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Destroy the Enemy in Hand-to-Hand Combat (An Authentic Field Manual of the Red Army) (Red Army Field Manuals) [Kindle Edition]

A. A. Tarasov , Boris Karpa
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“Destroy the Enemy in Hand-to-Hand Combat” was the official Red Army close combat manual during the Second World War.

It was published in 1941, shortly after Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. This would have been the very manual used to train the troops that fought -- and defeated -- the Nazis at Stalingrad and in Berlin, in fierce hand-to-hand and house-to-house combat. This, despite the superiority of German technology and firepower.

Now this book is available to you, with all its original illustrations, in this lovingly formatted electronic edition. The text was translated from the original Russian by author, translator and graduate student of history Boris Karpa, with the utmost care taken to preserve the meaning of the original text, without taking away its unique character.

This manual, however, is more than a historical curiosity. Though the average American gun owner is certainly a better shot and has better equipment than a Soviet conscript, very little emphasis in our culture is placed on hand-to-hand combat skills, even though most self-defense situations occur at point-blank range. If you are serious about the ideas of self-defense and emergency preparedness, “Destroy the Enemy in Hand-to-Hand Combat” may have something to teach you.

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About the Author

Boris Karpa is a writer and translator. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in History at the University of Tel Aviv.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1080 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1489533281
  • Publisher: Di Lernia Publishers (August 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XDGS52
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ageless Wisdom for Warriors, Excellent Translation August 21, 2012
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As a former infantryman in the US Army, this book covers familiar territory for me. It was very interesting to see many of the same tactics still being taught to soldiers after almost seventy years. As a primer, it is not bad, but of course its true appeal comes from a historical perspective.

Though weapons may have advanced over the decades, and the form of the enemy may change, certain traits of a warrior have not. Aggressiveness and tenacity will always be important, as will the need for close-quarters (and perhaps unconventional) weapons. Though today's soldier should be lucky enough to be carrying a pistol as backup, weapons that are always there (and don't need reloading) will always have their place.

Boris Karpa's translation of the original text is excellent, and maintains a distinct tone. One can almost imagine a Russian accent as they read it. I appreciate how much work must have gone into this translation, and find myself hoping that Karpa finds the time to bring us other classic Soviet training manuals.

This was a fun book, and will be of interest to anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to cross bayonets (or entrenching tools) with the enemy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historic Interest October 2, 2013
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Give this three stars for historic interest. Probably would not recommend this if you want a book to give you the best self defense options.
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If brevity is the essence of wit, then this is pretty sharp! I was surprised at the very basic information it contained and the overall brevity of it: I'm happy that I bought the Kindle edition, because I likely would have been incensed at paying for a book and receiving a pamphlet had I purchased the physical edition. Nevertheless, it was an interesting, if quick, read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource July 7, 2014
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Purchase this with The Soldier and Squad in Night Combat and you'll start to get a picture of the average foot soldier's training and role in World War 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting military history February 10, 2014
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I enjoyed this look into Russian military training. It focuses more on aggressive mindset then a reliance on technology. This manual is quite short but it focuses in the essentials of that time. I have always enjoyed history and historical training methods. A good book.
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