Officially the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army (Рабо́че-Крестья́нская Кра́сная Армия, РККА; Rabóche-Krest'yánskaya Krásnaya Ármiya, RKKA), often shortened to the Red Army, was the army and air force of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and, after 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The Red Army was established in January 1918. The Bolsheviks raised an army to oppose the military confederations (especially the various groups collectively known as the White Army) of their adversaries during the Russian Civil War. Starting in February 1946, the Red Army, along with the Soviet Navy, embodied the main component of the Soviet Armed Forces; taking the official name of "Soviet Army", until its dissolution in 1991.
The Red Army provided the largest land force in the Allied victory in the European theatre of World War II, and its invasion of Manchuria assisted the unconditional surrender of Imperial Japan. During operations on the Eastern Front, it accounted for 75–80% of casualties the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS suffered during the war and ultimately captured the Nazi German capital, Berlin.
The Red Army is an antagonist in Sniper Elite and Sniper Elite V2, where it tries to coopt German scientists. In the Zombie Army Trilogy and Zombie Army 4, two members of the Red Army are playable characters in the Survivor Brigade: Boris Medvedev and Anya Bochkareva.
- Mosin Nagant
- Tokarev TT-33
- F-1 Grenade
- Luger P08 (Captured)
- M1911 (Captured)
- MG42 (captured)
The Red Army returns as an enemy in Sniper Elite V2.
During the Battle of Berlin, when they posed a threat to his mission. As well as this a sect of the Red Army were working with Wolff, to try and send a V-2 Rocket filled with Tabun to strike at London.
Russian soldiers will sometimes have battles with German soldiers, so it is a good idea to move past them while they fight or wait until on side losses and then defeat the other team.
Infantry are the most commonly seen in the field. They have khaki Telogreykas - wool-padded jacket - and wear Ushankas; some also wear green uniforms. They are usually armed with the Mosin Nagant rifle or the PPSh-41 submachine gun.
Elite soldiers appear during the last few levels, they wear heavy winter clothing and Ushankas. They mostly use PPSh submachine guns but will sometimes use Mosin Nagants.
Russian officers use weapons such as PPSh sub machine guns or captured luger pistols and will lead troops into battle.
Snipers are some of the most dangerous soldiers as they use scoped Mosin nagants and will fire from high places when in close combat snipers use american M1911 handguns, some snipers may get close with unscoped mosin nagants and behave like regular soldiers.