From Autonomicon Mk. II
The Red Army (Russian: Рабоче-Крестьянская Красная Армия, Raboche-Krest'yanskaya Krasnaya Armiya; RKKA, full translation: Workers' and Peasants' Red Army) is the oldest of Soviet organisations next to the Communist Party. Scholars in the Democratic Federation recognize its founder was Leon Trotsky (Denounced in the Soviet Union: 1927). It is also known as the Army of the Soviet Union by the ultranationalist factions within the USSR's society and political structure, having technically moved from a 'revolutionary militia' to a professional army of a sovereign state.
"Red" refers to the bloodshed by the working class in its struggle against capitalism, and is regarded as an honorary title for military service branches with this primary designation, whether serving during the Great Patriotic War or spearheading the colonization of new worlds.
It's main function is to engage in ground combat with the enemies of the Soviet Union, whilst secondary functions include supporting revolutions across the galaxy. It is noted that it has a tendency towards war songs and its signature battle cry is shouted in a deep note three or two times.
From the depths of the darkest hours of Humankind, to the empire of the USSR, the Red Army has come far from its humble beginnings. Slowly gaining momentum as a competent Tank developer and with an unrivalled industrial capacity, the Red Army has maintained its battlefield ability that was born in the ashes of the Eastern Front of the Second World War. From the hordes of conscript infantry and light tank support has arisen a highly competent and massive armed force that, whilst continues to make use of conscripts, is highly mechanized and outfitted with weapons of war previously unimaginable before the First Scinfaxi War.
The Red Army revolves around two concepts of warfare: "Liberation by Great Patriotic War," and "Liberation by Proletarian Peoples War". The first referencing the war by tanks, artillery and infantry, waged over strongly defined fronts against an opposing army, the goal being to annihilate the enemies cities and armies and pave the way for "Proletarian Colonisation".
The second is far more cunning and complex. If high command regards the planetary Communist Party strong enough, the Red Army will begin a highly complicated and thoroughly planned guerrilla war against small military bases and law enforcement, while the planetary Communist Party starts riots, strikes and infiltrates the armed forces to encourage mutiny.
This takes place over a period of months or even years, and can continue even when no Soviet fleets are present. The real blow comes when the planet falls to Soviet control, and nearly all of its industry, agriculture, government and population are still intact, but under Soviet control.
Operational Manoeuvre Group
The Operational Manoeuvre Group was a concept created in the early 1950s to combat the German Reich's panzer formations and the West's combined arms forces. At the Front level, two Tank Armies are organized into the Operational Manoeuvre Group, as well as assistant brigades and regiments. Each OMG is tasked with exploiting a breakthrough in the enemy's frontline, spearheading an advance into the enemy's rear areas.
First Scinfaxi War
The Soviet Union fared significantly better than most of the other world powers in the Scinfaxi invasion of Earth. Much the joy of senior Soviet leadership, the Scinfaxi landed primarily in German controlled territory in Poland and the western Ukraine. As German forces wilted back in an attempt to contain the invasion, the Red Army reclaimed considerable swaths of land without conflict. Such ease would not last.
Kharkov, a principal city in central Ukraine, would mark the first large scale encounter between the Red Army and the Scinfaxi invaders. Soviet leadership was confident they could defeat the admittedly superior invaders due to the combination of their now massive armoured strength, and the damage undoubtedly done by the Wehrmacht. Scinfaxi technology proved to be far more potent than expected. Vast hordes of T-34 were torn apart by Scinfaxi war machines, entire battalions of infantry were atomised in mere moments. Only the very heaviest of Red Army tanks and artillery could fell the alien machines, or merciless bombing by the Red Air Force.
The Red Army lay effectively routed, her vast strength crippled over the course of several notable battles in the Ukraine. Eventually, the swinging factor in the war became the Air Force. Armoured might was proving woefully ineffective in combating the Scinfaxi, so Stalin ordered a policy of extreme scorched earth be taken upon the Scinfaxi invaders.
Every plane that could fly would bomb their way through Scinfaxi territory; reducing the countryside to ash and twisted wreckage. It fell upon the army to mop up scattered survivors and evacuate friendly human refugees. Ironically, this policy was practical almost exclusively due to the fact that the superior German Luftwaffe had the bulk of the Scinfaxi air armadas distracted.
An "inglorious tactic", as cited by Marshal Zhukov in his memoirs, but effective none the less. By the advent of nuclear weapons, and the subsequent ceasefire, the Soviet Union was within a breath of the Polish border, with a barren wasteland behind them.
With the end of the First Scinfaxi War, the Soviet Union looked inward. Senior officers and forward thinkers new rapid modernization would have to take place were conflict to break out again. Thus, not only were the considerable losses of the war replaced, but a period of intense research and development began.
New models of tanks, with many Scinfaxi-inspired design elements, began to roll out. The first MiG jet-fighters flew above the skies of the Union, sparring in skirmishes with their opposites in the German Luftwaffe near the German-Soviet border. Research into rocketry and missile technology leapt forward with captured plans supplied by the Stalin's extensive intelligence service, which he put more and more faith into in order to strengthen the Union.
Humanity's second "Assault Rifle" was that of the Union's, as was her third and fifth. Truly, the Red Army pushed the capabilities of human warfare as far is it could in the field of massed attrition techniques, unrelenting artillery and draconian doctrines that inspired dread and patriotism into the ranks of the common soldiery.
