Penalty Strike: The Memoirs of a Red Army Penal Company Commander, 1943-45 (The Stackpole Military History Series)

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Composed of convicts - soldiers who conducted 'unauthorised retreats', former Soviet POWs deemed untrustworthy, and Gulag prisoners - the Red Army's penal units received the most difficult, dangerous assignments, such as breaking through the enemy's defenses. This title provides the memoirs of a Red Army penal company commander.