Russian Military Translations



Russian Military Translations specializes in accurate Russian to English translations of military and military history documents from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Expert translations are performed by Major James F. Gebhardt, United States Army (Retired), who has an extensive background in Soviet military operations and Russian linguistics.

Major Gebhardt has also written for the highly regarded Leavenworth Papers military history series, and has translated and edited a number of books written by USSR World War II veterans.



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Russian Military Translations
1509 Jackson Court
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
Telephone: (913) 682-3847
e-mail: rmiltran@kc.rr.com

 


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Official Soviet Weapons Manuals
--The Official Makarov Pistol Manual -- Click here to order directly from Delta Press.
--The Official SKS Manual -- Available Now !  Click here to order directly from Paladin Press.
--The Official Soviet Army Hand Grenade Manual -- Available Now!  Click here to order directly from Paladin Press.
--The Official Soviet SVD Manual -- Available Now!  Click here to order directly from Paladin Press.
--The Official Soviet AKM Manual -- Available Now!  Click here to order directly from Paladin Press.
--The Official Soviet Mosin-Nagant Rifle Manual -- Available Now!  Click here to order directly from Paladin Press.
--The Official Soviet Mosin-Nagant Sniper Rifle Manual --Available Now! Clck here to order directly from Paladin Press.
--The Official Soviet AK-74 Manual -- Available Now!  Click here to order directly from Paladin Press.
--The Official Soviet PK Machine Gun Manual -- Out of print

--The Official Soviet 7.62mm Handgun Manual -- Out of print
--The Official Soviet Stechkin Pistol Manual - Out of print
--The Official Soviet RPG Manual – Out of print

--Soviet Sniper's Handbook 1942 -- Available now from Russian Military Translations!

Official Soviet Automatic Weapons Manuals
--The Official PPSh-41 Submachine Gun Manual -- Available now from Russian Military Translations!
--The Official PPS-43 Submachine Gun Manual
-- Available now from Russian Military Translations!
--The Official Degtyarev Infantry Machine Gun Manual
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--The Official Degtyarev Light Infantry Machine Gun Manual --
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--The Official DShK Heavy Machine Gun Manual --
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USSR World War II
--Blood on the Shores: Soviet Naval Commandos in World War II by Viktor Leonov. Available from Amazon.com and elsewhere.
--Commanding the Red Army's Sherman Tanks: The World War II Memoirs of Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitriy Loza, by Dmitriy Loza. Available from Amazon.com and elsewhere.
--Fighting for the Soviet Motherland, by Dmitriy Loza. Available from Amazon.com and elsewhere.
--Commandos from the Sea: Soviet Naval Spetsnaz in World War II, by Yuriy Strekhnin. Available from Amazon.com and elsewhere.
--Attack of the Airacobras: Soviet Aces, American P-39s, and the Air War Against Germany by Dmitriy Loza
. Available from Amazon.com and elsewhere.

Leavenworth Papers No. 17, The Petsamo-Kirkenes Operation: Soviet Breakthrough and Pursuit in the Arctic, October 1944 published by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

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The Official Makarov Manual

A direct translation of the original Soviet manual on the Use and Maintenance of the Makarov Pistol, published in 1957 by the USSR Ministry of Defense. It includes detailed instructions on assembly, disassembly, cleaning, maintenance, and employment of the pistol. The comprehensive instructions are accompanied by exact renderings of the original illustrations. This manual is a must for any enthusiast who owns or shoots any model of the Makarov, in 9mm Makarov or .380 cal.




The Official Makarov Manual is available directly from Delta Press, 215 S. Washington St., El Dorado, AR 71730. Tel. (800) 852-4445
Also available from Amazon.com and elsewhere.

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The Official SKS Manual

A translation of the original 1963 Soviet manual for the popular 7.62mm SKS carbine. It contains approximately 130 pages of text with 79 detailed illustrations and diagrams.

The Official SKS Manual is available directly from Paladin Press.

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The Official Soviet Army Hand Grenade Manual

A translation of both the original 1944 and 1974 Soviet manuals that covers the employment, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of virtually all of the hand grenades used by the Red Army from World War II to present.

The Official Soviet Army Hand Grenade Manual is available directly from Paladin Press.

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The Official Soviet AKM Manual

A translation of the original 1967 Soviet manual that covers the employment, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of the 7.62mm Modernized Kalashnikov Rifle (AKM and AKMS). Soft cover, 106 pages with over 90 detailed illustrations and tables.

The Official Soviet AKM Manual is available directly from Paladin Press.

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The Official Soviet SVD Manual

A translation of the original 1984 Soviet manual that covers the employment, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of the 7.62mm Dragunov Sniper Rifle (SVD). Soft cover, 102 pages with over 75 detailed illustrations and tables.

The Official Soviet SVD Manual is available directly from Paladin Press.

