Connat wrote:Kunikov wrote:
The 'truth' is already known. There is more than enough evidence to show what the Soviet Union was capable of in 1941. Those who believe a certain archive(s) will release a 'smoking gun' that will validate what the likes of Rezun advocate are living a fantasy.
In order to prepare an attack, you do not need to have a good army, you only need to believe that you have good and prepared army.
This is not an abstract argument, Stalin believed neither of those things.
Connat wrote:Hitler attacked USSR with obsolete weapons, and with horse drawn transport. Was he prepared? No, because he lost.
Connat wrote:Did he believe that he would win in 1941? Yes.
You're going off on tangents, show the correlation between Hitler's belief he would win the war against the USSR, and for which he began to plan a year before the invasion, to Stalin doing the same, if you're going to use such a comparison.
Connat wrote:Perceptions are important.
Facts, more so.
Connat wrote:To the question why RKKA was beaten in 1941, one can view also Mark Solonin's books (main thesis of M.S-Vast majority of RKKA soldiers did not want to fight for the "loved" regime. However Hitler with his stupid racial policy proved to them that there are far worse things than communism). Of course, other factors (like the purges that probably had negative effect on RKKA) should also be considered.
Solonin's already been shown to be about as believable as Suvorov, no thanks.