A heavily armed soldier of the Red Army, 194

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I did research for an undergraduate paper on the Eastern front from Operation Barbarossa until the turning point at Stalingrad and while I don’t recall off the top of my head which book I read, I did indeed read that there were units in Stalingrad sometime in October 1942 that were sent into the city with the infamous one-rifle-two-men armament. The Russian line at the time was pushed back to less than 100 yards from the river’s edge and they needed men in there as quickly as possible and didn’t want to wait for ammunition and weapon supplies to catch up to the reinforcements before moving them in and risk losing the entire city.

Of course, this only happened for a few days at best and was probably less than 1% of the entire Russian fighting force in the battle, but it is indeed documented as having actually happened!

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