History UsefulNotes / RedsWithRockets

14th Jul '17 9:52:42 AM TabooViper
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Broadly, the Soviets focused on fighting simple and fighting smart - using simple and easy to maintain weapons, focusing on logistics, planning, and leadership. The Soviets would work out the broad strokes of campaigns months and years in advance, giving them solid guidelines for further planning or even improvisation right off the bat. While the use of Deception was practically a mandatory requirement of all planning, they still tended towards ([[BoringButPractical simplicity in order to minimise the number of things that could go wrong]].

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Broadly, the Soviets focused on fighting simple and fighting smart - using simple and easy to maintain weapons, focusing on logistics, planning, and leadership. The Soviets would work out the broad strokes of campaigns months and years in advance, giving them solid guidelines for further planning or even improvisation right off the bat. While the use of Deception was practically a mandatory requirement of all planning, they still tended towards ([[BoringButPractical [[BoringButPractical simplicity in order to minimise the number of things that could go wrong]].
9th Jul '17 8:45:49 AM nombretomado
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The numbers are also impressive, and it's easy to see why NATO was so obsessed with countering them - even if they did it in completely the wrong way. In 1979 the Soviet Union had more than ''twice'' as many [=MiG-21=] fighters than the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm's]] combat aircraft combined. Despite the relative poverty of her country and simplicity of her weapons, everyone agrees that the Red Army was still vastly superior to the dreadful armies fielded by the Russian Empire as part of the Entente in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne - for though the Tsar's armies had only been slightly less well-equipped than those of the Allies, her army had still been organized on 19th century lines and logistics, planning, and leadership were alternately neglected and screwed over by a chain of command which never made it clear who exactly was in charge of what and whom[[note]] leading to supply-hoarding, reinforcement-hoarding, and inter-army rivalry to the detriment of the overall war effort. This is because the Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery remained completely separate forces that did not work together AT ALL, and the Ministry Of War and the General Staff did not co-operate on running the war effort either... not to mention the critical imbalance of work-loads between the ranks, with some ranks being impossibly overworked (even in peacetime!) and others having almost no work to do at all [[/note]]. This is largely because the Red Army that emerged from the Russian Civil War was reformed (having been forged out of the shattered remnants of the Tsar's armies) specifically to counter The Whites' unreformed forces by being the pinnacle of a well-organized and efficient military force[[note]] The Soviets took "military science" extremely seriously, to the point that it was the only academic field in the country which was never censored ''at all''. "Never", that is, with the exception of Stalin's purge of the Red Army itself in 1937-39. Though the purge only removed some 4-8% of the total officer corps, the best and most able commanders and thinkers (chiefly Tukhachevsky) were killed/imprisoned in disproportionately high numbers. [[/note]].

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The numbers are also impressive, and it's easy to see why NATO was so obsessed with countering them - even if they did it in completely the wrong way. In 1979 the Soviet Union had more than ''twice'' as many [=MiG-21=] fighters than the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm's]] combat aircraft combined. Despite the relative poverty of her country and simplicity of her weapons, everyone agrees that the Red Army was still vastly superior to the dreadful armies fielded by the Russian Empire as part of the Entente in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI - for though the Tsar's armies had only been slightly less well-equipped than those of the Allies, her army had still been organized on 19th century lines and logistics, planning, and leadership were alternately neglected and screwed over by a chain of command which never made it clear who exactly was in charge of what and whom[[note]] leading to supply-hoarding, reinforcement-hoarding, and inter-army rivalry to the detriment of the overall war effort. This is because the Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery remained completely separate forces that did not work together AT ALL, and the Ministry Of War and the General Staff did not co-operate on running the war effort either... not to mention the critical imbalance of work-loads between the ranks, with some ranks being impossibly overworked (even in peacetime!) and others having almost no work to do at all [[/note]]. This is largely because the Red Army that emerged from the Russian Civil War was reformed (having been forged out of the shattered remnants of the Tsar's armies) specifically to counter The Whites' unreformed forces by being the pinnacle of a well-organized and efficient military force[[note]] The Soviets took "military science" extremely seriously, to the point that it was the only academic field in the country which was never censored ''at all''. "Never", that is, with the exception of Stalin's purge of the Red Army itself in 1937-39. Though the purge only removed some 4-8% of the total officer corps, the best and most able commanders and thinkers (chiefly Tukhachevsky) were killed/imprisoned in disproportionately high numbers. [[/note]].



