Russia boasts some of the world’s most impressive military museums and some of the largest privately owned armoured vehicle collections in the world. It is a daunting yet enticing destination for enthusiasts as author and historian James Kinnear explains in the first of three-part series on visiting the country
My own interest in military history and specifically Soviet and Russian military vehicles stemmed from an early teenage interest in militaria and by being in the Army Cadets.
Meanwhile, with the Russians having entered my bloodstream, it was also in my early teenage years that I made my first trip to the Soviet Union, visiting cities in what is today modern Russia and Ukraine. A trip right across Sovietera Siberia followed, which confirmed a lifelong interest in the vast country that is today the Russian Federation.