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  1. ko) rence, Italy. LuisaViaRoma CR Runway
  2. they look ridiculous. I know it's comfort clothes but still, even comfort clothes shouldn't be so ill-fitting
  3. She's really underrated- I think of her as being a stunning vampire
  4. A world class attack- the "Soviet Blitzkrieg of 1944 and 1945" (which would be in the minority of Soviet attacks- the majority were more like the above) would involve weeks of careful planning and reconnaissance, aided by Soviet special forces and the Soviet air force. There would be considerable logistical planning- designed to sustain attacking armies for weeks and to supply them hundreds of KM into the enemy's rear area. Ammunition and supplies would also be hoarded while starving those in the field for weeks. The fate of the operation would be decided by Soviet veteran troops with the best combat morale, leadership, equipment, and training (Soviet Tank Armies, Guards Tank Corps, Guards Mechanized Corps, Guards Airborne Corps, Guards Rifle Corps, Artillery Corps, etc.). For weeks they would also conduct suitable unit training and maneuvers. The net effect of this preparation would be starkly different: Instead of struggling for months, the German front would be breached within 24-72 hours by firepower that turns the frontline into the surface of the moon (thousands of barrels firing), massed air assault by medium bombers and ground-attack aircraft, and a massed infantry attack supported by armored vehicles. German counterattack reserves would be unable to challenge this and there would be a fighting retreat. And this is only phase 1- the soviet armored forces would mass in the breach and launch a deep drive into the German rear, advancing as far as possible . The German frontline would experience disintegration and there would be a general fighting retreat that would last until Soviet logistics wear out- either tens or hundreds of KMs behind the original frontline.
  5. To further illustrate an example of a common and poor quality soviet attack: eg. The Soviet assault divisions, prior to a week's attack, would get railway shipments filled with personnel with basic training or even with varying degrees of training (up to no training at all!). There would also be shipments of tanks and other armored vehicles. The assault battalions would get refilled with all these personnel. Then, without much or any unit or specialized training at all (this type of training takes weeks or months), they get ordered to "go over the top". The Soviet unit leaders would be under regulation to not deviate from their precise orders- which were generally of the advance to point/hill XXX and achieve "victory at any cost" . Officers and men who betray their orders are to be relieved or even arrested. While their shipment of personnel and equipment is impressive- their shipment of ammunition is decidedly not with only 2-3 refills of ammo available. This means that assault forces cannot halt and straddle German defenses with firepower. They HAVE to advance sharply and kill them in close combat. After a brief, 15 minute artillery barrage that does little, the assault battalions would go over the top and advance full-frontally into the teeth of German defenses, taking maximum casualties from well-organized defensive strongpoints. The Soviets would advance as far as humanly possible and stop only when their units were so decimated that they couldn't advance any more. The casualty bill would be something like 5,000 Soviets cut down to cut down 1,000 Germans to advance marginally (1 KM or more of ground taken). Meanwhile, fresh reserves are shipped in again to refill Soviet assault divisions...rinse repeat!!!
  6. Hmmph, this wasn't what I meant. Over three million red army troops surrendered in 1941, and vast numbers also surrendered in 1942. Millions of Red Army troops surrendered- far more Reds surrendered than French in 1940!. The Red Army's "fanaticism" was largely held by the brutality of their internal police (NKVD, commissars, etc.), ruthless combat doctrine/culture and rigidity to orders. The reliability of Red army troops varied greatly because they were multi-racial and multi-cultural in composition. Red troops ranged from disloyal (non-Slavs, Ukrainians, etc.) to fanatically loyal (Slavs who were communist party members, etc.). The military culture was designed to put everybody in line and handed out brutal punishments to those who deviated (summary execution, or being sent to penal battalions). Their army reminds me of the Orcs in Lord of the Rings...- literally they were far more brutal than western armies. Being a totalitarian state- their practices were not subject to public criticism/pressure like in the Western Democracies and Soviet officers treated their infantry like they were forms of ammunition. As the Red Army moved West, they impressed countless people from other countries into the infantry, like Ukrainians. The Red army probably processed over 40 million casualties in WW2 (including well over 15 million dead ). Unlike US/UK forces which had more uniformity- their army had very dramatic variation in its qualities. They ranged from horse-drawn rifle corps to Tank Armies & Artillery Corps with extreme combat power. Thorough the war, their generals launched low reward offensives and attacks constantly on the Eastern Front- literally throwing millions of lives away with little gain on the battlefield. Yet, at the same time, they launched some of the most powerful and sophisticated offensives of the war. The variation even existed on the operational level- from poor quality to world-class.
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