No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

20th October, 1941 : Pressure on Moscow continues without respite. The Germans advance to within 65 miles of the city. The Russians throw all available forces into the fight. All looters and black marketeers are to be executed without trial. Up to this date the Russians have lost 600,000 square miles of territory, with a population of 65 million. According to German sources, only partly denied, the Russians have lost 3,200,000 prisoners of war besides an unknown number of dead, 19,000 tanks, 28,000 guns and 14,600 aircraft. Some of this material has been destroyed, some captured by the enemy. t-34-tank.infantryAnd still, thanks to the fresh forces brought in from beyond the Urals and the tanks they are feverishly turning out from factories in Moscow and from those transported to the other side of the Urals (plus the ‘scorched earth’ policy in front of the invader) Soviet commanders are able to organise counter-attacks everywhere. The T-34 and other heavy Soviet tanks inflict heavy losses on the enemy. Their wide tracks prevent them from sinking in the mud, whereas the German tanks often get stuck.

In Moscow 500,000 people, men and woman are mobilised and in a record time construct a formidable ring of fortifications, digging 5,000 miles of trenches and anti-tank ditches. Putting up 185 miles of barbed wire and making barriers out of felled trees.

About Ludwig von Gress

Born in communist Europe, interested in defence matters on a macro scale, with a cavalry “devil may care spirit” from his grandfather and cautious effectiveness of asymmetric warfare approach from his guerilla father. He sometimes despairs that he may be the only one taking the defence of Australia seriously.
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