Meet Peasants and Workers Red Army Soldier Pvt. Ivan Alvinakov (infantry rifleman)
This is Pvt. Ivan Alvinakov - the center piece of the museum He is dressed according to the manual show below:
I have always been interested in WWII; the European theater in general, and the Soviet Army in particular. In 2007 I began serious study about collecting militaria. I quickly realized that I had to focus on a certain area to make it managable. This turned out to be the field gear a typical rifleman would have during the eastern front campaign. For a long time I just displayed equipment by hanging in on the wall as it was received. When it was complete - something was still missing: I needed an "Ivan" to make it complete and give my den a real museum "feel."
Ivan is the name that U.S. soldiers and others gave all Soviets in general. Much like “Joe” was used for U.S. GI’s, and the derogatory "fritz" for Germans . I needed a last name - so I chose Alvinakov after my middle name – Alvin. There is no W sound in the Russian Language so I couldn't use my real last name.
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