Central Armed Forces Museum, Moscow, Russia.

Here follows a short story from a recent visit to the Central Armed Forces Museum.

The place is also known as the Museum of the Soviet Army and is located in the northern part of Moscow, close to the Red Army Theater.

Lets’ begin with the entrance, where we find a T-34 tank.

R-9 Desna missile (left)

Outside, there are also a Mil Mi-24A helicopter, a Sukhoi SU-27 (1986) and a S-125 surface-to-air missiles and lots of other similar exhibits.

The SS-20 Saber, which was an intermediate-range ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead deployed by the Soviet Union from 1976 to 1988.  The NATO reporting name was SS-20 Saber.

Modern Russian weapons

More moderns Russian firearms.

A window from the submarine Kursk.

The instrument panel from a Vostok space shuttle, as used by Gagarin.  Not sure if this one is from Vostok 1.

A helmet which belonged to Pham Thanh Ngan, who with his Mig-21 downed 8 American planes during the Vietnam war. 

Mig-21 rockets

The wreckage from Gary Powers’ Lockheed U-2, which was shot down over Soviet Union in 1960 by a S-75 missile. Wikipedia has more if you’re interested, check here.

A German MG 42 from 1942.

9 mm Makarov pistol. Looks like premium edition.

AK section.

A place designated the fighter pilot Ivan Kozhedub. Heor of the Soviet Union no less than three times. One of few who ever downed a German ME-262 (jet plane). I think he used a Lavochkin La-7.

Pistol from Tula gun factory, a gift to Stalin.

Another gift to Stalin, from Izhevsk gun factory.

Stalin’s jacket

Sturmgewehr 44.

More German weapons from World War II.

German Iron Crosses.

The nazi eagle from Berlin Reichstag.


The  Hall of Victory is full of German firearms, iron crosses and other conquered things.

Dagger from the SA troops.

Shpagin PPSh-41

Machine gun used against the Germans at the Eastern Front in World War 1943.

From Belarus 1941, fort Brest, where the Russians defended themselves against the Germans during Operation Barbarossa. The inscription reads: “I’m dying, but I will never surrender! Farwell Motherland!

History lesson here.

German “Work book”, rifles and machine gun.

MP 40 (1940)

The gift shop. The plate with Putin top left says “Crimea is ours”.

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Swarf

    Russia looks like a super fun place. Even monuments to their own greatness are dour, grey and downlit.

    Hey guys, let’s have a party! *drinks vodka straight from the bottle until passed out*

    • nananb

      What we need is a Disneyland but for world wars, for the kids and those young at hear..We can call it, Warland.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      “Happy Birthday, you may sleep inside tonight.”

    • 7.62x54r

      It’s serious there since 75% of all of the German armies’ were killed off were in USSR. The US-UK did not facethat level of fighting.

      • Swarf


  • Spencerhut

    That pile of Iron Crosses is creepy in several ways.

    • poolllam

      “No russian was complete without the tinkling of iron crosses in his pocket.”

      • nick

        or, many , many watches on his wrist….

    • Rnasser Rnasser

      Reminded me of the bags full of roman rings that Hannibal collected at Cannae…

    • Diver6106

      They took Berlin, and the stock of awards at the ministry. And probably the factory.

  • gusto

    I highly recommend
    Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signals (Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communications Forces)
    in St Petersburg
    St Petersburg is quite a small city centre so everything is close by, some very interesting historical and cultural places to visit.

    very weird to see warloot from your own homecountry

    The Ermitage blew my mind

    • Blake

      …& made me wonder why it took hundreds of years before they finally had a successful peasant revolt…

      • 7.62x54r

        It’s the world’s largest country in land mass, there are 11 official languages and all of Eurasia’s religions are represented there. Think about that.

        • Blake

          That would about do it. The Tsars (& Tsarinas) were incredibly good at making sure that the chattle did not communicate with eachother & organize.

    • Maxim Popenker
      • Green Hell

        He said the city centre in St-Petersburg is small, not the museum.

  • Paul Hurst

    Been there several times starting in the Cold war. it is a good museum. Glad to see it is still going.

  • Green Hell

    The Artillery museum in Saint-Petersburg is IMO by far the best military museum in Russia, i highly recomend you to take a few hours to visit it. It has a large display of Cold War era armor and artillery on outside and the whole large fortress worth of Russian military history from middle ages to late Cold War. Lots of unique weapon prototypes and whole floor dedicated to Kalashnikov’s life,work and guns. I was thinking to make an article myself, but struggle to get much free time lately.

  • Mikial

    If you truly love military history, you have to drop all national prejudices when studying it. That doesn’t mean you drop your loyalty or patriotism, just that you study every antagonist in any conflict from a completely objective perspective. I trained and prepared for years to fight the Soviets during the time I was on active duty, but I never stopped studying them and their history. The same for Germany and Japan.

  • nananan

    Might take off as ironic hipster fashion though, thus falling right into Putins dastardly plan.

  • Blake

    The U2 wreckage & Reichstag eagle are incredible & unique pieces of history.

  • Diver6106

    If you want to see the full propaganda machine functioning, watch RT TV. It was very interesting to watch them broadcast American’s and Trump denigrating the elections, when there are NO free elections in Russia under the Putin.