* [[http://world.guns.ru/smg/smg02-e.htm PPSh-41]] - or, among other names, the "Pah-Pah-Shah" (due to that being the spelling in Russian). It's known for its massive drum magazine which was copied from a Finnish model and could carry 71 rounds (although the gun could make use of 35-round box magazines as well). Developed during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo to replace [[http://world.guns.ru/smg/smg01-e.htm PPD-40]] submachine gun with something better suited for mass production (like [[http://world.guns.ru/smg/smg32-e.htm Grease gun]] vs. Tommy Gun) and around 6 million were produced. It proved to be very popular with Soviet soldiers despite some drawbacks, such as its length, weight and outdated wooden furniture with rifle grip. Also saw action in the hands of Chinese troops in the Korean conflict (aka "burp gun").
** If you're played a UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo game involving the Red Army (but '''not''' ''{{Battlefield 1942}}''), you will almost certainly have "fired" this at some point.

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* [[http://world.guns.ru/smg/smg02-e.htm PPSh-41]] - or, among other names, the "Pah-Pah-Shah" (due to that being the spelling in Russian). It's known for its massive drum magazine which was copied from a Finnish model and could carry 71 rounds (although the gun could make use of 35-round box magazines as well). Developed during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII to replace [[http://world.guns.ru/smg/smg01-e.htm PPD-40]] submachine gun with something better suited for mass production (like [[http://world.guns.ru/smg/smg32-e.htm Grease gun]] vs. Tommy Gun) and around 6 million were produced. It proved to be very popular with Soviet soldiers despite some drawbacks, such as its length, weight and outdated wooden furniture with rifle grip. Also saw action in the hands of Chinese troops in the Korean conflict (aka "burp gun").
** If you're played a UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII game involving the Red Army (but '''not''' ''{{Battlefield 1942}}''), you will almost certainly have "fired" this at some point.



Without mirror-imaging, the Soviet Unionís military is much different than the stereotypical Red [[WeHaveReserves Horde]] it was often depicted as during WorldWarTwo and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.

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Without mirror-imaging, the Soviet Unionís military is much different than the stereotypical Red [[WeHaveReserves Horde]] it was often depicted as during WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
18th Jun '17 8:01:30 PM GrammarNavi
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-->-- '''"Let's Go"''', a marching song written after UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo

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-->-- '''"Let's Go"''', a marching song written after UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo
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The Soviet Union was really into military parades and flypasts- Moscow's airspace is barred from access totally except for them, frequently having nuclear-capable missiles going through Red Square on events like Victory Day (9 May - the end of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar in Europe for Eastern Europe due to time zone differences). This tradition of parading hardware, which allowed Western analysts to look at new Soviet tech (although the Soviets didn't say what stuff was called), was discontinued in 1991, but resumed with [[UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets the Russian military]] in 2008.

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The Soviet Union was really into military parades and flypasts- Moscow's airspace is barred from access totally except for them, frequently having nuclear-capable missiles going through Red Square on events like Victory Day (9 May - the end of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Great Patriotic War]] in Europe for Eastern Europe due to time zone differences). This tradition of parading hardware, which allowed Western analysts to look at new Soviet tech (although the Soviets didn't say what stuff was called), was discontinued in 1991, but resumed with [[UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets the Russian military]] in 2008.



