fiddler54, on Nov 14 2012 - 19:51, said:
I think only the Russians had a height restriction under 5'7".
I happened to meet a Russian tank platoon once, back in the 80's in East Berlin. They were all about 5'0" to 5'6". Except one poor guy who was probably a bit over 6'. He must have had a growth spurt after he was conscripted, because his uniform pant legs and sleeves were about 3 or 4 inches too short. They were also all of Asian descent, except their officer/commissar. The Soviets used to send their Asian conscripts west, and European conscripts east, so they were less likely to sympathize with the locals in case of a rebellion.