Soviet Squad Tactics in World War 2

Soviet Squad Tactics in World War 2, this video covers Squad Tactics according to the official regulation “Combat Instructions for the Infantry of the Red Army, Part I: Soldier, Squad, Platoon and Company” from November 1942, translated by Charles Sharp. It covers the basic principles for the soldiers, squad, attack, defense and organization.

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  1. There’s also the sub ain’t gun units basicly litle chnages there’s only a machine gunner with uses the DP-27 and no assistants and EVRYONE else has a su machine gun that’s the light SMG squad the heavy SMG squad only has an additonal dp-27.

  2. 1941
    On the paper : Soviet squad were complex
    On reality : One rifle and 5 bullets for 3 guys… Just get your shit on the deads.
    On games : You get sturmgewehr ! You get sturmgewehr ! EVERYONE GET STURMGEWEHR !!!

  3. The most important difference isn't mentioned here. It's philosophical/strategic. Soviet tactics were heavily relied on top-down command structure while Germans were given far more operational freedom to do as they see fit depending on circumstances. German approach is more flexible and effective. Soviet approach is far more distrustful of initiative and individual commanders, stemming from civil war era, when most officers in the Red Army were tsarist officers whose loyalty was always questioned, so they really wanted to enforce a top-down command structure to enforce obedience from the officers and allowed for little initiative.

  4. For a Soviet squad I'm surprised that ideally every squad had a "sniper". I wonder how many actually had scoped rifles and specific sniper training? Or if there was just a slight misunderstanding and the "sniper" is more of a "marksman". Just the rifleman in the squad who shot the best? Maybe more often than not he would be issued an SVT-40? Or if a squad was going to have any SVT-40s did they try to focus more on the whole squad having them?

    I know the Soviets had a lot of snipers, but I imagine the more full-fledged snipers would work in their teams more independent of the regular rifle squads. Maybe acting at a platoon or company level?

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