OH … YEAH?
I conduct my own blitzkrieg on the topic of warfare. It’s too large (and I’m too old anyway) to devote the time to study it properly. No point: “Those who don’t learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them” (or something like that, Santayana). So? So I guess we’re doomed. Read on …
Right now I’m reading an analysis of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour (the author doesn’t seem impressed). I find myself both impressed, and cynically unimpressed—not with the Japanese but the defending Americans.
I’m impressed with the US reaction—they were up and fighting within minutes, and when they couldn’t open the ‘ready use’ ammo containers because they were locked and some officer somewhere held the keys they just bust ’em open and helped themselves. AND, according to the book, knocked down quite a few attackers and disrupted quite a few attacks. Just think what they might have done had they been forewarned … ready and waiting. And now we find, after seventy years, that the bigwigs in Washington knew about the incoming ‘surprise’ attack all along but thought it better not to let the troops know*.
FLASH SIDEWAYS NOW TO
The calculation of casualties depends on what scope is given to the Battle of Stalingrad. The scope can vary from the fighting in the city and suburbs to the inclusion of almost all fighting on the southern wing of the Soviet–German front from the spring of 1942 to the end of the fighting in the city in the winter of 1943. Scholars have produced different estimates depending on their definition of the scope of the battle. The difference is comparing the city against the region. The Axis suffered 850,000 total casualties (wounded, killed, captured) among all branches of the German armed forces and its allies; 400,000 Germans, 200,000 Romanians, 130,000 Italians and 120,000 Hungarians were killed, wounded or captured.
The Germans lost 900 aircraft (including 274 transports and 165 bombers used as transports), 500 tanks and 6,000 artillery pieces.:122–123 According to a contemporary Soviet report, 5,762 guns, 1,312 mortars, 12,701 heavy machine guns, 156,987 rifles, 80,438 sub-machine guns, 10,722 trucks, 744 aircraft; 1,666 tanks, 261 other armored vehicles, 571 half-tracks and 10,679 motorcycles were captured by the Soviets. An unknown amount of Hungarian, Italian, and Romanian material was lost. The USSR, according to archival figures, suffered 1,129,619 total casualties; 478,741 personnel killed or missing, and 650,878 wounded or sick. The USSR lost 4,341 tanks destroyed or damaged, 15,728 artillery pieces and 2,769 combat aircraft. 955 Soviet civilians died in Stalingrad and its suburbs from aerial bombing by Luftflotte 4 as the German 4th Panzer and 6th Armies approached the city.:p.73
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—and this wee battle is just one of many. I think I could (almost) safely say that the war (WW2, to be specific) against Nazi Germany was effectively between Russia and Germany, won by Russia with a little bit of help from the allies. (If you want a real battle, you should look up Kursk.)
also came unstuck invading Russia. And down through the ages so did lots of other ambitious oiks, but some folks never seem to learn.
I really don’t mind if some oik wants to make his name. That’s simple human nature and there are plenty of simpletons out there—but why drag the innocent in too?
SO IF YOU LIVE AS A SERF
in any ‘western democracy’ wherein the leaders are stirring up ill feeling towards Russia, then I ask you to look more carefully at what is happening, and why. It could well be that as with Pearl Harbor your leaders know more than you do and you are just—if not the bait—the pawn.
I’m also watching a most interesting Dvd, a series of American ‘documentaries’ on WW2. Excellently done, with a strong element of propaganda and some too obvious slants (but sourced during and very soon after WW2 that aspect can be forgiven).
Oh, yes, the name of it: “WAR 10 Documentary Collection” (yep~!)
So far I’ve watched ‘The Nazis Strike’ (one of the best summaries of what happened, how and why it happened that I’ve ever seen) and ‘Fury in the Pacific’ which is the one covering Pearl Harbour.
Confusingly there’s also another three volumes of ‘War in the Pacific’. I’ve now watched the Aleutians one which also has footage from the storming of Tarawa. The Aleutians is well worth the viewing, I imagine most folks don’t even know what one is or that there was a war way up there in the chilly north too.
Oh, yeah? Do you really think that you might succeed where literally millions have failed, and take them Russkies out? (Hold me tight …)
First: best of luck if you try; and second, why the hell would you want to? Are you … shock, horror, gasp etc … possibly/perhaps/maybe being just a little bit misguided in that direction by your Beloved Leaders?
No—neither could Pearl Harbour* …
* Over 2,400 dead. Say it fast, and it doesn’t hurt so much (it’s all history anyway).