WARPAC Training - Soviet Training

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Soviet Training Library



The East Wind Training Command Center offers a variety of information designed to help participants get the most out of their Soviet impression. Most of this information is gained from a combination of actual Soviet field manuals and first hand field experience. By putting both of these sources together, we are able to provide you an in depth explanation of tactics and techniques to help you get the most from your East Wind experience.

The following information is organized in Tiers. Each Tier attempts to dive into further detail than previously established. Tier 1, for example, is what we consider to be extremely basic training, generic to both the Soviets and East Germans. Any Tier 1 information on this page is Soviet specific. If you have stumbled here by accident and are looking for East German specific training, please Click here.

Tier 1 - Basic Training

Read, understand, and master all of the skills in this section prior to advancing to the next tier!

Tier 1 - Basic Training presents, what the event Administrators feel, is the core knowledge and skills needed by all Soviet participants to ensure everyone is doing their part to contribute to the success of 7POTA's mission. Know and understand everything in the following 4 Tiers. Be able to demonstrate your knowledge of these subjects. Be able to teach others so that everyone in 7POTA may return to the motherland from their successful deployment to East Germany.

Soldier Duties

This section will attempt to break you of "American" styles and ways of doing things. We can't help it. Most of us grew up here. For a fact, the Soviets did things different than the US. If you're serious about attending as a Soviet, you have some bad habits we must break, while introducing you to new and different ways of accomplishing the same thing as your NATO counterparts.

Collar Liner Guide - Instructions on sewing collar liners into your uniforms.

Soviet Foot Wrap (Portiyanki) Guide - Not required, but quite informative!

The Veshmeshok - Packing and wearing the basic Soviet Infantry Rucksack.

The Platsch-Palatka and You - The Soviet Shelter Half and it's many interesting uses.

Soviet Belt and Suspenders - Assembly and Wear of standard Soviet "web gear".

Standard Troop Tent Bunk Guide - Established norms for internal tent layout and personal space management.

Boot Polishing Guide - Not just for looking good, essential for dry feet!

Customs and Courtesies - Crash course on interacting with Soviet Officers, Senior Enlisted, and the Cook Staff.

Motor Rifles Collar Tab Pin Placement - Proper wear of the Soviet Motorized Rifle Infantry pins on all authorized uniforms.

Proper wear of Soviet Uniforms - A guide to maintaining professionalism and respecting those that have done this for real.

Infantry Drill Regulations of the Red Army - Reenactor reference guide on Great Patriotic War era Drill and Ceremony.

Basic Equipment

This section will introduce you to some of the basic equipment you may be issued during your deployment to East Germany. Familiarity with all of the items in this section could very well save your life, or the lives of your comrades, in the event of unscheduled NATO aggression.

Loading, Aiming, and Firing the RPG-7

Loading, Aiming, and Firing the RPG-26

PN-1/PN-3 Night Vision Basics

1PN34 Night Vision Basics

1PN58 Night Vision Basics

R-159 Soviet Radio Control Interface and Operation


Polished boots and a loaded RPG-7 are certainly impressive, but what good is it if you don't know how to bring them to the enemy? This section will provide you with basic information on land navigation and surviving in the field.

WARPAC Recon Training Course - Powerpoint Presentation developed for Operation: East Wind WARPAC Recon Training.

Pre-Deployment Education

This section will prepare you for your deployment to East Germany, and Event Administrators expectations of you during the course of the event.

What not to do at East Wind - A guide on preserving immersion for yourself and those around you.

The Average Soviet Soldier - How to be you at Operation East Wind.

Know your Enemy - NATO Infantry Recognition Guide

Know your Enemy 2 - NATO Vehicle Recognition Guide

Know your Enemy 3 - NATO Equipment and Gear Guide

Tier 2 - Advanced Lessons

Once you have mastered Tier 1 - Basic Training, those of you seeking more and wanting to better prepare for your deployment to East Germany, in support of our fraternal brothers, are encouraged to continue reading the following Advanced topics. Improving your knowledge here can certainly benefit not only yourself, but the rest of your Section. A section that knows what it is doing is more likely to come back from a mission alive and mission accomplished.

