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Welcome to the Russian, Soviet and CIS military history task force. If you have any questions about articles or are generally seeking advice, you're encouraged to ask at the main military history talk page, or you can directly approach one of the task force participants below.

The coordinators of the Military history WikiProject can be contacted here.


This task force covers everything that can be legitimately considered to be Russian military history, as well as the military history of the Soviet Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) states after 1991. However, the military histories of the other pre-Soviet states are not included if they cannot be considered Russian; in particular, the Baltic states military history task force focuses on military affairs in the area of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Any article related to this task force should be marked by adding Russian-task-force=yes to the {{WPMILHIST}} project banner at the top of its talk page (see the project banner instructions for more details on the exact syntax). This will automatically place it into Category:Russian, Soviet and CIS military history task force articles.


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  1. Brandmeister (talk · contribs) (mainly Eastern Front of WWII and some modern warfare-related stuff)
  2. Buckshot06 (talk · contribs) (Current Russian military and former Soviet military)
  3. TheMightyGeneral (talk · contribs) (Georgians in imperial Russian service, Russo-Turkish & Crimean Wars, Soviet-Georgian related)
  4. Elfalem (talk · contribs)
  5. Farawayman (talk · contribs) (Soviet military Eastern Front WW2 with special reference to Battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, Kharkov and Kursk)
  6. Федоров (talk · contribs) (Russian/Soviet/Russian military (especially Navy)
  7. Janisterzaj (talk · contribs) (Russian army during the reign of Stalin)
  8. Kenmore (talk · contribs) (Napoleonic Wars and Crimean War)
  9. Kges1901 (talk · contribs) (WWII)
  10. Kyriakos (talk · contribs) (Kievan Rus')
  11. Lothar von Richthofen (talk · contribs) (Bolshevik Revolution, WWII and related conflicts, scattered Cold War bits)
  12. Mzajac (talk · contribs) (Ukrainian military history, armoured fighting vehicles)
  13. ryan.opel (talk · contribs) )(Soviet Military, WW2 through Cold War)
  14. Славянский патриот (talk · contribs) (Russian Imperial Army, late 19th century - early 20th century)
  15. Sp33dyphil (talk · contribs) (Soviet and Russian military, especially Cold War aviation)
  16. Vecrumba (talk · contribs) (Kievan Rus', partitions of Poland, Bessarabia, Russia in WWI, USSR in WWII)
  17. Catlemur (talk · contribs)
  18. Romanov loyalist (talk · contribs) (Russian imperial army)

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Attention needed referencing and citation (3,293) • coverage and accuracy (2,630) • structure (910) • grammar (307) • supporting materials (822)
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Kiev Strategic Offensive Operation (October 1943)Siege of LeningradEffect of the Siege of Leningrad on the city
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Rus'-Cuman warsKalev ArroBattle of Uhtua-KiestinkiBattles of Repola-RukajärviBattle of SiiranmäkiBattle of MałogoszczaBattle of ChrobrzeSiege of BelySiege of TsarovoSiege of MozhayskFirst Siege of MoscowSecond Siege of MoscowBattle of KuhmoBattle of the Berezina (1920)Battle of BereznoBattle of DziunkówKiev Strategic Offensive Operation (November 1943)Battle of KrupczyceBattle of MiedwiedówkaBattle of Minsk (1920)Battle of MironówkaBattle of NowochwastówBattle of OkuniewBattle of OlszanicaBattle of PuchówkaBattle of SerockBattle of SpiczynBattle of SpiczyniecVoronezh-Kharkov Strategic Offensive OperationBattle of WasylkowceLvov-Chernovitsy Strategic Defensive OperationBattle of ZazimeBattle of ZboiskaBattle of ZelwaBattle of ŻywotówCircassian horsemenGlavnoye Upravleniye Ministerstvo OboronyStasys GuigaStanding Consultative CommissionSTRATUS IVYSoviet military engineeringFirst Pechenga expeditionRevolt of the Ingrian FinnsSecond Pechenga expeditionInsurgency 1920s–1930s in ChechnyaList of missing topics (many redlinks) • West Siberian revolt
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Operation SchamilMilitary history of RussiaBattle of KollaaBattle of RymnikBattle of Trebia (1799)Battle of Peregonovka (Perehonivka)Nikolai VoronovBattle of SuursaariBattle of MirDead HandGregori KulikAlexander Konstantinovich Abramov62nd Rifle Division (Soviet Union)323rd Rifle Division (Soviet Union)
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Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre
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Battle of Moscow (1612)
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  • David Glantz, Colossus series, including David Glantz, Companion to Colossus Reborn: Key Documents and Statistics, Lawrence, Kansas, University Press of Kansas, 2005
  • John Erickson's works
  • Viktor Suvorov, Inside the Soviet Army online text, useful if you take it with a grain of salt
  • - has V.I. Feskov et al, The Soviet Army in the Period of the Cold War, Tomsk University Press, Tomsk, 2004, as well as other Russian military books. Feskov et al 2013 should be used in preference to Feskov et al 2004.
  • Goldmine of information on soviet ground forces here: Link Google Books allows the full viewing!
  • Christopher Andrew and Oleg Gordievsky's "KGB: The Inside Story of its foreign operations from Lenin to Gorbachev", 1990, Hodder and Stoughton, ISBN:0-340-48561-2


