I recently purchased a Mosin-Nagant 1891/30 rifle. As such, I've been looking online for period pictures of regular Soviet troops (NOT snipers) using them in combat.
Nine times out of time, the searches I launch on Google yield pictures FILLED with Soviet troops toting SMGs... Mostly PPSh-41s, but sometimes PPS-43s. Rarely do I find pictures with troops using the 91/30.
While I understand that the urban warfare of Stalingrad, etc. favored short submachine guns instead of long rifles with spike bayonets attached that were nearly 6ft tall... (I am always hitting door frames, the ceiling in my bedroom, etc. with my 91/30. I can't imagine how clumsy that thing would have been to fight with in a destroyed city-scape with rubble everywhere! ) I understand that 37million (if not more) 91/30s were built during the war. However, based on the amount of SMGs showing up in the period pictures I'm finding, it would lead me to believe that EVEN MORE Soviet SMGs were made...
Were there really THAT MANY Soviet SMGs on the battlefield? OR Is it that photographers prefered to snap pictures of soldiers using the new and sexy SMGs instead of the long, old style 91/30 rifles that had been around since 1891?