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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Sep 2022 10:03 a.m. PST

The inmates of penal colony No 8, in the Tambov region 300 miles south of Moscow, rushed to their cell windows when they heard the sound of a helicopter approaching on a late afternoon in July…

The Guardian: link

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2022 10:15 a.m. PST

Russia did the same thing in WWII, so it is not surprising or without precedent.

soledad20 Sep 2022 10:49 a.m. PST

It is not even close to an army, it will be armed rabble. One week of training, one week…

They are beyond ineffective. It is not even cannon fodder. It would be better to put up some barbed wire, that at least might stop infantry for a few minutes. These people would not succeed in even that.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa20 Sep 2022 11:21 a.m. PST

Off the top of my head all the "successful" examples of penal units were soldiers before they were convicted rather than convicts who became soldiers… I'm excluding the odd examples from the UK etc when individuals with criminal proclivities were hired during wartime for certain specialist skills they had.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2022 12:40 p.m. PST

Both the Germans & Russians had Penal units in WWII …

I await to see how "effective" they are today.

JMcCarroll20 Sep 2022 5:21 p.m. PST

First chance they get.
"I am Russian solder wishing to surrender".
Well at least the smart ones.

dapeters21 Sep 2022 1:03 p.m. PST

Worst will be these guys scurrying back into Russia with weapons.

JMcCarroll21 Sep 2022 5:00 p.m. PST

"Worst will be these guys scurrying back into Russia with weapons." There is a down side to this?

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2022 9:16 p.m. PST

What could possibly go wrong?

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