Thursday, 28 February 2013

RKKA War Correspondents

Soviet War Correspondents

Left foreground is Mikhail Sholokhov. Behind him is Yevgeny Petrov and to his immediate right is Alexander Fadeev. Photographed somewhere on USSR's western front in August 1941.

I'm putting together a Soviet officer's uniform and equipment to represent a comrade correspondent with The Red Army during The Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. The Soviets do not appear to have had a dedicated war correspondents branch. This is unlike the British, Germans and Americans who did have such service branches. So the uniform will be a standard Army one but with a Soviet camera or two. I'm told I'll be issued with a PPSh for self defence as the need arises. Soviet kit is, in comparison to British, German & US, cheaper, more comfortable and practical. 

I've started the ball rolling with a pair of officer's boots. This is because I believe that all worthwhile impressions start from the feet up. Not head down. 


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