A good book on organization, structure and orders of battle of the Soviet army

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A good book on organization, structure and orders of battle of the Soviet army

Post by Isidia » 22 Sep 2021 20:19

Hi all!
I am very new to the forum.

I am currently reading a book on the Imperial German Army during the World War 1:
"The Imperial German Army 1914-18: Organisation, Structure, Orders of Battle"

I wonder if there exists a similar book in English that breaks down the Soviet armed force during the World War 2. I have only found this book:

https://www.abebooks.com/Red-Army-Order ... pHEALw_wcB

I can read French, my Russian is not very good, but I could still understand some intermediate passages without google translating.

So I am grateful if you can recommend some books on this topic.

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Re: A good book on organization, structure and orders of battle of the Soviet army

Post by Art » 22 Sep 2021 21:42

There are monthly orders of battle online:
viewtopic.php?p=1892303#p1892303

English-language books describing organization and structure:
"The Red Army handbook" or "Companion to the Red Army", the same book essentially
https://www.amazon.com/Red-Army-Handboo ... 0750932090
https://www.amazon.com/Companion-Army-1 ... 0752454757

Multi-volume collection by C. Sharp, listing larger formations and their OOB
https://www.amazon.com/Charles-C.-Sharp/e/B00M2H8CDG

"Colossus reborn" - more a story of organizational evolution:
https://www.amazon.com/Colossus-Reborn- ... 0700613536

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Re: A good book on organization, structure and orders of battle of the Soviet army

Post by Isidia » 22 Sep 2021 22:41

Art wrote:
22 Sep 2021 21:42
There are monthly orders of battle online:
viewtopic.php?p=1892303#p1892303

English-language books describing organization and structure:
"The Red Army handbook" or "Companion to the Red Army", the same book essentially
https://www.amazon.com/Red-Army-Handboo ... 0750932090
https://www.amazon.com/Companion-Army-1 ... 0752454757

Multi-volume collection by C. Sharp, listing larger formations and their OOB
https://www.amazon.com/Charles-C.-Sharp/e/B00M2H8CDG

"Colossus reborn" - more a story of organizational evolution:
https://www.amazon.com/Colossus-Reborn- ... 0700613536
Thanks Art for a head up!
Just curious, is C.Sharp's is an ongoing series, or is it finished?

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Re: A good book on organization, structure and orders of battle of the Soviet army

Post by Art » 25 Sep 2021 09:56

I believe these volumes were published back in 1990s.

You might also want to check the US intelligence handbook on Soviet military forces:
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dodmilintel/

Not always reliable and up-to-date though.

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Re: A good book on organization, structure and orders of battle of the Soviet army

Post by Cult Icon » 25 Sep 2021 20:56

I like Dunn's books especially "Hitler's Nemesis" and the add-on "Stalin's keys to victory". I would read that prior to Colossus Reborn. They cover the same areas but the Dunn books are much more summarized, have additional statistics/information, and cover 44-45 as well, and make the Glantz tome more digestable.

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