NKVD VET­ER­ANS

History of War - - THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR – JUNE 1941-MAY 1945 -

Both sol­diers wear black stripes on their shoul­der boards, in­di­cat­ing wounds sus­tained. The NKVD was charged with di­rect­ing the so-called ‘block­ing de­tach­ments’, set up to de­ter Rus­sian sol­diers from giv­ing ground in the face of the Ger­man on­slaught. in ad­di­tion to the Soviet sol­diers be­ing locked in­side their tanks and bunkers, lit­er­ally chained in place, spe­cial NKVD squads were po­si­tioned be­hind as­sault troops and or­dered to shoot any sol­dier who turned back from the fight­ing.

The Dra­co­nian meth­ods saw the NKVD de­tain 600,000 Rus­sian troops, the ar­rest and im­pris­on­ment of 25,000, and the ex­e­cu­tion of 10,000, in ef­fect putting more Rus­sians out of ac­tion than Ger­many in 1942.

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