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Was Stalin A Good War Chief? – Part V

Dear Readers: Today concluding my review of Diunov’s piece. Where we left off, before a little sidebar about the unfortunate General Pavlov, Diunov was ripping into Stalin for being basically AWOL and having a nervous breakdown during the first couple … Continue reading

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Was Stalin A Good War Chief? – Part IV

Dear Readers: Before continuing with my review of Diunov’s piece, I want to take a quick sidebar to skim through the biography of General Pavlov, the officer who was blamed for the Soviet Union’s initial defeats in the Great Patriotic … Continue reading

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Was Stalin A Good War Chief? – Part III

Корейки не было. Вместо него на великого комбинатора смотрела потрясающая харя со стеклянными водолазными очами и резиновым хоботом, в конце которого болтался жестяной цилиндр цвета хаки. Остап так удивился, что даже подпрыгнул. [….] — Товарищ! Вы отравлены! — Кто отравлен? — закричал Остап, … Continue reading

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Was Stalin A Good War Chief? – Part II

Marat: Vous avez chacun votre dada; vous, Danton, la Prusse; vous, Robespierre, la Vendée. Je vais préciser, moi aussi. Vous ne voyez pas le vrai péril ; le voici: les cafés et les tripots. [“You each have your own bogeyman: … Continue reading

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Was Stalin A Good War Chief? – Part I

Dear Readers: Our previous Voroshilov vs Tukhachevsky series segues seamlessly to this story, which I have been holding onto for a couple of months as possible blogpost in the “Russian History” category. Fortunately, it’s not time-sensitive, it’s a historical piece … Continue reading

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Voroshilov versus Tukhachevsky – Part X

“If a tree falls in the forest and no person is there to witness it, then it didn’t actually fall.” Bishop Berkeley “If the tree falls and somebody is there to witness it, but that person is later liquidated, then … Continue reading

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Voroshilov versus Tukhachevsky – Part IX

O Fortunavelut lunastatu variabilis,semper crescisaut decrescis;vita detestabilisnunc obduratet tunc curatludo mentis aciem,egestatem,potestatemdissolvit ut glaciem. [from Carmina Burana] Dear Readers: Continuing with the Voroshilov/Tukh catfight, based on this Russian documentary film. Where we left off: We saw the Wheel of Fortune … Continue reading

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Voroshilov versus Tukhachevsky – Part VIII

Dear Readers: Where we left off in our recap of this documentary film: We saw Tukhachevsky make a (principled) power-play against his boss, Klim Voroshilov. If this were the modern era, it would have been an email flame-war; back in … Continue reading

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Voroshilov versus Tukhachevsky – Part VI

Dear Readers: Continuing to recap this movie about Voroshilov vs Tukhachevsky. But first some possible errata from yesterday’s post. I had the “brown-haired historian” (real name = Ilya Ratkovsky) saying something like 120,000 Red Army soldiers were taken prisoner by … Continue reading

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Voroshilov versus Tukhachevsky – Part V

The noble BrutusHath told you Caesar was ambitious:If it were so, it was a grievous fault… (Shakespeare) Dear Readers: The Old World Order does not care for actual Revolutions. I mean, real ones. Ones that overturn the social order and … Continue reading

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