Soviet Union Military Records #russia


Some years ago the Soviet Union compiled a database, in Russian, listing all Soviet soldiers who died in WWII.  This database,, contains 20 million documents and provides a wealth of information on individuals not otherwise available, including ethnic origin, e.g. Jewish, Russian, Kazakh, etc.  In many cases, but not all, researchers may find information about a surviving relative, even with an address where that person resided.  A separate database., provides information on soldiers who received medals in WWII.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.


These sites were created by Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, long after dissolution of the Soviet Union.
I recommend using as a primary site, while also checking the 2 you mention.  It brings in information from more sources.  For example, there is only one result for my ggfather in OBD, but 3 results in Pamyat Naroda. is a site that allows submission of photos and creation of a profile with the biography and links to the documents at

Ministry of Defense also created a WWI site, where among various documents you can locate information about wounded, missing, pow, killed, and awarded soldiers.

If you navigate to any of these sites, there are links to all sites mentioned in this thread at the bottom of the page.

Mike Vayser

Risa Heywood

Thank you for posting these websites. Are there any Soviet military records for non-Soviet men who were forced into the Red Army during WWII and survived? I am researching a Hungarian man who escaped from a Hungarian labor battalion and spent time fighting with a partisan group. When the partisan group was captured by the Soviet army, he was issued with a Russian army uniform and guns.  He spent the rest of the war fighting on the German Eastern Front and was part of “hellacious” battles.  Would any Soviet army records have been created for someone in that circumstance?
Risa Daitzman Heywood

Marilyn Robinson

With respect to the topic, "Soviet Union Military Records", yesterday I posted "WWI: Jewish Refugees-Returning to Lodz & Warsaw" (#4). I translated the Russian language information from 1918 personal documents located in the State Archives of the Russian Federation. You can find the translated information on my blog at:
Marilyn Robinson

Mike Coleman

Hi Risa.

I've found very good records on the obd-memorial site for someone (a Pole) who fled Poland for the U.S.S.R. when the Germans invaded and ended up fighting for - and sadly being killed in - the Red Army in what is now Latvia.

How he came to be conscripted is unclear.

So the answer to your question would appear to be yes!

Mike Coleman  London U.K.


Risa Heywood

Thank you for your reply, Mike. The obd-memorial site has wonderful information but is specifically for those who died. I did check the site, just in case. There were over 4000 people born in Poland in the database and 128 born in Hungary. But I am searching for information about someone who lived.

I'm still interested in knowing if any records were kept by the Soviet Army for those from outside the Soviet Union who fought and did not die.

Risa Daitzman Heywood