Penalty Strike

The Memoirs of a Red Army Penal Company Commander, 1943-45

Alexander V. Pyl'cyn

Made up of soldiers who conducted "unauthorized retreats,” former POWs deemed untrustworthy, and Gulag prisoners, the Red Army's penal units carried out some of the most terrifying assignments on the Eastern Front, such as storming German machine-gun nests.
Publication date:
June 2009
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
Language:
English
Series :
Stackpole Military History Series
Illustration :
22
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9780811735995

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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£12.95

Overview
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Made up of soldiers who conducted "unauthorized retreats,” former POWs deemed untrustworthy, and Gulag prisoners, the Red Army's penal units carried out some of the most terrifying assignments on the Eastern Front, such as storming German machine-gun nests. Alexander Pyl'cyn led his penal company in the Soviets' massive offensive in the summer of 1944, the Vistula-Oder operation into eastern Germany, and the bitter assault on Berlin in 1945. He survived the war, but 80 percent of his men did not.