Brandon Schechter
Articles by Brandon Schechter

Excerpt from Brandon Schechter’s “The Stuff of Soldiers: A History of the Red Army in World War II Through Objects”

This book tells the story of that dramatic change—from a desperate, retreating band to a victorious army—as experienced by soldiers. The years 1941–1945 replayed in real life a universal tale that had become a major trope of Bolshevism: “the standard exodus and construction stories about the transformation of a motley crowd into a holy army.”

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