The great war plan, preparations, collapse, and recovery - a revised
The history of Russia in World War 2 is still being revised. In the
first decades after World War 2, the historiography of Russia's part
in the war in between 1939 and the end of 1941, was largely based on a
combination of the strictly censored Russian state propaganda's
version and of what was known outside Russia, which was then closed
behind the "Iron Curtain" of the Cold War.
Eventually, two new factors provided new insights and new proofs which
enable a revision that let us get much closer to the truth.
The first factor was the great and laborious work of a few open-minded
2nd generation independent researchers like Viktor Suvorov and Mark
Solonin, which applied analytic approaches to the vast scope of
publicly available Russian wartime and post-war documentation and
literature, detected thousands of small details of information that
slipped over the years through the Soviet censorship, and processed
these into coherent new insights which dramatically changed our
perception of what happened, both before the German invasion
(Suvorov's work), and after it started (Solonin's work).
First and foremost of these researchers was Vladimir Rezun (known by
his pen name Viktor Suvorov), a Russian military intelligence officer
who applied his deep knowledge of intelligence gathering and analysis
methods, and of Russian military doctrines, to Russia's World War 2
military literature, with dramatic results.
The second factor was the partial removal of the deep cover of
censorship from Russian military and s...
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... realized that since they're country is being
massively attacked there's a good chance that they can escape from the
war without being punished by the formidable regime. Given the
possibility that for the first time in their life non-cooperation with
the Communist regime will NOT be severely punished, so many favored
that option, and that's something the Russian censorship could never
So while in all material aspects Russia was enormously prepared for
war, and could therefore theoretically manage much better than it did,
even under a massive surprise attack, in morale terms, the Russian
people in the front (which rapidly moved East all across the long
front), were generally unwilling to fight for their terrible terror
regime once fear of it was lost since the regime itself was being
attacked and in danger.
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