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The Official Soviet Mosin-Nagant Rifle Manual

A translation of the original 1961 Soviet manual that covers the employment, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of the Model 1891/30 Rifle and Model 1938 and Model 1944 Carbines. Soft cover, 104 pages with over 95 detailed illustrations and tables.

The Official Soviet Mosin-Nagant Rifle Manual is available directly from Paladin Press.

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The Official Soviet Mosin-Nagant Sniper Rifle Manual

A translation of the original 1954 Soviet manual that covers the operating instructions, employment, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of the Model 1891/30 7.62mm Sniper Rifle with PU Scope and Observation Instruments. Soft cover, 114 pages with over 100 detailed illustrations and tables.

The Official Soviet Mosin-Nagant Sniper Rifle Manual is available directly from Paladin Press.

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The Official Soviet AK-74 Manual

A translation of the original 1976 Soviet manual that covers the employment, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of the 5.45mm Kalashnikov Assault Rifle (AK-74 and AKS-74) and Kalashnikov Light Machine Gun (RPK-74 and RPKS-74). Soft cover, 150 pages with over 100 detailed illustrations and tables.

The Official Soviet AK-74 Manual is available now directly from Paladin Press.

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The Official Soviet RPG Manual

A translation of the original 1954 and 1967 Soviet manuals that covers the employment, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of the RPG-2 and RPG-7 Antitank Rocket Launchers. Soft cover, 127 pages with over 85 detailed illustrations and tables.

The Official Soviet RPG Manual is available now from Paladin Press.

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The Official Soviet PK Machine Gun Manual

A translation of the original 1987 Soviet manual that covers the employment, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of the 7.62 x 54mm Kalashnikov Machine Gun. Soft cover ,151 pages with over 120 detailed illustrations and tables.

The Official Soviet PK Machine Gun Manual is available now from Paladin Press.

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Soviet Sniper's Handbook 1942

A translation of the original 1942 Soviet Sniper's Handbook . This book covers the tactics and characteristics of the Soviet sniper and sniper teams, as well as the employment, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of the SVT-40 Sniper Rifle. An additional section covers how to zero the 1891 and 1891/30 7.62mm three line rifle. Soft cover, 110 pages with over 95 detailed illustrations and tables.

Soviet Sniper's Handbook 1942 is available in the USA from Russian Military Translations, 1509 Jackson Court, Leavenworth, KS 66048. E-mail: rmiltran@lvnworth.com.
$15 plus $2 s/h for USA, $3 s/h to Canada.

In the UK and Europe, contact Russian Military Press Translation (UK), P.O. Box 67, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 4ZR, United Kingdom. E-mail: ptamony@aol.com

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The Official PPSh-41 Submachine Gun Manual

A translation of the original 1955 Soviet manual for the most widely employed Soviet submachine gun of World War II. The manual contains approximately 60 pages of text with 79 detailed illustrations and diagrams.



The Official PPSh-41 Submachine Gun Manual is available from Russian Military Translations for $12.95 plus $3.00 postage and handling, $14.95 (plus P/H) to overseas addresses.

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The Official PPS-43 Submachine Gun Manual

A translation of the original 1946 Soviet manual for this widely employed Soviet submachine gun of World War II. The manual contains approximately 50 pages of text with 40 detailed illustrations and tables.



The Official PPS-43 Submachine Gun Manual is available from Russian Military Translations for $12.95 plus $3.00 postage and handling, $14.95 (plus P/H) to overseas addresses.

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The Official Degtyarev Infantry Machine Gun Manual

A translation of the original 1946 Soviet manual for this Soviet machine gun . The manual contains approximately 75 pages of text with 70 detailed illustrations and tables.



The Official Degtyarev Infantry Machine Gun Manual is available from Russian Military Translations for $13.95 plus $3.00 postage and handling.

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The Official Degtyarev Light Machine Gun Manual

A translation of the original 1957 Soviet manual for this Soviet machine gun. The manual contains approximately 90 pages of text with 75 detailed illustrations and tables.



The Official Degtyarev Light Machine Gun Manual is available from Russian Military Translations for $13.95 plus $3.00 postage and handling.

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The Official DShK Heavy Machine Gun Manual

A translation of the original 1950 Soviet manual for the Soviet DShK heavy machine gun, which is still in use around the world. The manual contains approximately 180 pages of text with more than 150 detailed illustrations and tables.



The Official DShK Heavy Machine Gun Manual is available from Russian Military Translations for $24.95 plus $4.00 postage and handling.

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The Official 7.62mm Soviet Handgun Manual

A translation of the original 1954 Soviet manual for the 7.62mm Nagant Model 1895 revolver and the 7.62mm Tokarev Model 1933 semi-automatic pistol. It contains detailed instructions on the care and maintenance of these two firearms, along with over 100 illustrations.




The Official 7.62mm Soviet Handgun Manual is out of print.

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The Official Soviet Stechkin Pistol Manual

A translation of the original 1957 Soviet manual for this Soviet 9mm automatic pistol. The manual contains approximately 70 pages of text with 80 detailed illustrations and tables.



