Medicine in the USSR on the eve of World War II


When the question is raised about the situation on the eve of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, the ratio of manpower and military equipment, including the number of mortars, howitzers, is usually discussed tanks, aircraft, ships. But the question is rarely raised in this vein about how the medical support system was built in the USSR, how hospitals and military hospitals worked, and what medical assistance the wounded could provide.


The topic of the “medical” situation in the USSR is devoted to the next issue of the “Archival Revolution” on the TacticMedia channel. The guest of the studio is Alexander Povolotsky, who tells in detail about the state of Soviet medicine on the eve of World War II.

Expert, starting a conversation with the topic of medicine of the Russian Empire:

When the war broke out, it suddenly turned out that we bought many medicines in Germany, and Germany no longer sells them ... About half of the army’s catalog supply had to be bought abroad.

In conversation, it comes to the location of the sanitary regiments (the so-called medical battalions) during the fighting. The topic of equipping Soviet hospitals with what was needed first of all to provide assistance to the victims is being discussed. The topic of a planned economy is raised in relation to the field of medical support.

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  1. Lamata 12 February 2020 11: 27 New
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    Cognitively, a little lit subject.
  2. rocket757 12 February 2020 11: 31 New
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    Field surgery and the entire system of medical support for the troops created a MIRACLE !!!
    Thanks to the doctors, Heroes of such a peaceful, but the most MILITARY profession !!!
  3. DMB 75 12 February 2020 11: 42 New
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    She saved one hundred wounded
    And carried out from the flurry of fire,
    She watered them with water
    And she herself bandaged their wounds ...

    “What has been done by military medicine during the years of the past war, in all fairness, can be called a feat. For us, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, the image of a military medic remains the personification of high humanism, courage and dedication. ”Marshal of the Soviet Union I.Kh. Baghramyan
  4. Ros 56 12 February 2020 12: 13 New
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    Do not forget that our medicine gained experience in the 39th year both in Mongolia (Khalkhin Gol and Hassan) and in Finland and knew a lot about field surgery.
  5. Igor Borisov_2 12 February 2020 12: 26 New
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    Honor and praise to military doctors of the times of the Great Patriotic War and not only. Our military doctors are the best !!!
  6. Doctor 12 February 2020 12: 44 New
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    Experience summarized and analyzed
  7. svp67 12 February 2020 18: 39 New
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    The transfer is VERY INTERESTING. A topic that few have revealed and covered. I really look forward to continuing, especially since the author knows how to tell is not boring, but it costs a lot