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Scraping the BarrelThe Military Use of Substandard Manpower, 1860–1960$
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Sanders Marble

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239771

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239771.001.0001

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

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

(p.151) 7 Soviet Use of “Substandard” Manpower in the Red Army, 1941–1945
Scraping the Barrel

David Glantz

Fordham University Press

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

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