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Katyusha Rocket Launcher: World War II

The Soviet Army became something of experts in the use of battlefield rockets during World War 2. The BM-13 series (more popularly known as "Katyusha", this derived from the diminutive affectionate form of "Katya") mounting their lethal 132mm high-explosive rockets on rudimentary launch rails, proved devastating against the heart of German Army forces and became the most widely available form of the Red Army mobile launchers. Despite her 1930s [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:35:59+00:00 June 11th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

IS Tank: Soviet Army Heavy Tank World War II

The Soviet Army need for ever-more formidable tracked firepower came to the forefront after losses of much territory to the invading Germans in the summer of 1941. The stout KV (Kliment Voroshilov) heavy tank series (KV-1 and KV-2) proved adequate but only an extent for they lacked the necessary battlefield mobility of the fabled T-34 medium tank series while utilizing similar weaponry. The KV-1 was more of a tank-killer [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:51:10+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Siberia Gulag: Concentration Camps

Gulag was the acronym for the Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps. Siberia gulag prisoners could work up to 14 hours per day. Typical Siberia gulag labor was exhausting physical work. Toiling sometimes in the most extreme climates, prisoners might spend their days felling trees with handsaws and axes or digging at frozen ground with primitive pickaxes. Others mined coal or copper by hand, often suffering painful and fatal lung [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:52:11+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , |1 Comment

Lydia Litvyak: World War II Female Soviet Fighter Pilot

Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak, also known as Lily Litvak, was born in Moscow, Russia. At age 14, she entered a club of flight enthusiasts, and by 15 she was piloting small aircraft. In the late 1930s, she earned a flight instructor license. After Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Litvyak attempted to join a military aviation unit, but was initially turned down for lack of experience; she forged her records by [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:57:30+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Soviet Girl: Roza Shanina WW 2 Deadly Sniper

Soviet girl, Roza Georgiyevna Shanina was born in the village of Yedma, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia to longer Georgiy Mikhailovich Shanin and milkmaid Anna Alexeyevna Shanina. After completing elementary school in Yedma, soviet girl Shanina studied at a middle school at the nearby village of Bereznik. In 1938, she walked 200 kilometers (120 miles) to the city of Arkhangelsk, Russia to continue her education. In the same year, she joined All-Union [...]

By | 2017-10-30T08:02:29+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Nuclear War: Vasili Arkhipov The Man who Prevented Nuclear War

Have you ever heard of Vasili Arkhipov? Most probably, you haven’t. Yet, this man stopped a nuclear war in 1962 and changed the course of history. Keeping your cool, or rather, keeping a stable mind is best during wartime. It’s even the best option at times of peace. Let’s face it, a level head is best in all situations. It’s safe to say that many of us are alive today [...]

By | 2017-10-30T08:42:58+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Single Engine Fighter Yakovlev Yak-9

In late 1942 service experience of the Single Engine, Yak-7 led to the call for increased fighter range. Thus a Yak-7B was modified with the provision for only one UBS machine gun and the addition of metal wing spars. Extended capacity fuel tanks were fitted into the larger volume of the inner wing. Furthermore, the rear fuselage fairing was removed and the aircraft was fitted with a bubble-top canopy [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:22:09+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: The Katyn Museum and Massacre

Following the Soviet invasion of eastern Poland in 1939 in cooperation with the Nazi invasion of Poland, a large number of Polish prisoners fell into Soviet hands. Poles were considered by the Soviets to be implacable enemies of communism and of Russian national aspirations. Joseph Stalin had a particularly intense hatred of Poles following the Soviet defeat in the Polish-Soviet War of 1919–20. Soviet policy toward prisoners of war [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:26:22+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Soviet-Afghan War: The Taking of Hill 3234

If the Soviet-Afghan War was the Soviet Union’s Vietnam, then the famous battle for the Hill 3234 was their own FSB Ripcord. The notorious hill, named for its altitude of 3234 meters, became one of the most glorious symbols of the Soviet war effort. The potential of the successful defense by a small detachment of elite paratroopers against a numerically superior enemy was used in post-war propaganda to present the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:31:51+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: Russian ww2 Tanks T-26

ww2 Tanks such as T-26 light tanks were developed by the OKMO of Bolshevik Factory in Leningrad, Russia based on the British firm Vickers-Armstrongs' Mk.E 6-ton light tank design, purchased by Russia in 1930. Production began on 26 Jan 1931, and the first examples entered service on 13 Feb. As time went on in the 1930s, the T-26 design slowly grew apart from the original British design. In 1931, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:33:40+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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