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George Collins

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  1. I kind of agree with Joe, the criterion for distinguishing the 'left' from the 'right' seems to be as arbitrary as Hegel's dialectics. In fact, late Stanford University research fellow Antony Sutton said as much calling 'left-right' division a Hegelian trap. It stroke me as insightful enough to pose when I realized that Hitler's Nazi Germany and Stalin's USSR started the Second World War together - as de facto and de jure allies - by agreeing to and executing the division of Poland, a sovereign European state, in near perfect accord.
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    Ms Gaddis

    Do you remember what area did he say they had found the sites in - at least what country?
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    Accuracy of Stories

    That alone is highly commendable.
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    Accuracy of Stories

    Right, but the purpose of this forum is precisely to sort it all out, I understand. So, making a sweeping accusation does not really help. Not that you are wrong, but we are all looking for the specifics - well, I am anyway...
  5. Well, the Siege of Leningrad was predominantly a suffocating affair. Wehrmacht abandoned any meaningful attempts to take the city early on - in fact at the end of September, 1941, as I recall, all panzer divisions were redeployed to Moscow theater. So, the Finnish advance was very important in that it cut alternative supply routes to and from the city, which was a major production hub of heavy weapons in European part of Russia.
  6. Actually, Vyborg is comparatively close to Leningrad/St. Petersburg - just over 100 km north-west; moreover, without the Finnish advance during the Continuation War between Finland and USSR, the Siege of Leningrad would unlikely take place at all. This phase of the conflict, by the way, began with the bombing raids of Finnish cites by the Soviet VVS on June 25, 1941 - just 3 days after the launch of Barbarossa by Wehrmacht. Makes you think about the RKKA General Staff's strategic prowess. And, yes, Zhukov was the RKKA Chief of General Staff at the time, so he had something to do with that.
  7. Here's a direct quote: "War History Online is publishing an article on a female hero of the Red Army who defended Leningrad from the very beginning of the Siege until the surrender of German troops in Kurland pocket." and there's an issue here - it implies that Kurland pocket operation was directly related to the Siege of Leningrad. It was not. The Siege of Leningrad was officially over by February 1944, over 6 months before the Kurland pocket operation would begin. Not to mention that it was quite some distance from Leningrad.
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    Age of Tanks (4 part mini series Netflix)

    RKKA was by far the largest army at the onset of WW2 - more so than at its end.
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    Very confused about my history

    Interesting. I saw another twisted tale. Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, the son of a decorated Wehrmacht officer, as a kid met Stauffenberg's widow in his hometown at the end of the war, and later - wait for this - converted to Judaism and served in the Israeli Defense Forces: https://www.chabad.org/multimedia/media_cdo/aid/2375263/jewish/I-Am-the-Son-of-a-Nazi.htm
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    Germany in WW I

    I thought it was common knowledge that Germany was not equipped for the war of attrition, especially after the United States would enter the fray.
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    Russian Invasion

    We had a go at that already multiple times, of course. Like here:
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    Today's Post---myths of WW2

    I don't dismiss the Soviet story - I simply don't have enough information to go on... except that, if the Soviets correctly identified the burnt body as his, there would be literally nothing to perform a meaningful autopsy on. But I fail to see the importance of the one-ball story's origin. Surely, with or without the second ball, Hitler's reputation remains pretty marred.
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    Today's Post---myths of WW2

    Autopsy? That's news to me. I though his body was found completely burnt but for some skull and bone fragments that would be transported to Moscow and archived there. At least, that's what the Soviets claimed.
  14. That's a perfectly reasonable position, Steve, and it only underscores the need for critical view of many snippets you're using here. I must say that this is a rather irrelevant statement, all things considered. First of all, it does not pertain to a tank design, per se. Secondly, I've already quoted Solonin about from 30 to 40 percent of RKKA tanks of ALL models being equipped with the radios by June 1941, which means that most if not all T-34 and KV tanks (brand new at the time) were. And if you in any way are implying that Pz-III and Pz-IV were in any way better than T-34, you are not being serious. The Pzs' only comparable feature was 75 mm gun on some (not all) of Pz-IV tanks. Diesel engines powered T-34s faster, farther, and in worse conditions compared to highly flammable gasoline powered Wehrmacht tanks at the time. A ‘Stalin Order’ is a very poor sourcing format, Steve. There were hundreds of "Stalin Orders", so you might want to be more specific about the number, the date and the context. Something tells me that you're using a second hand account here, without specifying what it is. I assume you inadvertently transposed 3 and 4 here, but more to the point is that I can fetch many anecdotal accounts by Wehrmacht personnel of all ranks complaining about their immobilized tanks in vast wilderness of Russia - there is no shortage of that, quite obviously. Yet, one of the foremost authorities on all things WWII, Müller-Hillebrand, wrote, "The appearance of T-34 tank was an unpleasant surprise... Due to its speed, all-terrain travel capability, reinforced armor and armament, especially the extended 76 mm gun providing for improved accuracy and piercing power at unreachable before distances, [T-34] represented an entirely new type of tanks." (Das Heer 1933-1945). Lastly, when you write, "I believe it is still reasonable to say that the T-34/76 in service was notably less reliable than its American or German counterparts (with the exception of early versions of the German Panther which also suffered from reliability issues)", you kind of contradict your own argument. Why would you compare early versions of T-34 to later versions of its "counterparts", if vice versa is not acceptable?
  15. Your first comment was, "Imagine thinking the Degtyarev guns are good," which in the context of your body of work here appears to ridicule my first comment ...and incidentally misses my point by a mile.