The Red Army in 1936

May 9 in Russia and some countries of the former Soviet Union is celebrated as the Day of Victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War.
Paying tribute to those who died in the war, we want to share with you a number of unique photos from an album on the state of the Red Army just before the war, in 1936. Pictures by humus
The Red Army in 1936, photo 1
Soviet young people go with joy to their Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army

The Red Army in 1936, photo 2
Fit for military service!
The Red Army in 1936, photo 3
Nowadays our army is the army of military equipment, industrial army. K.Voroshilov
The Red Army in 1936, photo 4
The artillery of the Red Army can carry out any military tasks assigned to it. Its young cadres in the Bolshevik way master the complex combat equipment
The Red Army in 1936, photo 5
The USSR borders are well protected from the sea. Navy with excellent young manpower stands up to any enemy ship.
The Red Army in 1936, photo 6
Young soldiers learn to master all sorts of weapons. The machine-gunners are trying to achieve the accuracy of a sniper shooting
The Red Army in 1936, photo 7
Red Cavalry, young Soviet Cossacks are fighters who mastered saber and rifle, they are ready to crush the enemy
The Red Army in 1936, photo 8
Securely hiding in the woods, radio operators maintain contacts between parts of the army, transmit and receive reports and orders
The Red Army in 1936, photo 9
The Red Army in 1936, photo 10
We must keep our Red Army on alert and strengthen its fighting ability at all costs. Lenin
The Red Army in 1936, photo 11
Our great party of Lenin and Stalin organized, educated, and made the Red Army invincible
The Red Army in 1936, photo 12
The Red Army in 1936, photo 13
The Red Army in 1936, photo 14
I, the son of working people, a citizen of the USSR, accept the title of soldier of worker and peasant army
The Red Army in 1936, photo 15
I agree to bear this title with honor
The Red Army in 1936, photo 16
I agree to serve to protect the USSR on the first call of the working and peasant government
The Red Army in 1936, photo 17
The Red Army in 1936, photo 18
The bugler heralds the beginning of the day in the Red Navy
The Red Army in 1936, photo 19
In this hour hundreds of thousands of men are doing physical training. Healthy, strong, young, full of combat energy, they are preparing for busy day in the Red Army and the Red Navy
The Red Army in 1936, photo 20
The Red Army in 1936, photo 21
The Red Army in 1936, photo 22
The number of super-sniper marksmen is increasing
The Red Army in 1936, photo 23
Everyone knows how crucial machine guns are in defense. Machine guns have different functions
The Red Army in 1936, photo 24
Machine guns have different functions in a modern defense – against the manpower, against tanks, against air attacks. K. Voroshilov
The Red Army in 1936, photo 25
Our valiant cavalry, covered with the glory of the Civil War, written the golden pages in the history of the Red Army, is improving in the daily learning
The Red Army in 1936, photo 26
The Red Army in 1936, photo 27
Nowadays, if you are strong in the air, you are strong in general. K.Voroshilov
The Red Army in 1936, photo 28
Training of paratroopers – one of the most delicate and technically challenging art – is mastered by the Red Army. K.Voroshilov
The Red Army in 1936, photo 29


The Red Army in 1936 – Part 2

Here is the second part of photos on the state of the Read Army just before the Second World War, in 1936. We can see the Red Army soldiers at study, rest and in combat. Pictures by humus
The Red Army in 1936, photo 30

The Red Army in 1936, photo 31
Camouflage is an important part of military art. Tanks, guns, and entire units of the Red Army can become invisible to enemy aircraft, to enemy intelligence, thanks to the ability to disguise themselves.
The Red Army in 1936, photo 32
The Red Army in 1936, photo 33
In the field and in the clean dining rooms decorated with flowers soldiers of the Red Army are fed delicious and satisfying.
The Red Army in 1936, photo 34
The Red Army in 1936, photo 35
At night, the Red Army must be able to fight as in the daytime. If enemy attacks from the air, sound-locators will open its oncoming, searchlights will find it, tracer bullets and artillery shells will accurately hit it
The Red Army in 1936, photo 36
The Red Army in 1936, photo 37
The Red Army is still not only fighting organization for soldiers, but also the school where they receive a thorough political education, become responsible citizens of the Soviet Union. K. Voroshilov
In the political class, soldiers of the Red Army study history of the USSR and the party of Lenin and Stalin, the Soviet government policies, Stalin Constitution, international situation.
The Red Army in 1936, photo 38
We improve the general education level of our soldiers, give them a variety of skills, instill culture, orderliness, discipline (not just military), we develop their ability to work on themselves, perfect themselves. K. Voroshilov
The Red Army in 1936, photo 39
The Red Army amateur performances are widely known throughout the country. Each unit has its own orchestras, choirs, dancers and entertainers
The Red Army in 1936, photo 40
The Red Army in 1936, photo 41
Cheerful and swift are the dances of the Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble of the Soviet Union – the largest art collective in the Red Army
The Red Army in 1936, photo 42
The Red Army in 1936, photo 43
The Red Army in 1936, photo 44
The Red Army in 1936, photo 45
We do our best to organize the physical fitness of the Red Army soldiers and the entire command staff, so that the entire Red Army consists of physically strong, hardy and physically beautiful people. K. Voroshilov
The Red Army in 1936, photo 46
The Red Navy sailors are spending their leisure hours cheerfully and joyfully
The Red Army in 1936, photo 47
The Red Army in 1936, photo 48
In the clubs and houses of the Red Army, on the hunt
The Red Army in 1936, photo 49
Tank units are already on the move. In the forest, they were moving slowly, on the open spaces they were moving at full throttle, they used pontoon bridges to cross rivers
The Red Army in 1936, photo 50
Field portable radio was working in a remote wooded ravine. Radio operator in headphones was lying on the ground and recording with concentration. The scouts were keeping a sharp look out for the “enemy.” The company commander was writing a report
The Red Army in 1936, photo 51
In the forests, in ravines, on the crossroads enemy met unexpected resistance. Everywhere they were caught by a sure fire, fast counterattack
The Red Army in 1936, photo 52
Soldiers in gas masks were walking through clouds of poisonous gases
The Red Army in 1936, photo 53
They attacked with heavy machine guns, barbed wire was cut with special scissors
The Red Army in 1936, photo 54
The infantry was advancing overcoming anti-tank ditches
The Red Army in 1936, photo 55
Tankers spent their time in a warm conversation with peasants waiting for the order to move
The Red Army in 1936, photo 56
The wide river was flowing in the distance. Sappers with amazing rapidity made pontoon bridge
The Red Army in 1936, photo 57
Tanks suddenly came out of the woods. Tanks attacked. They raced in drifts of dust as torpedo boats. Several kilometers wide field was covered by them. They crossed the ditches, took the steep climbs. Motorized infantry was transported to the place of “battle”
The Red Army in 1936, photo 58
Heavy bombers were flying in the air in open formation. Huge terrible force felt in their relentless movement, in the roar of their engines. Suddenly a black dot separated from the first bomber and flew down.
Parachute blossomed close to the ground – it was the commander in a hurry to find himself on the ground before his fighters. And now hundreds of black dots separated from the aircraft and flew down, white tops of the parachutes suddenly flashed in the sky
The Red Army in 1936, photo 59
It looked like a sudden heavy snowfall. Soldiers landed, lined in the battle order and followed their commanders. Their attack behind enemy lines must be damaging, full of terrible suddenness
The Red Army in 1936, photo 60
Cavalry rushed to the attack accompanied by ground attack aircraft



















To be continued…