What is it about?

This chapter explores why Soviet soldiers fought on the Eastern Front in the Second World War, and the strategies employed to survive everyday life in the Red Army.

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Why is it important?

This chapter provides a timely survey of the explanations of why the Red Army fought during the Second World War assessing key arguments and interpretations based on new evidence and latest scholarship.


This was enormous fun to write, and a great opportunity to survey the literature on this important historiographical question.

Dr Robert Dale
Newcastle University

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This page is a summary of: “For What and For Whom Were We Fighting?” Red Army Soldiers, Combat Motivation and Survival Strategies on the Eastern Front in the Second World War, March 2019, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/9789004393547_008.
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