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Soviet Deep Battle

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 12:01 PM by bartieboy

Copyright 2007 Walter S. Zapotoczny.
From the time of Peter the Great, Russia embarked on path to increase their military strength that made it possible for it to become one of the greatest powers of the world. In the process, military doctrine evolved and changed to meet the circumstances of the day. When Peter assumed the throne in 1689, it was a thoroughly medieval dictatorship, untouched by the modernization trends in the West. Although Russia had fought sporadic wars with Poland,...
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strategic possibility of fighting on in North Africa in 1940

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 09:39 AM by bartieboy

In North Africa there were French generals who wanted to continue the war regardless of what happened in the homeland. On june 17 after listening in tears to Petain's broadcast announcing that the new government was asking for armistice, General Auguste Nogues, Resident General of Morocco and Commander-in-Chief of the North African theatre of Operations, got off a sharply worded protest to General Weygand. 'All North AFrica is consternated' he wired. ''All land, air and naval forces ask to continue...
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The number of planes in the French air force during the Battle of France

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 07:25 AM by bartieboy

General Vuillemin, the Chief of the French Air Force, later contended: our aviation hurled itself against an enemy five times superior in number. Was this true? the facts are extremely difficult to determine, no sources on either side agree on the number of planes employed. And on the French side the figures given even vary so greatly that they become a mystery which even today can no be fully pierced. Gamelin himself testified several times that he could not understand the discrepancies in them....
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The peace of Versailles

Posted November 13th, 2011 at 03:38 PM by bartieboy

I am taking this from a book I am reading called ''The collapse of the Third Republic'' by Wiliam L. Shirer.

I hope you will find this text just as fascinating as I did.

The moment of glory had come for the France of the Third Republic on November 11, 1918, when the Germans, after fighting for four years on French soil, their armies never very far away from Paris and time and again on the verge of breaking through, finally capitulated.
In the delirious rejoicing...
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Russian Army - Arms and munitions in 1914

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 03:38 PM by bartieboy

Russian army arms and munitions in 1914

according to pre war estimates made within the general staff, production of 300,000 shells per month would sustain the Russian artillery in combat this worked out to about 1.5 rounds per gun per day clearly inadequate under the conditions of the first world war, where usage ran about 80 shells per gun per day from the outset and could be as high as 700-800 shells per gun per day during an offensive.

In december 1914 the Russian...
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