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    Great Patriotic War (USSR in World War II)

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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sun May 17, 2020 7:07 pm

    Was the Soviet fleet useless in World War II
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    Post  GarryB on Mon May 18, 2020 5:58 am

    Just based on the title... if they consider the Soviet fleet entirely useless I assume they are ignoring the continued defence they provided in Leningrad and Crimea, and support in operations on land using naval personel...

    But then we must take out hats off to the British navy that was so influential during WWII.... or not... it wasn't even much use at Dunkirk... it was mostly civilian fishing boats and cargo vessels that assisted the running away...

    You could argue the Royal Navy was useful for D-Day, but the war was practically decided by then, so hardly pivotal...
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Mon May 18, 2020 7:12 am

    Despite losses, the RN played its role:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_history_of_World_War_II#Great_Britain

    Let's not forget that the Soviet river flotillas & naval aviation also aided in the war effort:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danube_Flotilla_(Soviet_Union)#1940_flotilla

    https://weaponsandwarfare.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/20160510-grau-river-flotillas-in-support-of-defensive-ground-operations-the-soviet-experience.pdf

    Some armoured gunboats even fought in the battle of Berlin, making their way on the Spree.
    https://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/ww2/soviet-navy

    Russian Navy Aviation managed all land, shore and vessel-based (tender seaplanes and catapult vessels) hydroplanes and aircraft, as well as flying boats. The air units also conducted land operations in support of the Red Army during landings and disembarkation and served in special wartime operations. Naval Aviation provided some air cover to Allied convoys bringing equipment to Soviet forces from North Sea to the Barents Sea and via the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Okhotsk. During the war, Naval Aviation delivered an immense blow to the enemy in terms of sunken ships and crews—two and a half times more than any other unit of the Soviet Navy. Seventeen naval aviation units were honored with the title of the Soviet Guards, while 241 men were awarded with the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union (including five pilots—even twice).
    https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Soviet_Naval_Aviation
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    Post  dino00 on Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:52 pm

    https://twitter.com/dimsmirnov175/status/1277867434914000896?s=19

    Magnificent russia

    WW2 RZHEV monument

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    Post  GarryB on Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:58 am

    Ironic that the west is recognising its terrible history and is tearing down the evidence, while Russian memorials to their heroes keep being erected... and long may the latter continue... it is the very least we can do.

    What of course would be even better if the west would learn from its past mistakes so people wouldn't be put in the situation these heroes were in... of course they would prefer a normal life without their friends and family dying and houses and cities destroyed to no purpose... but it really wasn't something they could do anything about.

    It comes down to those in power... it was military defence agreements like HATO that created WWI, and it was economic sanctions and biggotry against Germany that created Hitler and caused WWII... and it was economic sanctions and a trade embargo that forced Japan to seek military solutions to her problems too... then blaming it all on the Soviet Union which seems now to be standard practise in the west creates conflict and tension where none is needed... there are enough problems in the world without creating fake ones... but Russia is not Germany and is perfectly capable of killing enormous numbers of people in the west... the very first period of WWII for the British was called the Phoney war because with Germany invading Poland there was very little the British could do and Germany was so far away from Britain the air raid sirens went off when war was declared... likely to test them, but nothing happened.

    With ICBMs and SLBMs and aircraft carrying long range cruise missiles that is not going to happen in a future conflict with Russia... but the bullshit and pressure and fake news continues to make Russia out to be the villain... the mistake they are making is that this villain can really kick your arse... unlike previous villains like North Korea, or Cuba or Iraq or Iran or Syria of Venezuela or Libya.

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    Post  SeigSoloyvov on Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:08 am

    Tsavo Lion wrote:Was the Soviet fleet useless in World War II
    https://vz.ru/society/2020/5/17/1039405.print.html

    Yes and no, it was too small and too out of date to pose any real threat to the germans in an Open Naval capacity

    But it did have its uses else where, the RN Bogged down most of the German fleet so that helped the USSR out.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:31 am

    The Soviet Navy was in no position to have an enormous influence on events during WWII. The Pacific Fleet was neutral in the conflict with Japan for most of the war and the Baltic fleet was contained with mines for most of the war by the Germans.

    The Baltic fleet ships used their guns to support Leningrad and the surrounds and supported the later advance towards Germany... in fact I think three Soviet subs have the record for the number of enemy killed when they torpedoed three or four ships taking German wounded back to Germany.

    The Black Sea Fleet was also very busy if not particularly successful... they played their part... and those of the Northern Fleet also supported operations in the far north where in several cases German advances were stopped and pushed back by forces consisting of fishermen and hunters and naval personel....

    They weren't pivotal but neither was the Soviet Air Force for the first few years either.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:14 pm

    In light of current Anglo-Suckson's whitewashing WW2 history.

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    Post  Isos on Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:41 pm

    What your image forget to say is that best german soldiers were on the eastern front.

    If they were on the western front, even without changing the numbers, US+UK would have been destroyed pretty easily.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:49 am

    Even in western comedy shows like Allo Allo, and Hogans Heroes they mention the Eastern front is where all the hard core Nazi soldiers went.
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    Post  kvs on Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:47 pm

    The Germans were stripping the large caliber cannons from the pill boxes facing the Atlantic and the English Channel to use on the Eastern front.
    The last 11 months of the war in Europe which saw yanqui forces move fast to Germany were the collapse phase of the Reich so the
    resistance on the western front was a tiny fraction of the Eastern front.   This was also due to Nazi propaganda since German soldiers
    were brainwashed to have zero respect for Russians as humans and expected all sorts of depraved treatment if they became POWs.
    By contrast, German soldiers surrendered to the Americans en masse since they expected proper treatment as POWs.  And leaving the
    front as a POW and staying alive was a major incentive given that continuing to fight would likely mean death.

    So those loss numbers in the above graphic are misleading. The resources destroyed on the western front were much easier to achieve
    than on the eastern front.

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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:14 pm

    WWII German battlefield & POW losses:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_casualties_in_World_War_II#German_prisoners_of_war

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_casualties_in_World_War_II#United_States_Army_Figures_for_German_and_Italian_Losses

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Other_Losses#Prisoner_totals

    https://www.amazon.com/Other-Losses-Investigation-Prisoners-Americans/dp/0889226652

    It's very probable that more German POWs died in Allied hands than in the USSR that used most of them for unskilled & skilled labour.
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    Post  starman on Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:24 am

    GarryB wrote:Even in western comedy shows like Allo Allo, and Hogans Heroes they mention the Eastern front is where all the hard core Nazi soldiers went.

    I recall on Hogan's Heroes and some movie being sent to the Russian front was a dreaded punishment.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:18 am

    I recall on Hogan's Heroes and some movie being sent to the Russian front was a dreaded punishment.

    It was generally considered a death sentence in that light comedy show...
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    Post  SeigSoloyvov on Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:36 am

    Sad your graph is wrong, the Germans did not have over 700 divisions during the war lol.

    Though no one is sure what the actual number is war records like that were pretty much destroyed and the USSR just didn't keep track of that well.

    It's accepted they had around 500 at most.
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