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"Forgotten Battles of the Great Patriotic War" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2019 7:54 p.m. PST

"The Soviet-German war was the fiercest, most brutal and most costly chapter in World War II. Since this conflict ended with the destruction of both Germany's Wehrmacht and Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, it was also the war's most decisive theater. It is unfortunate, therefore, that until very recently— for largely political, ideological and military reasons— the historical record of this struggle has remained woefully incomplete.

Newly released Russian and German archival sources now indicate that Soviet histories of the war overlooked or obscured as much as 40 percent of the Red Army's wartime military operations, primarily its failed offensives, in a deliberate attempt to conceal those defeats or to protect the reputations of defeated wartime commanders. Resurrecting many of these " forgotten battles" enables us to recognize the contributions of the thousands of Red Army soldiers who fought, perished or simply endured for the sake of their Motherland, only to see history forget their sacrifices….."
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Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2019 4:31 a.m. PST

Excellent summary, as usual, by Col Glantz. If looking for more one place to start is his "Red Storm Over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944" University Press of Kansas 2007.

Legion 412 Jan 2019 8:36 a.m. PST

He was the man on the topic of Russia.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2019 10:20 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend!. (smile)


emckinney12 Jan 2019 12:09 p.m. PST

Had that for a while. A bit dry and very detailed, but his main point is very important: leaving things out is a great way to distort history. Of course, textbooks in American schools did the same thing for decades and decades. Let's face it, the drive to excise Thomas Jefferson from history textbooks is at least this distorting.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2019 2:26 p.m. PST



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