Establishing Camp

Before anybody can go anywhere and accomplish any mission, the Soviet camp needs to be established. This section will provide information on how to build the camp and get operational as soon as possible to get the most out of your deployment to East Germany.

Which tent goes where? - Basic Layout of a Soviet Camp.

What goes in each tent? - A rough guide to available equipment and where it lives for 9 days.


The Soviets had a very involved and very in-depth planning stage prior to jumping off on any sort of mission. The following guides elaborate on the soviet use of Combat Orders, to provide relevant information to thier troops in preparation for a mission.

The Warning Order - What to do to prepare for a mission briefing.

Combat Orders (COMORD) Lesson and Example

Blank COMORD Template

Pre-Combat Inspection - Essential for mission success.

Debrief - What goes on when you come back from a mission.


Beyond the radio controls you learned in Tier 1 - Basic Training, here is additional information on Soviet Communications.

Commo Wire Primer - Guide to running hard wired field phone communication networks in a combat environment.

Main Camp Antenna - Assembly and deployment guide

Tips and Tricks for the R-159 - Things we've learned to guarantee your transmission gets through.

Medevac Requests

It is inevitable that someone will ultimately come up against an enemy that has the high ground or tactical advantage in a particular situation. Fortunately for you, you survived the encounter unscathed, however, a member or members of your section have not. These instructions must be followed precisely to get proper evacuation of the wounded and deceased out from your fighting position and back to a hospital far behind enemy lines. (NOTE: IN-EVENT "WOUNDS" AND "KILLS" HERE, NOT REAL WORLD INJURIES, STOP PLAY AND CONTACT AN EVENT ADMIN IMMEDIATELY FOR ALL SERIOUS REAL WORLD INJURIES!)

The Soviet Medevac Request Lesson - Complete run through, blank template, and examples.

Military Science

The Soviets viewed war from a higher level "complex math problem" point of view. Given the numbers, knowledge of the environment, factors such as moon visibility, night vision capabilities, and the amount of ammunition everyone in a section is carrying, Soviets can figure out if a particular engagement can be won with the resources on hand. Learn about this "numbers of war" in this section.

Soviet Combat Norms - Numbers and formulas for calculating victory.


The late 80's and early 90's were an interesting time for the Soviet Union, even in our fictional timeline. Not everyone immediately grew up and became a communist. Do you know about the young pioneers and other youth organizations? Learn more about your possible upbrining and political orientation as a young Soviet in today's (1980's-1990's) Soviet Army.

Soviet Military Science, Doctrine and Academics

Russian Language

We are not asking anybody to learn an entire new language for this event. However, knowing a few words, or at best, being able to state your name, rank, and soldier number to a NATO Interrogator, in Russian, is damn impressive... would be better if you didn't get captured in the first place!

Russian Language Reference - Front and Back 8.5x11 page that can be folded and stored in a pocket for reference.

MasterRussian.com - An external resource for those wanting to learn to speak, read, and write Russian, all for free, from the comfort of your own home.

Russian/English Technical Glossary - Russian Words and their English Equivalents, technology oriented.

TM 30-546 - Glossary of Soviet Military and Related Abbreviations. US Army 1957.

TM 30-944 - Dictionary of Spoken Russian. US Army 1945.

Tier 3 - Special Assignments

This section is additional reading for specific jobs within the Soviet Forces at East Wind. If you know you’re going to be filling one of these positions, reading is strongly advised. If you do not know if you will be taking on any special roles at the event, one should try and familiarize themselves with as much as possible, as mentioned, having read something once gives you an edge over the person who has no idea what's going on.

Section Leader

Information on successfully leading troops into combat.

