Obituary. Gorelik Mikhail Viktorovich

January 12th, 2015 Gorelik Mikhail Viktorovich aged 71 passed away. He was one of the most famous contemporary Russian historians of weaponology. Educated as an expert of arts he was a leading expert in the field of historical reconstruction in the Soviet period and modern Russia. Scientific reconstructions of weaponry suits and equipment of ancient and medieval peoples made under his supervision are stored in the Russian State Historical Museum, the Tower of London, the state museums in Kiev (Ukraine) and Almaty (Kazakhstan).  He was awarded with the main Russian cinematic award for designing more than a hundred historical suits and equipment for the historical period drama “Yermak” about the Russian conquest of Siberia. As a result of his scientific interest in ancient and medieval weapons of Eurasia are his books: “Armies of Mongolo-Tatars in 900-1300” and “Weapons of Ancient Oriental. 4000 BC-300 AD” and dozens of articles about the…

Review. Guerrilla weapons: the catalog of collection. The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum

Review. Guerrilla weapons: the catalog of collection. The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum; ed. G.V.Scorinko, S.A.Loparev. Minsk, 2014 ISBN 978-985-7083-26-8 The book presents a unique collection of self-made weapons, which were made and used by Soviet partisans who fought in Belarus in 1941-1944. The museum exposition opened on 22 October 1944 in Minsk (Belarus). The catalog of the collection was published in the year of the 70th anniversary of Belarus liberation. The author and editors are G.V.Scorinko, the deputy of the Chief curator of The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum, and S.A.Loparev, the author of a series of articles about partisans’ weapons. The main content of the book is the collection of self-made submachine guns made by artisans of partisans’ troops. The collection includes copies of famous guns (PPD-40, PPSh-41, PPS-43) as well as completely original models. The total number is more than 50 items accompanied by technical characteristics and…