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Soviet Submachine Guns of World War II

Soviet Submachine Guns of World War II Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2014 Title Soviet Submachine Guns of World War II
Author Chris McNab Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2014 ISBN 9781782007944
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.95


The problem: rapidly train millions of raw Soviet recruits to kill Nazi German invaders.

The solution: promptly produce millions of cheap, crude, reliable automatic weapons that peasant trainees can quickly master.

That's the gist of Soviet Submachine Guns of World War II – 33rd installment in Osprey's acclaimed "Weapon" series.  And what a remarkably instructive account it is.

In characteristically clear-cut fashion, author Chris McNab's fascinating little handbook recaps three landmark designs: the PPD-40, PPSh-41 and PPS.

Although technically unremarkable, these Soviet submachine guns allowed relatively untrained infantry to lay down fierce firepower, often in close urban settings – perfectly complementing Soviet tactics and nullifying enemy advantages.

Photos, drawings and paintings season Osprey's study.  Steve Noon's outstandingly evocative action illustrations pack puissant punch.  (Really, now: who's better than Mr. Noon?)  And Alan Guilliland's cut-aways proved admirably informative.  A glossary, index and summary of primary and secondary sources complete contents.  And the whole thing includes annotations!


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!