* Order of Victory - Only 20 of these made. Awarded to the top Soviet generals of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar, as well as to Stalin and some foreign leaders. Contains 174 diamonds and is worth a lot without the historical value of it.[[note]][[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower General Eisenhower]]'s Order of Victory star had been studded with fake diamonds.[[/note]]

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* Order of Victory - Only 20 of these made. Awarded to the top Soviet generals of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Great Patriotic War]], as well as to Stalin and some foreign leaders. Contains 174 diamonds and is worth a lot without the historical value of it.[[note]][[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower General Eisenhower]]'s Order of Victory star had been studded with fake diamonds.[[/note]]



* Marshal of the Soviet Union '''Georgy Zhukov:''' Major player in the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar, he got the Hero of the Soviet Union medal four times (the only person to have done so legitimately), and [[ChestOfMedals is said to be Russian history's most decorated officer]]. He is popularly believed to have arrested Lavrentiy Beria, who was chief of the NKVD under Stalin and one of the top figures in the Soviet hierarchy after Stalin's death. Contrary to what Aussies believe, Zhukov was the first man to defeat Imperial Japan in battle (Khalkhin Gol encirclement operation, 1939), and he did it with the neglected, ill-equipped Mongolian and eastern Soviet forces (whom he had nothing but admiration for). He was responsible for the Soviet offensive operation at Smolensk in July 1941, which forced the Germans onto the defensive and ended their (hopelessly optimistic) plan to occupy Moscow by the end of the month. In his time he was a highly underrated general among the Allies, and was actually seen by Eisenhower (the man who commanded Montgomery and Patton) as the finest general the Allied forces had to offer. Tactically he was only passably competent, and some such as Anthony Beevor have actually maintained that he was ''incompetent'' in this role, but it is hard to question that his planning and conduct of operations and his grasp of strategy was anything less than inspired. His 'style' was [[OccamsRazor blunt and callous, but undeniably effective]] - like the man himself. Zhukov himself would have been very quick to point out the greater importance of his subordinates and colleagues (Vasilevsky, Rokossovsky, Vatutin, etcetc), rather than analysing his own role in isolation.
* Marshal of the Soviet Union '''Ivan Koniev:''' Excellent operational commander of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar, though his grasp of strategy was much shakier. Zhukov never doubted his abilities, but constantly derided what he saw as Koniev sucking up to Stalin. This has some basis in fact, given that Stalin really did go out of his way to drive the two apart - one classic example being in the operation to reduce the Korsun pocket in Western Ukraine, early 1944. Although Stalin had pressured Zhukov into throwing his men into the assault, when his forces stalled he had Koniev's men take over and gave them ''all'' the credit.

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* Marshal of the Soviet Union '''Georgy Zhukov:''' Major player in the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Great Patriotic War]], he got the Hero of the Soviet Union medal four times (the only person to have done so legitimately), and [[ChestOfMedals is said to be Russian history's most decorated officer]]. He is popularly believed to have arrested Lavrentiy Beria, who was chief of the NKVD under Stalin and one of the top figures in the Soviet hierarchy after Stalin's death. Contrary to what Aussies believe, Zhukov was the first man to defeat Imperial Japan in battle (Khalkhin Gol encirclement operation, 1939), and he did it with the neglected, ill-equipped Mongolian and eastern Soviet forces (whom he had nothing but admiration for). He was responsible for the Soviet offensive operation at Smolensk in July 1941, which forced the Germans onto the defensive and ended their (hopelessly optimistic) plan to occupy Moscow by the end of the month. In his time he was a highly underrated general among the Allies, and was actually seen by Eisenhower (the man who commanded Montgomery and Patton) as the finest general the Allied forces had to offer. Tactically he was only passably competent, and some such as Anthony Beevor have actually maintained that he was ''incompetent'' in this role, but it is hard to question that his planning and conduct of operations and his grasp of strategy was anything less than inspired. His 'style' was [[OccamsRazor blunt and callous, but undeniably effective]] - like the man himself. Zhukov himself would have been very quick to point out the greater importance of his subordinates and colleagues (Vasilevsky, Rokossovsky, Vatutin, etcetc), rather than analysing his own role in isolation.
* Marshal of the Soviet Union '''Ivan Koniev:''' Excellent operational commander of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Great Patriotic War]], though his grasp of strategy was much shakier. Zhukov never doubted his abilities, but constantly derided what he saw as Koniev sucking up to Stalin. This has some basis in fact, given that Stalin really did go out of his way to drive the two apart - one classic example being in the operation to reduce the Korsun pocket in Western Ukraine, early 1944. Although Stalin had pressured Zhukov into throwing his men into the assault, when his forces stalled he had Koniev's men take over and gave them ''all'' the credit.



