I have watched the TV series adaption of it a few times, and each time its quite shocking to realise just how terrible that regime was then, and the sheer fear factor of saying the wrong thing to idiots who thought they knew better, but were the cause of it all. And it should be mentioned about the hundreds of brave people who were literally dead men walking who had to deal with it all initially.
On a side note about the then Soviet way they treated their military. I was reading a book a fair while ago now about a Soviet Submariner Officer (he may of been the XO or equivalent) in either a missile boat or a hunter killer, and he was so badly paid ( when he actually got paid) he couldnt provide food etc towards the end of each month and his wife had to go along the beach and into fields near where he was based (Polyarny) to find/forage for shellfish, vegetables just to survive … its a pretty shocking read when you think on it. Edit, I forgot the best part, they also picked grass to do a grass soup … yum
Sorry to post an off topic part in the thread.
Which by the way is superb. The rust weathering is simply brilliant and you can imagine the real thing just looking at it … great work