By David M. Glantz
One of the such a lot opaque features of Soviet army functionality in the course of World
War II were the character, association, and services of the pink Army's command
and keep watch over and administrative constructions. whereas the Stavka, the USSR's People's
Commissariat of protection, and the pink military common employees are ordinary organs, the actual
organization and wartime services of those entities and the various organs subordinate to
them will not be. This hole within the historic list sharply inhibited one's skill to
understand how and why the crimson military emerged effective within the war.
Today, for the 1st considering the fact that war's finish, the govt of the Russian Federation has
opened its data to bare some of the orders, directives, directions, and regulations
issued by means of these key Soviet wartime command and regulate and administrative organs that
governed the behavior of struggle. those new records comprise country security Committee
decrees, People's Commissar ofDefense (Stalin) orders and directives, Stavka directives,
General employees directives and directions, and a bunch of records ready through other
This slender quantity exploits that clean documentation to shape a mosaic illustrating
how these corporations controlled the battle attempt and contributed to the Soviet
achievement of victory. the quantity enhances the sooner quantity on purple military force
structure and gear and paves the best way for a next quantity on purple Army
personnel at each point of command. As such, the 3 volumes will conceal the sinews
and implements of struggle (structure), the managers of struggle (command and keep watch over and
administration), and eventually, the human face of struggle (the soldier).
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After helping suppress the East German uprising in 1953, Serov became first head of the new independent KGB, only to be replaced by A. N. Shelepin in 1958. He then became head of the GRU. Serov, whose career went into decline after 1960, died in July 1990. MERKULOV AND UL'RIKH The second sinister figure, V. S. Merkulov, was People's Commissar of the newly formed NKGB in 1941 and wartime First Deputy to NKVD chiefBeriia. Merkulov' s shadowy career in the security services included service as "Stavka representative" of the NKGB in the Leningrad region in summer 1941 and participation in the "de-Izlamization" of the Transcaucasus in 1943-1944.
30 - Soviet-Finnish War, the Spanish Civil Wear, or in combat against the Japanese at Khalkhin-Gol. 66 The Red Army accelerated its professional training in late 1940 and early 1941, doubling the number of military schools and increasing the number of graduates in existing schools and training courses. _The demand for officers was so great that, in summer 1940, S. K. Timoshenko, the People's Commissar of Defense, petitioned for the re-examination of over 300 senior officers who had been caught up in the terror.
Zhukov, however, eluded Abakumov' s grasp, although his former chief of staff Golubovich fell victim to the inquisitor. Nor did Abakumov cease his grisly work after war's end. In late 1945 and 1946, Abakumov and his accomplices investigated, arrested, tried, and convicted a host of former Soviet generals released from German POW camps and another group of serving generals thought to be a threat to Stalin's leadership. The latter included Chief Marshal of Aviation A. A. Novikov, through which Abakumov wished to get at Zhukov.
The Red Army In 1943: Central Command and Control Organs And Leaders by David M. Glantz