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Factories were moved to more secure eastern locations. The inhabitants dug antitank trenches around the town. All of these preparations proved useless. The Nazis destroyed about 90 percent of the town’s housing and killed more than eighty thousand people. About two hundred thousand were forced into slave camps where most of them later died from starvation or torture. During the battle of Bryansk, Kalashnikov’s tank was maneuvering around an enemy flank when it was hit by artillery. His ears rang; a fragment of the tank’s armor pierced his left shoulder and knocked him unconscious.
Military as a whole has been so slow to recognize this “new” face of war remains a mystery, because individual soldiers, those on the ground, understand it. “It’s somewhat frustrating,” Colonel Bill Wolf, former commander of the army’s 11th Aviation Regiment, said. S. ” This “way we go to war” doesn’t work anymore, and some would argue it never did once the Russian assault rifle spread throughout the world and became as ubiquitous as the common cold. Today’s wars are small, hot conflicts in urban areas, where sophisticated and expensive weapons are no match for AK-carrying rebels who need little training and know the local terrain better.
Com. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Kahaner, Larry. AK-47 : the weapon that changed the face of war / Larry Kahaner. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13 978-0-471-72641-8 (cloth: alk. paper) ISBN-10 0-471-72641-9 (cloth: alk. paper) 1. AK-47 rifle. I. 4’424—dc22 2006004501 In some places, an AK-47 assault rifle can be bought for as little as . . a bag of grain. They are easy to use: with minimal training, even a child can wield one. They are easy to conceal and transport.
AK-47: The Weapon that Changed the Face of War by Larry Kahaner