Mosin Nagant M44
A shorter carbine version of the longer Mosin Nagant 91/30. Unlike the earlier carbine model, the M38, the M44 has a side-folding non-removable spike bayonet. This feature would later become integrated with the SKS, albeit as an under-folding bayonet. The M44 gets it’s designation from the year it entered service, 1944, but there were some produced in 1943, which are generally more collectable and cost a bit more.
Sniper march… (Female Soviet soldiers on the march with their Mosin Nagan 91/30 rifles. Note that some of them are equipped with the PU scope, whereas others are not.)
Yugoslav partisans with Soviet officers. Novi Bečej, Yugoslavia, October 1944.
Pavlovs house; Stalingrad. Marked as a “fortress” on German maps.
Named after Sergeant Yakov Pavlov, initially with a 30 man squad this building was taken from the Germans, post capture, only 4 of the squad remained alive, Sgt Pavlov being most senior. Taking Stalin’s “not one step back” order for what it was, Sgt Pavlov quickly organised the defence of this building. Land mines, barbed wire, machine guns and anti tank guns were set up. Within days of the buildings capture, Soviet reinforcements arrived, boosting troop numbers to 25.
For 2 months straight post capture, Pavlov and his men defended this building from daily German attacks, towards the end, it was said that Pavlov and his men had to run out into the square to kick over the piles of German bodies; so that they couldn’t be used as cover for the next group. This place was a death-trap for any Germans nearby.
General Vasily Chuikov had even claimed that “more Germans died trying to take Pavlovs house than did taking Paris”
Anyway, those guys were pretty cool I thought.
Something beautiful about belt-fed firearms…