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Little Soldiers: How Soviet Children Went to War, 1941-1945

Olga Kucherenko


Germany's war against the Soviet Union raised a small army of child-soldiers. Thousands of those below the enlistment age served with regular and paramilitary formations, even though they were not formally mobilized or allowed at the front. For several decades after the war, these youngsters played an important part in Soviet remembrance culture; however, their true experiences were obscured in the myth of the Great Patriotic War. Situated at the crossroads of social, cultural, and military history, this book tells the story of the Soviet Union's child-soldiers in a critical and systematic fas ... More

Keywords: child-soldier, World War II, Eastern Front, propaganda, childhood, combat motivations, agency, total war, Stalinist society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199585557
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olga Kucherenko, author
Research Fellow, St. John's College, Cambridge
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