  • Axis History forum Soviet, Eastern Front, and translation help sections - English-language forum home to users who are fluent in both English and Russian
  • VIF2NE - Military History Forum, 2-nd version, Novik's edition - good place to talk and to listen...
  • [1] forum on the Red Army Guards and rifle divisions (relatively new) in Russian
  • forum - forum on Soviet Union/Russian Federation & CIS military history



  • Pamyat Naroda - Declassified documents from the Central Archives of the Russian Ministry of Defence pertaining to the 1941-1945 period
  • Soviet Documents at Russian Archives - Files of the State Defense Committee 1941-1945 and Council of People's Commissars 1918-1991. Need Russian or Belarusian IP address to access images online.
  • БОЕВОЙ СОСТАВ СОВЕТСКОЙ АРМИИ за 1941-1945 гг.(Combat Composition of the Soviet Army 1941-45; Russian)
    • 1941
    • 1942
    • 1943
    • 1944
    • 1945
  • Perecheni , lists of Soviet units in the active army 1941–1945
  • Soviet Ministry of Defense compilation of orders awarding Soviet units decorations, recently declassified. Links on as it cannot be found anywhere else on the internet.
    • Part I: 1920–1944
    • Part II: 1945–1966
  • Official Soviet Ministry of Defense list of commanding officers of corps, divisions and tank brigades 1941-1945. Note that dates refer to orders and may not reflect reality "on the ground".
  • Archived files for downloading, listing honorifics awarded to Soviet units 1918-1945, based on archival documents


  • [2] Combat activity of Red Army in the Great Patriotic War
  • [3] War heroes (site dedicated to heroes of USSR and RF)
  • [4] Aviators of the Second World War (in Russian) by Vasily Valer'yevich Kharin
  • [5] alphabetic index to equipment designation names (Russian)
  • Podvig is a good source on Russian nuclear forces, including the history (English)
  • Website on Soviet tank troops in World War II
  • Red Army history website
  • World War II history statistical materials

Official websites

Use with much caution as these are primary sources. Articles/pages can confirm existence of military units or lineage information.

  • Russian Ministry of Defense
  • Krasnaya Zvezda, official Russian MoD newspaper
  • Voenno-istoricheskiy zhurnal, official military historical journal of the Russian MoD
  • Belarusian Ministry of Defense
  • Vo slavu rodiny, official Belarus MoD newspaper
  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defense
  • Narodnaya armiya, official Ukrainian MoD newspaper
  • Viysko ukrainy, official Ukrainian MoD magazine


  • Russian Archives photograph & film collection for World War II period
  • RGAKFD photograph archives
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