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Comment on Soaring Above the Glass Ceiling by GPittard

Like WW1, when women fought in the war, the Russians seriously needed troops on the ground. Men were dying fast and Russia, to this day, has not recovered. Now that the war required a whole new size of force in the air, why not put women up there since… Continue reading

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Comment on Student Curriculum by GPittard

Like the above said, this seems like an attempt to create a “perfect” Russian society. Stalin had already royally screwed up the path to true communism, so why not make it look more like one. Also, Instilling a kind of military value in their souls seems sort of opposite from the Bolsheviks in the dawn of the revolution when they cut out all formal military attitudes in the Russian Army. Continue reading

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Comment on Communism vs. Fascism…the Ali vs. Frazier heavyweight bout of WWII. by GPittard

Like Professor Nelson always says, its always great when somebody doesn’t blame it all on the weather. Bringing in all the reasons really helps people understand how the Russians really pulled themselves together and pushed forward. Continue reading

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Comment on “Not One Step Back” by rkw15

Good use of the video footage from the battle. It gives a good visual to your description of the city and the battle itself. This is a good overview of the battle of Stalingrad. A good thought to add would be Stalin’s motivation to go for all out war. Check out this post from your classmate that incorporates Order No. 227.: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/ccubberly/2014/10/19/not-one-step-back/ Continue reading

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Comment on Car Trouble by oliva2015

This was a very cool post and a very interesting on going problem for Russia. I had not thought about the fact that nearly all major world powers have their own thriving car companies, however Russia has been severely set back since the Bolshevik Revolution. I wonder how or if Russia’s car industry will ver be able to recover. Continue reading

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Comment on Not One Step Back by rkw15

Good article on the siege of Stalingrad. This posts does a good job at analyzing why Hitler wanted to take Stalingrad and how the Soviet Victory managed to create a turning point in the war. To address Steve’s comment, I think Order 227 did motivate the Russian forces. The language in the order inspires nationalism amongst Russian troops and officers. The order tells Russians that it is their duty to protect their country, their fatherland. Therefore, if anyone retreats they are not doing his or her national duty. The order is like a rally for one last stand against the germans. I think Stalin is saying that if they retreat anymore, it will mean defeat and Russians are too strong (in will and numbers) for defeat. Continue reading

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Comment on False Mourning by ryandellinger

Stalin obviously had a tendency to alter facts for his own gain, but how often was it really? He ruled with an iron first, when was this not enough to elicit favorable results, forcing Stalin to alter facts?
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Comment on Tattle Tale Turned Hero by ryandellinger

I have to disagree a bit on the spread of information. While it is highly unlikely that one village would come clean and oust the story as false, it is still very possible. Even today, when whistleblowers come forward against big corporations, that business’ reputation suffers. In Russia, had anyone come forward with credible evidence that this was just a myth, it would have had a similar effect, and any mistrust or distaste of the central government was something the Russians could not afford Continue reading

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Comment on Communism vs. Fascism…the Ali vs. Frazier heavyweight bout of WWII. by rkw15

Excellent Post. You did a great job of incorporating all the different aspects that led to the german defeat. One thing to consider about Hitler’s decision to invade Stalingrad: How would Hitler see a defeat at Stalingrad affecting the Russian people’s mentality and moral? Continue reading

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Comment on Katyn Forest Massacre by afoutz

I find it disgusting that people will not own up to what they have done. To me the people deserve to know what has happened to their loved ones instead of hiding behind a lie to keep up your public image. Although it was probably a smart move to remove the educated elite of Poland, Stalin should not have kept this action hidden for so many years. I’m sure the families of those executed are at some degree became more at peace when they were finally informed about their horrible end. Great and informative post. Continue reading

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