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Charaina13 May 2019 3:36 p.m. PST

I was reading about anti-Soviet partisan warfare in the Baltic during and after WW2, and saw references made to the notorious"Destruction Battalions" of the NKVD/MVD, mostly recruited from locals. Out of curiosity, what sort of uniform and equipment did these battalions have?

Cuprum13 May 2019 10:21 p.m. PST

"Destruction battalions" – is self-protection of settlements. This is usually a Soviet asset (officials, members of the Communist Party, Komsomol, veterans of the Second World War). They had no special uniform (except for those who retained the uniform, having returned from the front and officers of the criminal police). The armament was mainly Soviet, rifles and submachine guns. For images in miniatures fit figures of the partisans.

Fighters of the "Destruction Battalion" in Western Ukraine 1945

"Destruction Battalion" fighters in Latvia 1945

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2019 4:00 a.m. PST

Cuprum many thanks on tracking all this down, including the pictures!

I have a "unit" of Eureka 15mm partisans and from the pictures they would double easily as one of these units.

Cuprum14 May 2019 9:33 a.m. PST

I recommend to make several figures in the uniform of the Soviet criminal police. They have an unusual blue uniform. It will look interesting.

1. A district police officer. Dressed in army uniforms, and a police cap.
2. Sergeant police.
3. Police officer.

1. Police Sergeant in winter uniform.
2. Police officer in winter uniform.
3. The police commissar in the winter out of order uniform.

Charaina14 May 2019 6:09 p.m. PST

Thank you for the info and pictures Cuprum! Do you know of any books that cover Soviet Criminal Police uniforms?

Cuprum14 May 2019 7:39 p.m. PST

Yes of course. There is an excellent book, with text in English and Russian languages. Author: Tokar L.N. "The history of Russian uniform. Soviet militia 1918-1991" (In the Soviet tradition, the criminal police was called "militia").

But finding it will not be easy, since it was published in 1994.

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