The Official Soviet AK-74 Manual is out of print.

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Blood on the Shores: Soviet Naval Commandos in World War II

This is the thrilling account of the exploits of Twice Hero of the Soviet Union Viktor Leonov, who fought both German and Japanese troops in World War II as a member of the Soviet Navy's elite special purpose forces.

Blood on the Shores is available from Amazon.com, and is available or may be ordered from your nearest bookstore.

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Leavenworth Papers No. 17, The Petsamo-Kirkenes Operation: Soviet Breakthrough and Pursuit in the Arctic, October 1944

This is an account of a Soviet offensive conducted in late 1944 to drive German forces from Soviet territory on the Murmansk axis. At the completion of the three-week operation, Soviet forces were occupying a portion of northern Norway. Photos, maps, charts, based primarily on Soviet sources, but also cites German unit records.



This 180-page paperback can be ordered in any U.S. Government Book Store.
An online version may be found at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Web site.

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Commanding the Red Army's Sherman Tanks: The World War II Memoirs of Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitriy Loza

by Dmitriy Loza (translated and edited by James F. Gebhardt). Dmitriy Loza was a lieutenant in World War II, and commanded first a company and then a battalion of Sherman M4A2 tanks manufactured in the USA and given to the USSR under the Lend-Lease Program. His unit fought in several major operations from the Ukraine through Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Austria. At the conclusion of hostilities in Europe, his unit was sent to the Mongolian steppe, where they drew brand new Shermans for the coming offensive against the Japanese Kwantung Army in Manchuria. This is a highly entertaining yet poignant account of close tank and infantry combat on the Eastern Front using American equipment.



Available in bookstores, at Amazon.com, or directly from
The University of Nebraska Press, P.O. Box 880484, Lincoln, NE 68588-0484.

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Fighting for the Soviet Motherland

by Dmitriy Loza (translated and edited by James F. Gebhardt). Dmitriy Loza was a lieutenant in World War II, and commanded first a company and then a battalion of Sherman M4A2 tanks manufactured in the USA and given to the Soviet Union. This book continues the first hand account of Dmity Loza that began with his first book, Commanding the Red Army's Sherman Tanks.

This book is a History Book Club selection.

Available in bookstores, at Amazon.com, or directly from
The University of Nebraska Press, P.O. Box 880484, Lincoln, NE 68588-0484

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Commandos from the Sea: Soviet Naval Spetsnaz in World War II

by Yuriy Strekhnin (translated by James F. Gebhardt). This is an account of the naval scouts of the Black Sea Fleet operating against German forces in the Caucasus foothills, later in the Crimea, and after reassignment to the Danube Flotilla, along the Danube River as far as Vienna. Inserted by land, sea, and air, these daring men conducted tactical raids, tactical and strategic reconnaissance tasks, and urban combat, mine clearing, and riverine operations.



Available from Naval Institute Press, 1-800-233-8764
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Attack of the Airacobras
Soviet Aces, American P-39s, and the Air War Against Germany

by Dmitriy Loza (translated and edited by James F. Gebhardt). The Soviet Union received 5,000 P-39 Airacobras through the United States' Lend-Lease Program. The Soviets quickly adapted the planes into a devastatingly lethal force. Loza's account vividly re-creates the battle campaigns of this odd coupling of capitalist planes and Marxist pilots, and shines a bright light on a little known part of the air war on the Eastern Front.

Dmitriy Loza, a retired and highly decorated Soviet Army Colonel, commanded a Sherman-equipped tank battalion in the Red Army during World War II. Based on interviews with Soviet veterans and extensive access to squadron histories and logbooks, Loza provides a rare and insightful look at what it was like to live and fight in this victorious air unit.



Available in bookstores, at Amazon.com, or directly from
The University Press of Kansas, 2501 West 15th Street, Lawrence, KS 66049-3905
Phone Orders (785) 684-4155

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About Major James Gebhardt

James F. Gebhardt is a retired U.S. Army officer who served as an enlisted infantryman (1966-69), armor officer (1974-83), and Soviet foreign area officer (1984-91). Gebhardt studied the Russian language at the University of Idaho at Moscow (BA, Political Science, 1974), the University of Washington at Seattle (MA, Soviet History, 1976), Defense Language Institute at Presidio of Monterey, California (Diploma, 1984), and the U.S. Army Russian Institute at Garmisch, Federal Republic of Germany (Diploma, 1986). He has performed military duty in the Soviet Union, and has escorted numerous Soviet scientific, military, and diplomatic personnel on military installations in the United States.

Mr. Gebhardt currently resides in Leavenworth, Kansas, and works as a Department of the Army civilian at Fort Leavenworth.

 

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Russian Military Translations is looking for interesting and commercially viable Russian-to-English translation projects. If you have one, contact James Gebhardt directly.

Russian Military Translations
1509 Jackson Court
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
Telephone: (913) 682-3847
e-mail: rmiltran@kc.rr.com

 




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