* Marshal of the Soviet Union '''Vasily Ivanovich Chuikov:''' truly outstanding tactician of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar and one of the top-ten most important Soviet commanders of the entire war. Before the war he was a Lieutenant general posted to aid UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek in the Chinese struggle against UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, where he oversaw some training and reform of Chinese military forces with Soviet material and technical asssistance. Recalled to the USSR after the German invasion, he was given an Army and ordered to hold the city of Stalingrad itself while Vatutin & co. ruthlessly counter-attacked the German flanks. Zhukov later criticised him for neglecting to mention that his force was less than a third of the force actually holding the Germans up at Stalingrad. Chuikov was assigned to assault various heavily-fortified positions and cities throughout the war, with his post-Stalingrad forces experiencing a more than 100% turnover in the following years. He personally accepted the surrender of the forces defending Berlin. The USA had the theoretical framework in place to understand the significance of his (tactical) service, making him the only Soviet citizen ever to have ever received the second highest decoration in the United States military: the Distinguished Service Cross.

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* Marshal of the Soviet Union '''Vasily Ivanovich Chuikov:''' truly outstanding tactician of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Great Patriotic War]] and one of the top-ten most important Soviet commanders of the entire war. Before the war he was a Lieutenant general posted to aid UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek in the Chinese struggle against UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, where he oversaw some training and reform of Chinese military forces with Soviet material and technical asssistance. Recalled to the USSR after the German invasion, he was given an Army and ordered to hold the city of Stalingrad itself while Vatutin & co. ruthlessly counter-attacked the German flanks. Zhukov later criticised him for neglecting to mention that his force was less than a third of the force actually holding the Germans up at Stalingrad. Chuikov was assigned to assault various heavily-fortified positions and cities throughout the war, with his post-Stalingrad forces experiencing a more than 100% turnover in the following years. He personally accepted the surrender of the forces defending Berlin. The USA had the theoretical framework in place to understand the significance of his (tactical) service, making him the only Soviet citizen ever to have ever received the second highest decoration in the United States military: the Distinguished Service Cross.
7th Apr '17 2:41:10 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Lieutenant-Colonel '''Stanislav Petrov''', who in 1983 was an officer with the missile warning people; the Soviet early warning satellite system picked up a launch (in reality it wasn't actually a launch, but sunlight being reflected off of high attitude clouds) and because he was aware of this and the circumstances (the US, if it were launching a pre-emptive strike, wouldn't just launch 5 missiles from silos in North Dakota, but would probably go all out) he decided to wait a bit before to alert his superiors. He may have prevented a civilization-shattering nuclear exchange; however, he was initially never rewarded nor punished for his actions. The fact that the early-warning system had malfunctioned in such a fashion would have been a great embarrassment to several Soviet politicians and scientists, so Petrov was just quietly transferred to another, less important post, and his story wasn't publicly told until after the fall of the USSR. He has since been awarded by the UN and other humanitarian organizations for his actions, though he humbly insists that he was simply doing his job.

