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Russia's Pride, a biography of the inventor of the AK-47; Mikhail Kalashnikov.

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In the Great Patriotic War (1941-45), when the Germans invaded Russia, the Russians had a disadvantage in firepower. The Germans had superior firepower over the Russians, but the Russians eventually. As a result, Mikhail Kalashnikov, who was a Russian tank sergeant during the war, invented the AK-47. As a revolutionary, a person who creates a belief or an invention with the intention that it will help people, Kalashnikov change the lives of the people economically, politically, and socially. The affects of the belief or invention is a positive idea from the person and changes society. Kalashnikov's intention when he created the AK-47 was to protect Russia, but now the assault rifle is used worldwide. Kalashnikov's invention, after more than 50 years, is still used today and is known to be the world's best and deadliest assault rifle. With the multitude of people using the AK-47, Kalashnikov has changed warfare, Russia's nationalism, and has been awarded the highest honors.

Kalashnikov came from a peasant family and had little education; he had only finished secondary school. Kalashnikov was working in a Russian depot as a technical clerk before he was called up for military services. He graduated from a school of tank drivers. It was during the Great Patriotic War when Kalashnikov, a tank sergeant for Russia's Red Army, conceived the idea of making an assault rifle. The war started when Germany invaded the USSR in June 1941, during WWII. To defend themselves, Soviet troops retreated then returned to attack. By April 1945, Russia had forced Germans back and the war ended in May 1945. The Russians had made huge sacrifices to win the war; about 20 million died and more were wounded. One major factor that many Russians died during the war was that their weaponry was primitive compared to their enemy's weapons.

Countries saw the value of the AK-47 and changed their weapons and combat strategies. Kalashnikov revolutionized warfare because many people accepted the...