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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 10:24 p.m. PST

"Despite the fact that the Soviet Union intended to use airships only for peaceful activity, they were forced to take part in WW2 and made a significant contribution to the victory effort.

When the 1917 Revolution broke out, the Russian airship industry was in free fall, so to speak. Only in 1920 did the Soviets decide to renovate their airship fleet. Unlike the Russian Empire, which purchased most of its airships abroad, the young Soviet state had no such opportunity since back then it was in full international isolation…"
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Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 9:09 a.m. PST

Two reasons might be Bf-109 and 8.8cm PAK 43.

If airship bombers didn't work in 1917, they definitely weren't going to work in 1942. All the reasons they didn't work got worse.

A more interesting question is why the Soviets didn't lean into the Pe-8. Its loss rates were high, but lower than the 8th Air Force's B-17 loss rate and the Soviets weren't shy about taking losses. They were all about production, why not hit German production?

JMcCarroll Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 9:17 a.m. PST

Strategic bombing was a allied job.

Tactical bombing was a Soviet job.

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 9:40 a.m. PST

I think range issues on their bombers until 1944 prevented the Russians from bombing Germany. Plus like said above not sure how much they could have added to the bombing campaign. The Brits & Yanks we're hammering away.

Cuprum224 Mar 2020 8:32 p.m. PST

The USSR had big problems with the production of strategic bombers – Pe-8s produced less than 100 units over the entire period. On the quality of these aircraft can be said that they were retired in 1946.
In addition, the state of the USSR long-range bomber aviation is not bad characterized by the fact that a significant part of Soviet long-range bomber aviation during the war was C-47 (and its Soviet counterpart Li-2) with bombs on an external suspended.
In general – the Soviet long-range bomber aircraft was weak and … not far enough)))

However, the USSR launched several air strikes on Berlin in 1941 (not very effective), but quickly lost such an opportunity with the movement of the front to the East.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 11:58 a.m. PST



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