Final Decisions…

“The last battle has begun. Enormous masses of troops, tanks and aircraft are being hurled together against us in the East. The Russians are out there for the final decisions.” Berlin Radio (12 January 1945) Advertisements Advertisements

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Calming Manpower…

“Russians, in the knowledge of inexhaustible supplies of manpower, are accustomed to accepting gigantic fatalities with comparative calm.” Barbara W. Tuchman (1912 to 1989) Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American historian and author. She won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Guns of August, a best-selling history of the prelude to and the first month… Read More

Project 1917 & The Russian Revolution

“As the centenary of Russia’s revolutions approaches, tens of thousands of Russians have been consuming these bits of the past through Project 1917, an “edutainment” initiative that recreates the fateful year in the form of a social network. Posts draw from historical archives, letters and diaries. Users can access a stand-alone site or subscribe to updates on Facebook and… Read More

The Russian Military, Cucumbers & Shaving Brushes!

Despite being Russian terms, all current and ex-soldiers will be able to appreciate the following: Ogourets: a soldier in their first six months of service (literally, a cucumber – referring to the colour green, which signifies inexperience). Pomazok: a soldier who has served more than one year and is therefore released from certain menial tasks… Read More