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* Lieutenant-Colonel '''Stanislav Petrov''', who in 1983 was an officer with the missile warning people; the Soviet early warning satellite system picked up a launch (in reality it wasn't actually a launch, but sunlight being reflected off of high attitude clouds) and because he was aware of this and the circumstances (the US, if it were launching a pre-emptive strike, wouldn't just launch 5 missiles from silos in North Dakota, but would probably go all out) he decided to wait a bit before to alert his superiors. He may have prevented a civilization-shattering nuclear exchange; however, he was initially never rewarded nor punished for his actions. The Though Petrov found himself HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee afterwards, the committee's conclusion was that he had acted sensibly and properly in the situation, but the fact that the early-warning system had malfunctioned in such a fashion would have been a great embarrassment to several Soviet politicians and scientists, so Petrov he was ultimately just quietly transferred to another, less important post, and his story wasn't publicly told until after the fall of the USSR. He has since been awarded by the UN and other humanitarian organizations for his actions, though he humbly insists that he was simply doing his job.
26th Mar '17 3:09:53 PM nombretomado
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* The MoreDakka design philosophy continued with the Kalashnikov family. As stated above, [=AKs=] are extremely reliable and easy to obtain, but the stereotype also holds that they struggle to match TheOnion in accuracy. In reality, the AK-pattern rifles have always reached a fair standard of accuracy. The AKM has an official effective range of 350M[[note]] This is actually rather average for assault rifles[[note]], which is long enough to cover just about any distance encountered in typical infantry small arms engagements. onward had accuracy comparable to and in certain conditions better than[[note]]The AK-74, for example, has a standard effective range of 625 meters, but can have an area target capability of up to 1,000 meters with sight adjustments. The M16 has a standard effective range of around 550-600m, with an area target range of about 800-1,000 meters depending on the configuration.[[/note]] most NATO assault rifles, with the inaccuracy problem referring mostly to the early AK-47 line and its foreign derivatives. Since the early models are usually what people think of when someone mentions "Kalashnikovs," expect armchair experts to constantly state that ''all'' [=AKs=] are inaccurate. Moreover, as reliable as they may be, even AK rifles need be properly maintained and fed with decent quality ammunition to reach their full potential. Much of the AK's reputation for inaccuracy comes from the shoddy manufacturing standards observed in AKs not constructed in Russia and without licensing from Kalashnikov Concern.

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* The MoreDakka design philosophy continued with the Kalashnikov family. As stated above, [=AKs=] are extremely reliable and easy to obtain, but the stereotype also holds that they struggle to match TheOnion ''Website/TheOnion'' in accuracy. In reality, the AK-pattern rifles have always reached a fair standard of accuracy. The AKM has an official effective range of 350M[[note]] This is actually rather average for assault rifles[[note]], which is long enough to cover just about any distance encountered in typical infantry small arms engagements. onward had accuracy comparable to and in certain conditions better than[[note]]The AK-74, for example, has a standard effective range of 625 meters, but can have an area target capability of up to 1,000 meters with sight adjustments. The M16 has a standard effective range of around 550-600m, with an area target range of about 800-1,000 meters depending on the configuration.[[/note]] most NATO assault rifles, with the inaccuracy problem referring mostly to the early AK-47 line and its foreign derivatives. Since the early models are usually what people think of when someone mentions "Kalashnikovs," expect armchair experts to constantly state that ''all'' [=AKs=] are inaccurate. Moreover, as reliable as they may be, even AK rifles need be properly maintained and fed with decent quality ammunition to reach their full potential. Much of the AK's reputation for inaccuracy comes from the shoddy manufacturing standards observed in AKs not constructed in Russia and without licensing from Kalashnikov Concern.
28th Jan '17 8:34:45 PM Synthesis
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** Most Soviet AK rifles aren't Russian. Most of them were locally-produced variants with different names but no functional (and only very minor cosmetic) differences.

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** Most Soviet AK Kalashnikov rifles aren't Russian. Most of them were locally-produced variants with different names but no functional (and only very minor cosmetic) differences.
20th Nov '16 12:50:20 AM Alceister
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* Soviet Navy (name in Russian, Voyenno-morskoy flot SSSR - Naval-Military Forces of the USSR) AKA The Red Fleet - The people with the many submarines and ships and many nuclear weapons that went with them, including four VTOL aircraft carriers with Yak-38 "Forger". Acquired a full-size carrier before the end of the USSR. A second ended up unfinished and sold to China (who appear to be using it to prepare for a carrier of their own), while another was scrapped at 40% complete. Also had the Naval Infantry, the Soviet equivalent of the Marine Corps.

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* Soviet Navy (name in Russian, Voyenno-morskoy flot SSSR - Naval-Military Forces of the USSR) AKA The Red Fleet - The people with the many submarines and ships and many nuclear weapons that went with them, including four VTOL aircraft carriers with Yak-38 "Forger". Acquired a full-size carrier before the end of the USSR. A second ended up unfinished and sold to China (who appear to be using it to prepare for a carrier of their own), while another was scrapped at 40% complete. Also had the Naval Infantry, roughly the Soviet equivalent of the Marine Corps.



