9 Facts About Red Army

1. The Red Army co-operated with armed Bolshevik Party-oriented volunteer units, the Части особого назначения—ЧОН from 1919 to 1925.

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2. In 1937, the Red Army numbered around 1.3 million, increasing to almost three times that number by June 1941.

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3. On 22 September 1935 the Red Army abandoned service categories and introduced personal ranks.

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4. The Red Army abandoned epaulettes and ranks, using purely functional titles such as "Division Commander", "Corps Commander" and similar titles.

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5. At the beginning of its existence, the Red Army functioned as a voluntary formation, without ranks or insignia.

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6. The Red Army lost millions of men as prisoners and lost much of its pre-war materiel.

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7. The Red Army achieved its objectives; it maintained effective control over the Manchurian Chinese Eastern Railway, and successfully installed a pro-Soviet regime in Xinjiang.

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8. The Red Army co-operated with armed Bolshevik Party-oriented volunteer units, the Части особого назначения—ЧОН from 1919 to 1925.

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9. At the start of the war, the Red Army consisted of 299 infantry regiments.

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