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Happy Europe Day too while we're at it :grin2:
 

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Too bad Putin is shamelessly abusing this, but the Soviet war effort was monumental and regardless of everything, should NEVER be forgotten.

In that spirit:
 

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Hitler thought that Soviet army is not so great, because the Finns managed to hold them off for such a long time. He was baffled when he realized how much tanks Stalin had built during the interwar period.

 

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What's interesting is that if you e.g. look at the breakdown of men who fought against the Soviet Union at the Battle of Stalingrad you'll find out that a majority of them were not Germans:

220,000 Italians, 200,000 Hungarians, 140,000 Romanians, 20-50,000 volunteers from various nations plus 5,000 Croatians compared to 400,000 Germans.

And actually the Soviets would often target those presumably weaker non-German sections.
 

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What's interesting is that if you e.g. look at the breakdown of men who fought against the Soviet Union at the Battle of Stalingrad you'll find out that a majority of them were not Germans:
Just like those poor men fighting in -40 C temperatures against Finland were some Uzbek and Tajik guys that saw the snow for the first time.
 
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preach, both soviet and american toddlers would not have had a space program back then to begin with. :lol:
 
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