** The Soviet Naval Infantry had a different mission than the U.S. Marines. They were intended as shock troops used to seize the beachheads as part of the first landing echelon and once follow-on units from the Soviet Army arrived to take over the battle they would withdraw to spearhead other additional landings. They were considered a sort of elite among the Soviet armed forces, being roughly between the USMC and its Force Recon element. They are not the equivalents of the U.S. Army Rangers. That distinction belongs to VDV below.

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** The Soviet Naval Infantry had a different mission than the U.S. Marines. They were intended as shock troops used to seize the beachheads as part of the first landing echelon and once follow-on units from the Soviet Army arrived to take over the battle they would withdraw to spearhead other additional landings. They were considered a sort of elite among the Soviet armed forces, being roughly between the USMC and its Force Recon element.battalions. They are not the equivalents of the U.S. Army Rangers. That distinction belongs to VDV below.
8th Nov '16 3:18:22 PM aurora369
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* Order of Suvorov- again for exceptional duty. Named after famous general Alexander Suvorov, responsible for the phrase "Train hard, fight easy".

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* Order of Suvorov- again for exceptional duty. Named after famous general Alexander Suvorov, responsible for the phrase "Train hard, fight easy". This is one of the so-called "leaders' orders", which are both named for famous military commanders of the past and awarded to high-ranking officers only.



* Order of Kutuzov- Named after the Marshal who chased Napoleon out of Russia. Notable because it's awarded for "neutralizing enemy tactics and counterattacking effectively." Yes, they have an award ''expressly'' for being a total awesome smart guy who beat bastards at their own games.

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* Order of Kutuzov- Named after the Marshal who chased Napoleon out of Russia. Notable because it's awarded for "neutralizing enemy tactics and counterattacking effectively." Yes, they have an award ''expressly'' for being a total awesome smart guy who beat bastards at their own games. Naturally, it's another one of the leaders' orders.
5th Nov '16 10:43:02 AM GMantis
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** "The one with the rifle shoots. The one without the rifle follows. When the one with the rifle is killed, the one that follows picks up the rifle and fires.". Yep, it's in ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates''. Zaytsev and Pavlichenko (a female Soviet sniper with a similar number of kills to Zaytsev) both used this.
*** Slightly misleading, while it was a minor problem - seriously exaggerated by 'every' relevant military organization [[note]] i.e. the Dukes of the Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery as well as the General Staff and the Ministry Of War [[/note]] to avoid the critical need to reform the military and fire numerous senior commanders - in [=WW1=] the Soviet Union in [=WW2=] generally had enough rifles. Now ammunition on the other hand...
30th Oct '16 5:36:53 AM Morgenthaler
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The female Soviet officer is cited in TheBaroness and we note also the example of Major Anya Amasova from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', although she's actually a KGB agent (and a bad FakeRussian, but let's not quibble here). When the chips were down and the Nazis were at the Gates, the women chipped in. Women flew combat (of special note are a praticularly BadAss group with the awesome name of the Night Witches) and the only two female aces in the world were both Soviet (a fact noted by an American character in ''Literature/RedStormRising'', mentally complaining that she's merely doing ferrying duty while the men were fighting, who then proceeds to become number three). 89 of them became Heroes Of The Soviet Union.

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The female Soviet officer is cited in TheBaroness and we note also the example of Major Anya Amasova from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', although she's actually a KGB agent (and a bad FakeRussian, but let's not quibble here). When the chips were down and the Nazis were at the Gates, the women chipped in. Women flew combat (of special note are a praticularly BadAss badass group with the awesome name of the Night Witches) and the only two female aces in the world were both Soviet (a fact noted by an American character in ''Literature/RedStormRising'', mentally complaining that she's merely doing ferrying duty while the men were fighting, who then proceeds to become number three). 89 of them became Heroes Of The Soviet Union.
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