williamjpellas wrote: ↑
30 Sep 2018 07:01
I have long thought that Soviet military and government archives are a much-underutilized historical resource. A few Western historians---notably David Glantz and Rainer Karlsch---have gotten detailed looks at some Russian documents, but there is an enormous mountain of them that has never seen the light of day, even in Russia, since the war itself. Russian histories of the "Great Patriotic War" of course have their own weaknesses, but my point is that the Soviet perspective is nevertheless very important and is often overlooked in most books about the war that appeared in Western countries from 1945 until the end of the Cold War. Soviet paranoia and secrecy obviously had a lot to do with this, but so did scholarly sloppiness and inertia.
So, I am always glad to see original Soviet documents. In what archive did you find the document you posted? And, do you have a complete and reliable English translation?
Hi, William! I apologize for the long answer. I rarely visit this site. You have outdated information about my country.
We have WWII archives open for a long time. Millions of documents are open, and these are original scans, combat orders, orders, maps . Everything is in direct access and anyone can get acquainted with them. I think that you are not fair to my country
about paranoia and secrecy. Yes, sometimes we can see the same things differently, but this is only because we do not know each other well. I could ask you another question. You probably know about the death of the USS 233 "Herring" off the coast of the Kuriles? Did you know that a Russian expedition discovered her not so long ago? Do you know your government is up to date? And what did it do to commemorate the sailors? And why? Is it not paranoia?
And now essentially. Are you interested in this particular document? There will be problems with reliable English translation. Translation of combat documents is not so easy. Sites where you can work in Russian are called "Memory of the People" and "Feat of the People" pamyat-naroda.ru and podvignaroda.ru, there are others. If you have any problems, please, I will be glad to help.