This article is a copy of Viktor Suvorov’s sequel to “Ice Breaker”. As such there is nothing new that Mr Wear is giving us here.
Interestingly enough, apart from some details which I will cover here, as far as I can see, most of the information is factually correct.
Communist Russia was a brutal regime.
People did get sent to Gulags, often for the most minor of reasons.
Millions died in the Ukraine due to the collectivization of Soviet agriculture.
No where in my article am I going to give support to one of the most brutal regimes in modern history.
Saying that…historical fact is historical fact. Mr Wear seems to be distorting that facts in order to paint the USSR in a far worse light than his beloved Nazi Germany. We also get to see some of Mr Wear’s generally well hidden anti Antisemitism.
“Genrikh Yagoda,” the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th Century, the GPU’s deputy commander and the founder and commander of the NKVD. Yagoda diligently implemented Stalin’s collectivization orders and is responsible for the deaths of at least 10 million people. His Jewish deputies established and managed the Gulag system.
…but of course, those Jews did it! Yagoda was the ONLY Jew in any position of power in 1932. He was acting under orders from Stalin. Mr Wear tells us what happens to those who don’t do as Mr Stalin says. Jews in general. did not control the Gulag system either. No doubt some were in control of camps, but Mr Wear gives us no idea of how many.
…this series of articles will explore the staggering scale of preparations by the Soviet Union from 1927 to create the greatest offensive army ever known.
The aims of the Soviet Union in 1927 was NOT to produce the greatest offensive army in the world. The aims was to create a modern industrial and agricultural nation…whatever the human cost.
Industrialization and Collectivization of the Soviet Economy
The Soviet Union adopted a Five Year Plan in 1927 for developing industry. The main focus of the first Five Year Plan was not the production of arms, but rather the creation of an industrial base which was later used to produce armaments.
Indeed…and Soviet industry switched its industry to mainly armaments production after the German invasion in 1941.
The military emphasis was not so noticeable in these first five years.
The second Five Year Plan that began in 1932 in the Soviet Union was a continuation of the development of the industrial base. This meant the creation and purchase of furnaces, giant electricity plants, coal mines, factories, and machinery and equipment. In the early 1930s, American engineers traveled to the Soviet Union and built the largest and most powerful enterprise in the entire world—Uralvagonzavod (the Ural Railroad Car Factory). Uralvagonzavod was built in such a manner that it could at any moment switch from producing railroad cars to producing tanks.
Yep. The Soviets also started to increase arms production from 1933 after the Nazis had come to power. Stalin knew that there would be a struggle in the future.
In 1941, an order was issued to produce tanks,…
Why would that be? Could it be the German invasion of the USSR in June 1941?
Uralvagonzavod produced 35,000 T-34 tanks and other weapons during World War II.
…and was one of the reasons why the USSR eventually defeated Nazi Germany in 1945.
The third Five Year Plan that began in 1937 had as its goal the production of military weapons of very high quality in enormous quantities.
As a response to German armaments production which had commenced in earnest from 1933. Neither, in the mid 1930s were Soviet weapons of high quality. Tanks with no radios, etc etc etc.
The Chelyabinsk tractor factory was called Tankograd during the course of the war. It built not only the medium T-34 tanks, but also the heavy IS and KV tank classes.
Very few KV1 tanks were built before 1941. T34 tanks were seen on the front line in small numbers…usually isolated tanks. IS tanks were a late production…around 1945.
A third gigantic factory, Uralmash, was built not far away in Sverdlovsk. This factory is among the top 10 engineering factories in the world. The Soviet net of steel-casting factories was greatly expanded in order to supply these three giant factories in the Urals. Magnitogorsk, a city of metallurgists, was built in addition to a huge plant the main output of which was steel armor. In Stalingrad, a tractor factory was also built that in reality was primarily for producing tanks. Automobile, motor, aviation, and artillery factories were also erected at the same time.
So the Soviets had a lot of factories….I fail to see Mr Wear’s point here.
The most powerful aviation factory in the world was built in the Russian Far East. The city Komsomolsk-na-Amure was built in order to service this factory. Both the factory and the city were built according to American designs and furnished with the most modern American equipment. The American engineers sent to Komsomolsk to install the equipment were astounded by the scope of the construction.
One secret of Soviet success in building its military was the use of terror to control the Soviet population. Communists shut down the borders of the Soviet Union, making it impossible to leave the country. Secret police also unleashed a fight against “saboteurs.” Any accident, breakage, or lack of success in a production line was declared to be the result of an evil plot. The guilty and innocent alike were sentenced to long prison terms. Those who were named “malevolent saboteurs” were executed.
In fact, I don’t see any point to the rest of Mr Wear’s article. There is nothing there that is new.
Stalin was a monster.
Communism was brutal.
End of story.