Motivations to Serve: The Soviet Soldier in the Second World War Academic Article uri icon


  • This article argues that the willingness of the average Soviet citizen to serve in the armed forces in the Second World War, which enabled the Red Army and the Soviet Union to survive the calamities of 1941 and then defeat the German invasion, was based on the socialist ideals of the Stalinist state, a patriotic love for the historic Russian motherland that transcended politics, and a variety of other social and personal reasons, as well as fear of the consequences of draft evasion and desertion. Service, however, was not an endorsement of the oppression of the Stalinist state. 2007, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • The Journal of Slavic Military Studies

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Reese, R. R.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Reese, Roger R

publication date

  • January 2007