States...

  • World War II Magazine

    Death of an Army

    Surrounded by Germans and betrayed by its own commander, Russia’s 2nd Shock Army vanished from the battlefield, and from the history books. WHEN RUSSIAN INFANTRYMAN I. I. Kalabin looked back on the last days of the 2nd Shock Army, his...

  • HistoryNet

    What Next, General? Rotmistrov at the Korsun Pocket, 1944

    As a World War II Red Army general, YOU must lead an attack to encircle German defenders in a crucial East Front battle. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third installment in our trilogy of What Next, General? interactive articles in which we...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Battle for Baikal

    In 1918 the Czecho-Slovak Legion found itself fighting the Red Army in Siberia for control of the world’s deepest lake.   ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR YET LITTLE-KNOWN STORIES of World War I and the Russian Revolution is the...

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    What Next, General?: Konev and the Battle for Berlin, 1945

    It is mid-April 1945 as you assume the role of Marshal Ivan Konev, commander of the Red Army’s 1st Ukrainian Front. You have commanded Soviet troops in some of the fiercest battles on World War II’s Eastern Front since the war in the...

  • HistoryNet

    Red Army Riflemen , 1941-45

    The victors in history’s greatest clash of arms. The Red Army of World War II, or the “Great Patriotic War” as the Soviets called it, was a combined arms force consisting of the complete range of military branches: infantry, armor,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Stalin Attacks the Red Army

    Stalin had been purging his enemies—real and chimerical—for years, including military officers. Then the 1941 German invasion exposed the Red Army’s real problems. In late June, 1941, without a declaration of war, the Axis armies of...

  • Military History Magazine

    Taming Chechnya

    What seemed a simple intervention to the Russian Army in 1994 quickly turned into a bloodbath with lessons for another war. Forty years after emerging victorious from World War II, the massive, well-equipped Soviet army dominated much of...

  • World War II Magazine

    Book Review: Mussolini’s Death March

    Mussolini’s Death March: Eyewitness Accounts of Italian Soldiers on the Eastern Front By Nuto Revelli, translated by John Penuel. 640 pp. Kansas, 2013. $45. It’s taken almost half a century for this wrenching, revealing book to appear...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Korsun Noose

    Encircled by an overwhelming and vengeful Soviet army, German soldiers on the Eastern Front desperately searched for a way out.   The calendar reads January 30, 1944. The clock says 2 p.m. The thermometer? Well, let’s just call it...

  • Ask Mr. History

    What Western Publications Have Published the Photo of a Red Army Soldier...

    What publications (USA & Europe) published or reprinted the famous Yevegny Khaldei photo of a Soviet Red Army soldier raising a flag above the Reichstag in Berlin in 1945? I know it was originally published in the Russian magazine...

  • Fire for Effect

    Deep Battle: The Drive to the Dnepr, Winter 1943

    When last we left the Eastern Front, the Wehrmacht teetered on the brink of disaster. Well planned Soviet attacks had first encircled an entire German field army (the 6th, under the unfortunate General Friedrich Paulus) at Stalingrad, then...

  • Fire for Effect

    The Dangers of Going Deep: Where Do You Stop?

    Deep Battle wasn't perfect, as the Red Army learned the hard way...

  • Fire for Effect

    Going Deep: The Red Army in World War II

    Tukhachevsky's deep battle doctrine served the Red Army well, but only because it was big and bad enough to handle epic casualties....

  • Fire for Effect

    Smackdown: Timoshenko and the Winter War

    I’ve already confessed my love of the Talvisota, the “Winter War,” especially the opening phase in which the tiny Finnish army stood tall and smashed the initial Soviet invasion of their homeland. The Finns were a democratic people,...

  • Fire for Effect

    White Death, Part 2: The Winter War

    Last time out we were discussing the Winter War, the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland during the winter of 1939–40. As we saw, a combination of Soviet bullying and Finland’s refusal to be bullied had typical consequences...