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The Red Army is practically invisible. The Red Army was caught flat-footed largely because Stalin would not believe his own intelligence reports which accurately warned of the German invasion. It was an open secret in Europe that Hitler would attack the Soviet Union. Stalin seems to have been the only government leader not to believe it.
US and British intelligence reckoned that the Red Army could not hold out for more than three or four weeks. That was the German estimate too. During the first six months of fighting the Red Army lost three million soldiers; divisions had to be written out of the Soviet order of battle.
But instead of quitting after three or four weeks, as expected, the Red Army kept fighting through thick and thin, in spite of unimaginable catastrophes, the worst of which was the fall of Kiev in September Women were stripped naked and forced to queue while waiting be to shot.
Ukrainian and Baltic collaborators lent a hand. Hundreds of thousands, then millions of Soviet civilians died. Yet the war was no walk in the park for the Wehrmacht. This was a new experience for the Germans who until then had destroyed every adversary they faced with relatively little loss to themselves.
Poland was essentially beaten in four days; France, in six. The British army was run out of Europe, first at Dunkirk, where it left all its arms, and then in Greece and Crete which were fresh British fiascos. There were also others later on in North Africa. The Wehrmacht was finally beaten at the battle of Moscow in Decemberlong after British and US intelligence said the war in the east would be over.
It was the first time the Wehrmacht had suffered a strategic defeat. Churchill only relented on this point after the battle of Moscow. Everyone knew that the Red Army was carrying the main burden of the war against Germany. In the autumn Soviet forces fought with their backs against the Volga in Stalingrad.
Someone said Stalingrad was Hell. The Red Army won this ferocious battle, and the last German soldiers surrendered on 3 Februaryfifteen months before the Normandy landings in France. On that date there was not a single US or British division fighting on the ground in Europe, not one.
In March the tally of German and Axis casualties was enormous: Many historians and contemporaries from clerks in the British Foreign Office to President Franklin Roosevelt in Washington thought that Stalingrad marked the turning of the tide of war against Hitler.
A British study indicated that one bomber out of three came within kilometres of hitting its target. So the British and Americans started bombing cities and killing large numbers of civilians.
In raids on Hamburg infor example, they killed 40, people. Berlin was also hit with increasing loss to the civilian population. Well, I guess that was worth something in terms of Red Army morale.
By mid, Red Army morale was just fine. In July the battle of Kursk marked the beginning of a great counter-offensive which led to the liberation of Kiev and further north Smolensk in the autumn of The Red Army became an unstoppable juggernaut. What Stalin really wanted was a second front in France.
The Americans and British made promises which they could not or would not keep.Soviet Union had to suffer the most which comprised the EASTERN FRONT. Soviet Union lost 27 Million (27,,) civilians (women, children, kids) and soldiers to stop the German Wehrmacht onslaught in WW2; and eventually turn the tide in WW2.
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Rummel] innocent humans - men, women and little children. The monster Stalin may be the greatest mass killer of all time. Communism.
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