Red Army  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Workers' and Peasants' Red Army was the national military of the Soviet Union until 1946. Emerging from Soviet Russian, Ukrainian and other national revolutionary communist combat groups during the Russian Civil War of 1918–1922, the Red Army was consolidated under the leadership of Leon Trotsky, and grew into one of the largest and most powerful armies in military history by the 1940s.

The color connotation of "Red Army" refers to the traditional colour of the Communist movement.

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