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Stalingrad

by Daniel Russ on September 4, 2015

  23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943. Stalingrad’s worst luck was that it was named after Josef Stalin. It was a perfect town in Russia, a gem on the Volga River and an industrial center. So on August 23rd, 1942, Hitler ordered the German 6th Army under Von Paulus to lay siege to Stalingrad. […]

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The Corkscrew Tank.

by Daniel Russ on October 25, 2012

    Here is one of the funniest success stories I have ever read in military technology. The Russians were extremely creative, if not always elegant. I mean there was no fahrfegnugen in a Russian tank. Essentially a poor country, their engineering was embedded with a deep sense of practicality. The Russians were also painfully […]

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Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich Closing Statement At Their Trial For Performing An Anti-Putin Performance At Christ The Savior Cathedral.

September 6, 2012

  Why did Putin feel the need to exploit the Orthodox religion and its aesthetics? After all, he could have employed his own, far more secular tools of power—for example, national corporations, or his menacing police system, or his own obedient judiciary system. It may be that the tough, failed policies of Putin’s government, the […]

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The Normandie-Niemen Squadrons.

September 2, 2012

The Normandie-Niemen Squadrons were Free French combat pilots that flew missions against the Nazis for and from Russia. They flew 869 missions and scored 273 victories with 37 non-certified shoot-downs. French pilots were flying the Soviet Yakovlev 1, and fast nimble and easy to fly fighter that resembled the Spitfire. These guys could fly. In […]

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The Ant-25 Was A Giant.

February 19, 2012

It had a wingspan of 112 feet. Fully loaded it weighed 17,000 pounds. It flew almost 7000 feet in the air.   The year? 1937.   Few historians have paid attention to the advanced aircraft designs that came out of the Soviet Union prior to and during World War II. The fact of the matter […]

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Beware Object 279.

November 18, 2011

At the outset of the Cold War, weapons designers were hard at work on both sides of the Berlin Wall seeking to stay ahead of the other side in case total war did in fact break out. One of the big ideas in Russia was the survivability of tanks on the battlefield in light of […]

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The Sukhoi SuperJet 100

August 1, 2011

One of the most important Russian domestic aviation programs, the SuperJet100 will compete in the regional jet category where Bombardier and Embraer dominate. The government is subsidizing much of the development to compete in the 75 seat to 95 seat market for jets. Still, Sukhoi excels in design and if the Sukhoi 30 series fighters […]

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Germany In Full Retreat.

March 22, 2011

By March 1943, the tide had turned against the German Army, particularly on the Eastern Front. Now, living through their third arctic Soviet winter, the Wehrmacht faced a seemingly endless and new Red Army force. After traveling through a thousand miles of open steppes, crossing rivers, cutting through thick forests, the murderously efficient Germans could […]

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Buran, Today.

February 22, 2011

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The Rout After Kursk. How Hitler Shot Himself In Both Feet.

August 19, 2010

Byelorussia in the Fall of 1943 was not a lovely place to be; typically this rural Russian agrarian province would see piles of hay, feedstocks, some light industry, rail yards, lovely small cities like Minsk and farm animals at the edges of town bringing to market the things people live on. Bread. Milk. Goods. These […]

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Russian Aircraft Museum (Horrible Music- Turn Sound Down)

May 25, 2010

Related Posts:Sukhoi-47 Berkut, Forward Swept WingsStalingradGreat Article In The Wall Street Journal Asks The Big Questions About Flying.The Corkscrew Tank.The Bell P-59 Airacomet. It Saw Little Action But Taught Us Volumes.

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Book Review “The True Story Of The Campaigns Of War And Peace” by Dominic Lieven

April 21, 2010

“Brave descendents of courageous Slavs! You always smashed the teeth of the lions and tigers who sought to attack you. Let everyone unite: with the Cross in your hearts and weapons in your hands no human force will defeat you.” With these words, Tsar Alexander I appealed to the Russian people to join the fight […]

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Russian Warships Go To Cuba

April 12, 2010

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We Have All Been Here Before

March 31, 2010

“On Monday, suicide bombers struck the Moscow subway killing 38 people and wounding scores of others. The bombers, both women, were purportedly acting on behalf of Islamic breakaway sects in the North Caucasus, including Chechnya. I find it strikingly odd that relatively few in the press have recalled that a pair of Chechen women are […]

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Weird Back To The Cold War Cat And Mouse Games Begin Again

March 26, 2010

“It’s a scene classically reminiscent of Cold War days or a Tom Clancy novel from the same: two weeks ago, Royal Air Force Tornados shadowed a pair of Russian Tu-160 Blackjack heavy bombers as they penetrated British airspace and nonchalantly cruised over the Scottish isles. RAF officials released photos of the intercept today. Apparently, the […]

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100,000 T-55 Main Battle Tanks Were Built, Making It The Most Numerous Tank In History.

December 4, 2009

“The T-54 and T-55 tanks were a series of main battle tanks designed in the Soviet Union. The first T-54 prototype appeared in March 1945, just before the end of the Second World War. The T-54 entered full production in 1947 and became the main tank for armored units of the Soviet Army, armies of […]

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Soyuz

September 28, 2009
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Russian security officers walk along the railroad tracks as the Soyuz rocket is rolled out to the launch pad Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is scheduled to launch the crew of Expedition 21 and a spaceflight participant on Sept. 30, 2009.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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A Little Sanity In A Sea Of Psychosis (w/Update)

September 19, 2009

In a return gesture redolent of the détente between Cold War enemies, Vladimir Popovkin announced that Russian short range missile interceptors will not be placed on Kaliningrad. “Reason has prevailed over ambitions,” Popovkin said. “Naturally, we will cancel countermeasures which Russia has planned in response, such as the (planned) deployment of Iskander missiles in the […]

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Russian Upgrades The R-77 Air To Air Missile.

August 14, 2009

Russia’s leading guided-weapons manufacturer will wheel out revised–if long- touted–versions of its two key air-to-air missile products this month, as it tries to bolster its position in the export arena. Tactical Missile Corp.–also known as TRV–will formally unveil its so-called RVV-SD and RVV-MD missiles for the first time at the Moscow air show later this […]

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Russian Subs Patrolling Off US – Folks This Is A Non Event.

August 5, 2009

Russian subs patrol off our coast in international waters and we patrol all over the world in international waters. Happens all the time.

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