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By Steven J. Zaloga, Leland S. Ness

ISBN-10: 0752454757

ISBN-13: 9780752454757

Stalin’s crimson military entered international conflict II as a comparatively untried struggling with strength. In 1941, with the release of Operation Barbarossa, it joined conflict with Hitler’s military, the main strong in heritage. After a determined warfare of attrition over 4 years, the crimson military beat the Nazis into defeat at the jap entrance and received lasting repute and glory in 1945 by means of eclipsing the army may well of the 3rd Reich. This publication starts with a overview of the ancient historical past of the pink military within the years best as much as the outbreak of battle in 1939, and follows with a dialogue of the main topics within the improvement of Soviet forces in the course of the «Great Patriotic struggle» that ensued in 1941. The pink Army’s organizational constructions are tested, from excessive command all the way down to divisional point and lower than Soviet wrestle palms and weaponry also are defined intimately.

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Their policies included reorganizations of administrative units to minimize minority population, relocation of ethnic groups and settling them in areas dominated by the majority population, discriminatory investment practices, demolition of ancient ethnic villages, selective persecution of minority churches and religious activities, and coercive change of names. Several other states of the region (Albania, East Germany, Poland, and Hungary) had only relatively small communities of national minorities and generally pursued more progressive minority policies.

32 It assumed that with the establishment of communist rule the ethnic consciousness of people will gradually recede as their new identity, that of homo sovieticus (the "New Soviet Man"), awakens and becomes their paramount source of identity. Issues of ethnicity and nationalism confronted Lenin and Stalin on a day-to-day basis and forced them to develop more pragmatic approaches tailored to political exigencies. Lenin acknowledged the power of nationalism and called for an anti-tsarist coalition of all nationalities in the Russian Empire, promising self-determination to them under Bolshevik rule.

These differences between liberal and conservative socialist states were also manifested in their minority policies. Once it was possible to depart from Soviet orthodoxy, the political orientation of states and the attributes of their national minorities rather than systemic constraints determined policy. In the conservative states (Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania) the approach to ethnic minorities had become more repressive as time went on. Their policies included reorganizations of administrative units to minimize minority population, relocation of ethnic groups and settling them in areas dominated by the majority population, discriminatory investment practices, demolition of ancient ethnic villages, selective persecution of minority churches and religious activities, and coercive change of names.

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