Tanks on par to the 'Panzer Monsters of the Reich' rolled out of the Tank cities that had sprung up during the Great Patriotic War, churning out thousands to replenish depleted reserves and mauled frontline armies. There would have been more, had the Red Air Force not garnered the most political and military-industrial favour in the desperate early stages of reconstruction.
Scinfaxi Border Skirmishes
The Soviet Union was blessed with very little contact with the Scinfaxi after the War. Only three notable incidents occurred of Soviet-Scinfaxi contact. All three conveniently occurred shortly after major technological breakthroughs by various Soviet design bureaus. Such convenience, and ruthless control of information of the events themselves, suggest that they were Soviet instigated, perhaps for no other reason than to test new weapons against the ever-feared Scinfaxi foe.
The Great Proletarian Colonization
The Soviet Union, and by default, the Red Army and its components, had a unique position in spreading through the stars. Being the last "Great Power" save for the Empire of Japan and the newfound Tawhid to leave the Solar System, the USSR had limited room to expand, and what was left was quickly being gobbled up. Planets were quickly scouted, assessed and colonized with sometimes brutal efficiency, all under the purview of the military. Several small, private colonial efforts vanished from what is now Soviet space without a whisper. It was at this time that Soviet militancy reared its head amongst USSR politics, carving its power base into the Politburo with brutal and undeniable efficiency.
In relatively short order, the USSR commanded a breadth of territory as grand as the other powers. Most of her planets were militarized, industrialized and shining beacons of "The Worker's Paradise." The Red Army had brought the people of the Motherland throughout the stars, and established an everlasting Soviet Union. Power over Proletarian Colonization has since been passed onto the Red Space Fleet, but the Red Army still holds considerable sway in choosing new worlds to conquer, for it is their mighty armoured divisions, mechanized infantry and shock troops that secure the ground and lay the fruits of a prosperous Soviet world.
The Red Army is the largest fighting force in Known Space, with some of the most powerful armoured vehicles to ever be built. Lacking the communications superiority of the DFPK and the technological terror of the German Wehrmacht, the Red Army is nonetheless a dreaded foe with vast reserves of willing patriots and political-correct officers.
Currently, the Red Army's manoeuvre forces is divided into several categories, based upon the first four letters of the Cyrillic alphabet:
- Category A: Units of Category A readiness are the elite and most professional volunteer career formations , deployed on high priority planets and the first to be sent into a warzone. They receive the newest equipment and are 100% combat ready.
- Category B: Category B forces form the second echelon of Front and Army deployments, maintaining a balance of professionals and conscripts. They maintain a lower readiness, set between 50-75% levels, but can take 72 hours of preparation to reach full combat readiness.
- Category V: Category V formations are mostly conscripts, with rotations of professional soldiers whom are rotated into Category B units annually to pass on lessons to the conscripts. These formations are at 30-40% readiness, and can take 1 month of preparation to mobilize.
- Category G: Category G formations, and the most numerous, are purely conscripts, delegated to low priority worlds, and are typically the last to receive new, if any, equipment. They typically take 3 months to mobilize and prepare for combat operations, due to being only at 10% readiness on average.
Every able man is viable for conscription and service within the Red Army and other military arms, serving two years before being able to return to their previous life. Professional soldiers can remain in the armed forces until retirement age, where they are honourably discharged.
Volunteers join special academies for their chosen profession and take 6-8 month training courses, dependent on if it includes Officer training, before graduating their classes. They are then deployed to Category B or higher formations on a 36 month contract, with the option to extend their service until retirement age.
Conscripts serve 14 month service in low-readiness or category units, undergoing a basic training course of 6 weeks. 67% conclude their service with the Army's support to work in new or prestigious industries across the USSR, whilst 23% opt to continue professionally in the military.
The Communist Party, via the KGB, assigns to every unit of battalion or higher within the Red Army a political commissar, or politruk, who has the authority to override unit commanders' decisions if they run counter to the principles of the Communist Party. Although this sometimes resulted in inefficient command, the Party leadership considered political control over the military necessary, as the Army relied more and more on experienced officers from the pre-revolutionary Tsarist period.
This system was abolished in 1925, as there were by that time enough trained Communist officers that counter-signing of all orders was no longer necessary. It was brought back in 2010 due to the fact that "the effects of space encourages individualism and lax behaviour".
Modern commissars are formidably trained and equipped to deal with any forms of 'lax behaviour', with lethal force if necessary. In addition, these new Commissars are military trained, to prevent 'lax performance of the military-political forces of the USSR,' an attempt to prevent the repeat of a disastrous and costly 1941.
Ranks and Insignia
|Ranks of the Red Army|
|Marshal of the Soviet Union||General of the Army||General-Polkovnik||Lieutenant General||Major General|
|Junior Lieutenant||Senior Praporshchik||Praporshchik||Starshina||Senior Sergeant||Sergeant|
- The Zhukov Citadel
- Suvorov Military Academy of Modern Warfare Education
- Kirov Military Artillery School
- Stalingrad Military Specialist School of Warfare
- New Leningrad Military Armoured School
- New Leningrad Military Commissar School
- Military Academy Centre for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare
- Military Academy Centre for Army Frontline Aviation
|Soviet Armed Forces|
|Main Services||Red Army | Red Air Force | Red Space Forces|
|Independent Servics||Soviet Strategic Forces | Soviet Orbital Shock Troops|
|Component Services||Red Army Space Forces | Soviet Space Aviation | Spetsnaz | Soviet Naval Infantry|