Partisan's Companion

Deadly Techniques of Soviet Freedom Fights During World War II

translated by Paul J. Schmitt

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248 pages, 5.5" x 8.5"

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Learn how regular citizens fought back against Hitler's army in this exclusive translation of the first guide for Soviet partisans. The original version of this manual was distributed to the public in December 1941 as Nazi tanks rolled toward Moscow. Inside was chapter after chapter of guerrilla warfare and survival tactics designed to turn ordinary civilians into freedom fighters capable of defending the motherland against a superior force.

Of historic note as the first step toward the development of an organized Soviet partisan movement, the original book had an initial printing of 50,000 copies; printed on low-grade paper, they are rare finds today. In this translation, you'll learn the tactics of partisan warfare as practiced by Soviet citizens during World War II, including how to destroy tanks; set up and use improvised sniper positions; carry out sapper work such as felling trees, damaging telephone and telegraph wires and destroying bridges; fighting with knives and entrenching tools; and surviving under harsh winter conditions.

The Partisan's Companion's relevance to the 21st century is undeniable: the partisan, or guerrilla, has remained a deadly threat that cannot be downplayed or marginalized.
Paul J. Schmitt began his study of the Russian language at the United States Military Academy and in 1990 participated in the only U.S.-Soviet cadet exchange. After commissioning, he served as a rifle platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division and a 10th Special Forces Group detachment commander. After studying a year in Moscow, he received a masters degree in Russian language from Middlebury College. He is currently working for the US government and has had several postings overseas, particularly in Europe.
1) The Tactics of Partisan Warfare
2) Weapons
- Remember These Basic Rules of Firearm Handling
- Weapon Care in Winter
3) Mosin Nagant 1891/ 30 Rifle
- Purpose
- Firing Characteristics
- Care of the Weapon
- How to Clear a Problem
- Ammunition
4) Small Caliber TOZ-8 and TOZ-9 Rifles
- Firing Characteristics
- How to Clear a Problem
5) Semiautomatic Tokarev Rifle Model 1940
- Firing Characteristics
- How to Adjust the Gas Regulator
- How to Clear a Problem
6) Hand Grenades
- 1933 Hand Grenade
- How to Set the Grenade's Mechanism for Pre Firing
- How to Prime the Grenade
- How to Deprime the Grenade
- How to Throw the Grenade
- F-1 Hand Grenade
- Purpose
- How to Prime the Grenade
- How to Throw the Grenade
- Antitank Grenade
7) 1940 PPD and 1941 PPSH Submachine Guns
- Purpose
- Firing Characteristics
- Daily Care
- How to Prevent a Misfire
- How to Clear a Misfire in Combat
- How to Load the Magazine
- Partial Disassembly of the PPD
- Assembly of the PPD after Partial Disassembly
- Partial Assembly of the PPSH
- Assembly of the PPSH after Partial Disassembly
8) DP Light Machine Gun
- Purpose
- Firing Characteristics
- Daily Maintenance and Care
- How to Clear a Problem
- How to Correct a Misfire
- How to Load the Magazine

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