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Red Army flag

The unofficial flag of the Red Army

The Red Army (Russian: Рабоче-крестьянская красная армия  Raboche-Krest'yanskaya Krasnaya Armiya; English: Workers'-Peasants' Red Army) was the armed forces of the Soviet Union. The Red Army started out as a revolutionary militia during the Russian Civil War of 1918-1922. After its victory and the establishment of the Soviet Union, it absorbed the Imperial Russian Army and grew to become the national army of the Soviet Union, and, by the 1930s, was one of the largest armies in history.

During World War II, the Red Army fought on the front lines against Axis forces in the Eastern Front and Manchuria. Though originally it faced numerous defeats and encirclements during Operation Barborossa, the Red Army would turn the tide in 1942 with mass offensives and encirclements of its own and would defeat about 80% of Wehrmacht and Waffen SS forces. In 1946, the Red Army was renamed the Soviet Army until 1991, where the Soviet Army was separated and reformed into armed forces of different sovereign states, such as the Russian Ground Forces.

Battlefield 1942[]

In Battlefield 1942, the Red Army is one of five base game Allied factions. It fights exclusively against the German Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front.

Engagements against the Wehrmacht[]

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The Red Army is issued similar to its Allied peers in terms of equipment with the exception of the Medic and Assault kits, receiving the MP18 over the Thompson and DP over the BAR 1918, respectively.

The Red Army wears pocketed green jackets with prominent dyed collar tabs and epaulettes, and blankets wrapped diagonally across the torso. They have khaki trousers with high leg boots, and helmets adorned with red stars. Their ammunition pouches and pistol holsters are attached to their belt.



1942 RA Scout


1942 RA Assault


1942 RA AntiTank


1942 RA Medic


1942 RA Engineer


The Red Army uses predominantly home produced equipment in contrast to its infantry kit counterparts, however its lighter vehicles are American made.

Vehicles have a varied color scheme, with both heavy and light Tanks having a different color scheme, lighter vehicles use a dark khaki color.


Light Vehicles[]




Battlefield 1[]

BF1 Red Army Flag

The Red Army Flag as it appears in Battlefield 1.

BF1 BOL Icon

The Red Army Icon as it appears in Battlefield 1.

Introduced in Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar DLC, the Red Army is introduced fighting the anti-communist White Army in southern Russia near/in the city Tsaritsyn (present day Volgograd).

The Red army consist of largely improvised or stolen equipment (IE wearing Tsarist icon belts or the Medic wearing the same jacket as the White Army Assault), Headgear consists of black Budenovkas with flaps up or down and brown with white fur Ushankas, both with Red Stars. Wearing black Tunics, brown Telogreika (padded jacket) and brown trench coats. Pants are similar to the Ottoman Empires with cream/tan color with a red stream and boots like the other central powers.

Assault - They wear a tunic, a Ushanka and a red scarf. Their belt consists of a small ammo pouch with a shotgun shell holster underneath, their standard webbing is reinforced with X-shaped straps across the torso with a sidearm holster on his chest.

Medic - Wearing brown Telogreika (padded jacket) with a black scarf, a blanket wrapped around the torso and back like all Allied medics, Budenovka and crutches/medical bag on the back. Webbing consists of pouches and a bone saw on his side.

Support - Black tunic with X-shaped strap bandoliers, with webbing consisting of a water canteen and small pouches with a bandolier underneath his webbing. A budenovka with flaps down and a large backpack like all other Supports.

Scout - Brown Trenchcoats with black/red collars, wearing Ushanka, bandolier on his chest and webbing consisting of pouches and a sidearm holster.

Cavalry - Wearing a Budenovka : wearing a tunic and body armor with a sidearm holster. With smaller details being ammo pouches at the edge of the armor plate.

Tanker - Wearing a khaki jumpsuit with sidearm holster on his webbing and leather helmet.

Their vehicles consist of:


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BF1 RUS Icon White Army

Identification markings[]




Battlefield 1[]

  • The Red Army is the only faction in the entire game to not have a playable Pilot kit because the two maps that they are featured in do not feature planes, making the kit impossible to obtain. However, a Red Army Pilot kit exists in the files.
  • The Red Army does not have a unique roundel or vehicle identification markings, and reuse those of the Russian Empire/White Army on their vehicles (though the faction icon will display correctly). Occasionally a bug will cause no markings to be displayed at all.
  • The Red Army reuses quotes from the Imperial Russian Army, which causes them to incorrectly refer to each other using Imperial Russian ranks.[1]
  • It is the only faction in Battlefield 1 that features a Tanker whose face is visible and not protected by chainmail.
  • With "Standard Issue Rifles" enabled, the Red Army faction is issued the Mosin-Nagant M91.