Stalin

  Joseph Stalin was perhaps the most paranoid of absolute monarchs. Although he hated royalty and the bloodlines that bestowed power on people by happenstance, he was far more powerful than all the Tsars counted as one. During the 1930s, he wielded enough power to make life long enemies and decided to eliminate each of […]

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  Josef Stalin   Stalin had a stroke in 1953. He was in his workroom at the time. Of course he might have been saved had someone reached him in time. The problem is that he was so feared, so reviled, even disturbing him when he wanted peace was enough to qualify for an extreme […]

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A Rarely Discussed Topic regarding Barbarossa, How did Stalin let such a huge build up occur without worry?

October 2, 2013

        Stalin, one of the most paranoid people in the world allows a massive build up on the border of Russia without sending troop formations the counter them…… Hitler and his staff were covering up a massive lie, one that took the form of a stable alliance and regular German flights into […]

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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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Why The Wehrmacht Overwhelmed The Russians At Barbarossa.

April 29, 2012

      If Stalin was anything, he was paranoid. Some of his paranoia was well founded. He was a murderous, obstreperous tyrant who saw the world through only his own eyes.  His police state apparatus was filled with informers and he was tipped off to a plot at the top of his officer corps […]

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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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Stalin’s Feckless Response To Barbarossa

June 15, 2011

Stalin purged his officer corps in the mid thirties. Too many people with access to the hard power of war machines were chafing under the thumb of the dictator, and he didn’t wait around until they took action. Three out of five Field Marshals, 90% percent of the generals, 80% of the colonels, and fully […]

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Excogitating On The Eastern Front

October 3, 2010

Churchill and Stalin did not trust each other. Certainly it was stupendously important that the Russian leader fought with the Allies and did so ferociously. Churchill was a student of history and with his access to the finest intelligence services the west could provide he knew what had happened in the 1930s. He knew that […]

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Battle Of Kursk, Part Two

July 20, 2010

  Walter Model, German Commander At Kursk   Kursk was also a battle fought with what today we would call close air support. The Junkers 87 dive bomber, with it’s attack siren and steep diving attitude struck fear into ground troops. During the battle of Kursk, the Germans used them to good effect, particularly by […]

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