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Originally posted by blocula
The Russians suffered the staggering losses of around 12,000,000 soldiers and 18,000,000 civilians killed,thats 30 million people, in just 4 years,13.88% of its entire population...
Originally posted by blocula
reply to post by ToneDeaf
With so many guns all over the place and so many people trained how to use them in Russia,why was Stalin never asassinated,just blown away? Surely he must have severely pissed off millions of people...Could say the same thing about Mao and Hitler as well,at least people tried to kill Hitler,did anyone ever even try to kill Stalin?
edit on 22-1-2012 by blocula because: (no reason given)
In 1944 there was an attempt called operation zepplin that was a plot to kill Joseph Stalin in moscow.The plan involved a secret flight of a German transport plane to a landing in the countryside near the Soviet capital. An assassin — a former Russian prisoner of war who demonstrated his loyalty — would be provided with a motorcycle and the weapons needed to kill Stalin as he drove through the city. The assassination team members had been thoroughly trained, well-armed and provisions for escape were provided for, as well as a hideout secured for them in Moscow
On June 27, 1941, in response to reports of unit disintegration in battle and desertion from the ranks in the Soviet Red Army, the 3rd Department (military counterintelligence of Soviet Army) of the USSR's Narkomat of Defense issued a directive creating mobile barrier forces composed of NKVD personnel to operate on roads, railways, forests, etc. for the purpose of catching 'deserters and suspicious persons'. These forces were given the acronym SMERSH (from the Russian Smert shpionam - Death to spies). SMERSH detachments were created from NKVD troops, augmented with counterintelligence operatives, and were under the command of the NKVD.
With the continued deterioration of the military situation in the face of the German offensive of 1941, SMERSH and other NKVD punitive detachments acquired a new mission: to prevent the unauthorized withdrawal of Red Army forces from the battle line. The first troops of this kind were formed in the Bryansk Front on September 5, 1941.
According to Time Magazine..."By measure of manpower,duration,territorial reach and casualties,the Eastern Front was as much as four times the scale of the conflict on the Western Front that opened with the Normandy invasion"
Originally posted by mugger
I have had the pleasure of meeting and listening to the stories of many WWII vets, including the Band of Brothers.
I listened to a Russian soldier (with interpreter), speak of the devastation he witnessed in Stalingrad as they stacked bodies up 10 high. It is quite amazing what the overcame to drive the Germans back.
Just imagine how different the outcome would have been if Hitler listened to his commanders. I shudder thinking about it.