Section Leader's PCI - Conducting a PCI before the Officer's PCI

Signs and Symptoms of Fatigue, Dehydration, and Heat Stroke - Learn to recognize it, learn to prevent it.

Senior Soldier

The Senior Soldier is the 2nd in Command of a Section, usually informally selected by a Section Leader, based on observations made about everyone's performances during the early days of deployment. The Senior Soldier is responsible for making sure tasks issued by the Section Leader are carried out.

Basics of Leading a Fireteam - The Senior Soldier's first taste of command.

Senior Soldier - Teacher, Mentor, Guide

Your Section Leader - A reminder to watch his back, as he is busy watching all of yours

Radiotelephone Operator (RTO)

The Radiotelephone Operator (RTO) is responsible for squad-to-squad and squad-to-company level communications. The RTO is also responsible for training a backup RTO in the event that he is incapacitated in combat.

Complete guide to working with the R-159 Radio

Radio Theory - Why you can't transmit through a mountain.

R-159 Troubleshooting Techniques - Why it's you and not the radio.

Anti-Tank Gunner

The Anti-Tank gunner is responsible for carrying and using the special equipment needed to disable or destroy enemy armored assets encountered during the course of your mission.

Soviet Anti-Tank Warfare - Tactics Guide for Anti-Tank and Tank Hunting Operations.

Machine Gunner

The Machine Gunner is responsible for carrying and using the special equipment needed to suppress known and unknown enemy positions in an effort to protect the rest of the section, prevent the movement of the enemy, and if possible, destroy the enemy before they enact their plan to destroy you.

PKM and RPK-74 Operating Instructions.

Suppressing Fire Primer

PKM and the Stepanov Tripod Part 1 - Video on Deploying the Stepanov Tripod for use with the PKM General Purpose Machine Gun.

PKM and the Stepanov Tripod Part 2 - Video on Deploying the Stepanov Tripod in the Anti Aircraft Role.

Sapper (Minelayer/Deminer)

The Sapper is responsible for carrying and using the special equipment needed to employ a successful Anti-Personnel or Anti-Tank Minefield, Mechanical Ambush, or find and disable enemy Minefields or Mechanical Ambushes. Not a job for the faint of heart!

Working with the POM-Z Anti-Personnel Mine

Working with the PMN-2 Anti-Personnel Mine

Soviet Minefield Layout Guide

Working with the MON-50 Anti-Personnel Mine

IMP-1 Mine Detector Manual

Designated Marksman

The Soviet "Sniper" works exactly how the modern Squad Level Designated Marksman works. This person's job is to extend the range of the squad he is in. This person does not wear a ghillie suit or stalk the enemy for days on end.

Soviet Designated Marksman Basics

PSO-1 and POSP Range Finder Guide

Tier 4 - Advanced Reading

The following sections are devoted to reference and further study, including manuals on some of the above mentioned equipment, vehicles you may encounter during your deployment to East Germany, or other specialized equipment you may need to use to complete your mission.

Reference Manuals

This section contains any and all reference manuals for equipment available to the Soviet Forces at Operation: East Wind.


BTR 152 repair manual

ZIL 131 repair manual - Part 1

ZIL 131 repair manual - Part 2

UAZ-31512, UAZ-31514, UAZ-31519, UAZ-3153 and their variants Manual in English

UAZ-469 Manual in Polish

GAZ-69 Parts catalog in English and French

Radio Equipment

R-148 Radio Manual

R-159M Manual

R-124 Intercom Manual

R-159 Tips and Tricks - Lessons learned in the field over several East Wind Operations.


6B3 Armor Manual

Russian Petrol Stoves

M1941 Stove Manual


2Б14 «ПОДНОС» - 2B14 "Podnos" 82mm Mortar - 40mm Airsoft Mortar Setup and Operations Manual.

RPG-7 Manual - Soviet Manual Scan for the RPG-7 Weapon System.