The Iconic Weapon Of The Red Army: The Soviet PPSh-41


There are some weapons that have become so identified with an era or organization that one only needs to lay eyes on them to be reminded of the same.  The Soviet PPSh-41 is one such weapon.  Its ribbed, chromed barrel, drum magazine, sturdy wooden stock, and downward sloping muzzle are all instantly recognizable.  If an historian had to pick one infantry weapon to symbolize the Red Army of the Second World War, he would unhesitatingly pick the PPSh-41 (affectionately known as “Pah-pah-sha” to its users).

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