Soviet Paratroopers?

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Belov's raid of 41-2 started as Cavalry based, but linked up with partisans and some paratroopers. I've written a cavalry list, and there's partisan lists out there. Has anyone written a Soviet Airborne list?

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Not yet but Vyazma is in my list of possible PSC's to write . Have done a fair bit of research and have a para OOB somewhere. The new Warlord Airborne figures are interesting?

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I'd also be interested in the Soviet paratrooper list.

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Trotter, I was pondering the same thing, but from the Cavalry side, but I wonder, is a Y shaped PSC possible? A cavalry/mechanised arm and an airborne arm, joining up for either Big CoC or options for the stem?

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I think it is not just possible but an interesting idea that could make a great campaign. Big CoC varient is also something I would look at.
In mean time I will see if I can dig up the old Airborne TO&E.

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The Scottish Corridor campaign has Germans attacking from two sides: would something like that work?

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Have looked at 1bout 50 files on Soviet Airborne but cannot find the TO&E I was after.....grrrr
Did find this interesting reading - totally from German perspective but detailed - US Army pub in 1952
*S # P-116 RUSSIAN AIRBORNE OPERATIONS by Hellmuth Reinhardt, Generalmajor a.D. Eitel-Friedrich Binder, Oberst i«G. a.D. Walther K. Nehring, General der Panzertruppe a.D. Hans Seidemann, General der Flieger a.D.
Russian airborne operations. Chief of Military History, -MS-$2-1X6, (1952). This Document IS A HOLDING OF THE ARCHIVES SECTION LIBRARY SERVICES FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS DOCUMENT NO. R-1613XJ

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Glantz has a book on Soviet Airborne. Would that include it?

Also, is this something to collaborate on? I've been looking for details of Belov's raid, but the only primary source I can find is Belov's memoirs.... which are in Russian, with no English translation I can find. I think John Harrel has a translation he might be willing to share tho'

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Tomm wrote:
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:53 am
Glantz has a book on Soviet Airborne. Would that include it?
I have Glantz's "The Soviet Airborne Experience" and I haven't yet found any TOE info in it. I have some AB platoon listing (37 men only I seem to remember) somewhere, I'll keep on looking.

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I have an unattributed TOE listing which I've downloaded from somewhere in 2016:

Soviet Parachute Rifle Company 1941-1942

Company command group:
3 officers with SMG
2 NCOs with SMG
2 RFN (not sure what these are, radio crew or messengers likely)

Fire Support Platoon:
1 Officer with SMG
4 mortar teams, each with
1 NCO with SMG
1 50mm mortar
2 crew with rifles

4 Platoons, each with:
1 Officer with SMG
3 squads, each with:
1 NCO with SMG
1 LMG
1 LMG crew with pistol
1 LMG crew with rifle
1 rifleman (marked R* so probably scoped rifle or automatic rifle?)
5 riflemen

Additional info at the end of the lising reads:

NOTE: THE PARACHUTE RIFLE COMPANY MIGHT BE DIRECTLY SUPPORTED BY UP TO 1 GUN PLATOON OR 1 AT PLATOON ,EITHER OF WHICH WOULD BE WITHOUT LIMBERS OR DRIVERS .
AS THE WAR WENT ON, PARACHUTE TROOPS WERE LARGELY REORGANIZED INTO STANDARD
RIFLE DIVISIONS WITH ALL THE DIVISION`S SUPPORTING ELEMENTS .

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