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Posts on 06/21/19

Wartime Morale

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 06/21/19 3:26 pm) John Eipper commented on my post of June 20th, "Wartime morale is a tricky concept. You can possibly only measure it after the fact. Has there ever been a case of a nation winning a war despite ...

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Soviet "Barrier Troops" in Spain?

(Boris Volodarsky, Austria, 06/21/19 7:08 am) I am astounded by the ease with which Eugenio Battaglia (20 June) mentions the use of barrier troops in Spain. Just a couple of his father's postcards showing a "Rojo" tied with a c ...

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Don`t Overlook the Pacific Front

(Timothy Brown, USA, 06/21/19 4:11 am) Once again, the Pacific front is treated as if nothing of any importance whatsoever took place during WWII beyond Europe's Eastern front. I beg to disagree. But then, based on my ten+ years deali ...

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Did the Soviets "Clear" Minefields with Waves of Troops?

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 06/21/19 3:47 am) John E asked this question, about Soviet tactics and minefields: "How true are the Western reports that the Soviet army crossed German minefields [in WWII] the quick way--by advancing waves ...

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Posts on 06/20/19

Decimation, Deserters, and Draft Dodgers

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 06/20/19 9:30 am) The use of "barrier troops" in Spain was common knowledge in Italy.  I remember a propaganda postcard about it and another showing a "Rojo" tied with a chain to his machine gu ...

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How to Explain Soviet Motivation in WWII

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 06/20/19 7:46 am) I found Cameron Sawyer's post of June 20th very informative, but I am somewhat contrary and surprised by his hesitation about one important point: "The main factor [for Soviet WWII success] w ...

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Territorial Waters and the UN

(Timothy Brown, USA, 06/20/19 7:36 am) I served in Tel Aviv 1965-67, but didn't deal with rights of the sea. My responsibilities involving territorial rights and freedom of navigation matters at the international level came later when ...

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Debunking the Myth of "Soviet Hordes" in WWII

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 06/20/19 4:15 am) The cartoonish view of Soviet military doctrine--that the Soviets won by forcing hordes of people at gunpoint to attack (see David Pike, 19 June)--may be satisfying to someone seeking to conform histo ...

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"Barrier Troops" as a Soviet Tactic

(Boris Volodarsky, Austria, 06/20/19 4:00 am) To David Pike's post of 19 June and JE's comment: So-called barrier troops are well known and there is no sense to acknowledge or deny this fact (as is the case with modern Russian hist ...

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