The Vulnerable Half Million…

“…during the war over half a million women fought in the Soviet armed forces. However, rather than improving the status of women, this left them more vulnerable to mistreatment. It has come to light from recently opened Soviet records and the confessions of Red Army veterans that female soldiers were routinely sexually abused, especially by… Read More

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A War of Attrition…

“It was a war of attrition. From near-defeat in 1941 the Soviet Union drew the German forces deeper and deeper into Russia until they were overstretched and vulnerable. The Soviet armies then counter-attacked, pushing the enemy back into Germany until Berlin itself fell in May 1945. Soviet casualties were prodigious. In the worst years, 1941-42,… Read More

Quantity & Spells…

“Quantity has a spell of its own.” Joseph Stalin (1878 to 1953) Joseph Stalin, Russian in full Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, original name (Georgian) Ioseb Dzhugashvili, secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922 to 1953) and premier of the Soviet state (1941 to 1953), who for a quarter of a century dictatorially ruled… Read More

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