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World War II: Soviet Anti-Tank Dogs

Anti-tank dogs were one of the odd products of the Soviet Union. In 1924 the Revolutionary Military Council permitted the use of dogs within the military. To assist with this a special military dog training school was founded in the Moscow Oblast. The Soviets then realized that they actually had no dog trainers so they hired a motley crew of those with experience, ranging from hunters to the circus. [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:43:06+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: Soviet Union Tank Destroyer SU 100

After the might of the German Army had pressed deep into the Soviet Union (Russia), it was stopped at the gates of Moscow by a lack of supplies and bad weather. This lull is the action allowed the Soviets to rebuild their strength and call upon fresh reserves stationed in the far east and across Siberia. The Soviet Union counter-offensive in the winter of 1941 also brought about use of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:49:00+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Yuri Gagarin First Man in Space 1961

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin First Man in Space was born on 9 March 1934 in the village of Klushino near Gzhatsk (now in Smolensk Oblast, Russia). His parents, Alexei Ivanovich Gagarin and Anna Timofeyevna Gagarina, worked on a collective farm. Yuri was the third of four children, and his elder sister helped raise him while his parents worked. After starting an apprenticeship in a metalworks as a foundryman, Gagarin was [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:08:09+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

World War II: Finland Sniper Simo Häyhä the White Death

In April of 1938, representatives from the USSR approached the Finnish government and expressed a concern that Nazi Germany could attempt to invade Russia, and such an attack might come through parts of Finland. The Finns replied that they were officially neutral, but any Nazi incursion on Finland’s borders would be resisted. This did not mollify the Soviets. Hitler’s manifesto, Mein Kampf, was published thirteen years previous with the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:49:15+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Russian K-19: Nuclear Submarine The Widowmaker

July 4 is considered to be a traditional day to commemorate the tragedy of the K-19 nuclear submarine that took place in 1961. The submarine crew managed to prevent a nuclear explosion on board the cruiser and, as a possible consequence, a third world war. Not one of the sailors, (there were 139 crew members on board at the time), received a reward from the state and the families [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:56:24+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

First Dog in Space: Laika a One Way journey on 3 November 1957

When, on 4 October 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik 1 as the world's first artificial satellite, the western world took notice. It was a 22-inch diameter sphere, weighing 190.5 pounds, that circled the Earth once aver 1 hour 35 mins. The satellite had an elliptical orbit with an apogee of 947 km, and a perigee of 228 km. It carried two transmitters, broadcasting telegraphic impulses on frequencies [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:56:56+00:00 February 11th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Science And Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Tsar Bomba: Biggest Nuclear Bomb Explosion in History

Tsar Bomba (in Russian, Царь-бомба) is the Western nickname for the Soviet RDS-220 (РДС-220) hydrogen bomb (code name Vanya). Detonated by the Soviet Union on October 30, 1961, Tsar Bomba is the largest nuclear device ever detonated and the most powerful man-made explosion in history. With a yield of 50 megatons of TNT, Tsar Bomba was the culmination of a number of hydrogen bomb tests conducted throughout this time [...]

By | 2017-10-30T11:01:53+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , |0 Comments

Russian Attack Helicopter: Mil Mi-24 Hind

The famous Mil Mi-24 Hind helicopter stemmed from a Soviet Cold-War requirement for a heavily armed and armored transport helicopter following in the mold of the equally famous American Bell UH-1 "Huey" model. American activity in the Vietnam War considering their helicopter usage directly influenced the form and function of the Soviet design, developing one of the most iconic aircraft of its time. The type went on to see [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:12:42+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: Il-2 Sturmovik Ground Attack Aircraft

When the Nazi Army attacked the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, the Soviet government was thrown into confusion and disbelief; they had not anticipated or actively prepared for this act. At the time of the attack, the Soviet Air Force was undergoing a major modernization program to upgrade its capabilities with a variety of new warplanes. But delivery and integration of these new aircraft into the Air Force [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:28:41+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: The Soviet Tank KV-1

A day after the German blitzkrieg into the Soviet Union in June 1941, more than 200 Nazi tanks were powering through Lithuania on a race northward to Leningrad. The Luftwaffe knocked out the Soviets’ nearby air bases, leaving counter-attacking armored columns easy prey for German bombers. Desperate to staunch the bleeding, on June 23 the Red Army sprang its KV-1 and KV-2 tanks — which at the time packed [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:39:24+00:00 January 14th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, World War II|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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