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    " Recruitment for the Red Army," Publishing House of the Narkomat of the Army and Navy (Narkomvoenmor) and Revolutionary Military Council (RVS), Moscow, 1926, 292 pp, Russian text, hard cover.

    " Recruitment for the Red Army," Publishing House of the Narkomat of the Army and Navy (Narkomvoenmor) and Revolutionary Military Council (RVS), Moscow, 1926, 292 pp, Russian text, hard cover. Perhaps one of a series of campaign studies published by the "RKKA Headquarters. Agency for Research and Application of the War Experiences".

    Printed on a light paper stock not much better than newsprint. The cover is typical Soviet heavy cardboard carefully covered on both sides with a thin typing paper that titles and text would print better on than the underlying cardboard. No illustrations. Shows several stamps including that of the Red Army Archives and of the Book Depository of the NKVD State Security.

    Very interesting book printed soon after the end of the Civil War, at the time when the Red Army was developing professional cadres and abandoning any pretense of being even partially an "all volunteer" force. The work is based completely on the experiences of the Civil War and deals with interesting subjects such as the draft, the national and social makeup of the Red Army, and the rounding up of deserters. The latter topic is illustrated by some stunning statistics. It recounts, for example, that according to the official Soviet estimates, the Red Army lost over 1.5 million men to desertions in 1919 alone. No wonder the book was kept under lock and key in the state security archives!

    Very good condition, particularly since the virtually "wartime" paper stock is not much better than common newsprint. It has aged well and is not brittle in the least. The cover has suffered a few minor bumps and the corners have slightly split, revealing their typing-paper-pasted-over-cardboard construction.

    For the Russian speaking historian, this book will undoubtedly prove to be a gold mine of information!


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