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Osoaviakhim (Societies of assistance to defense and aviation-chemical construction)

Осоавиахим (Союз обществ содействия обороне и авиационно-химическому строительству СССР)

Societies of Assistance to the Defense and Aviation-Chemical Construction of the USSR (Osoaviakhim) was established in 1925-1926 via the merger of Dobrokhim, the Voluntary Society of Friends of Chemical Defense and Chemical Industry and of ODAF, the Society of Friends of the Air Force. In 1948, Osoaviakhim was re-structured into three societies: the Voluntary Society of Assistance to the Army (DOSARM), the Voluntary Society of Assistance to the Air Force (DOSAV) and the Voluntary Society of Assistance to the Navy (DOSFLOT). The three were reconstituted in August 1951 into the Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation, and Navy (DOSAAF).

Sources & Citations

Erickson, J. (2001) The Soviet High Command: a Military-political History 1918-1941, 3rd Ed. London: Routledge.
Tiushkevich, S. A. (1978). The Soviet Armed Forces: A history of their organizational development: a Soviet view. Washington: United States Air Force. (PP. 165-166, Soviet Air Force organization and history)
Boyd, A. (1977). The Soviet Air Force since 1918. London: MacDonald & Company, Ltd.