Even if you are down to almost zero tanks, the war is not over.
Maybe the war is not over, but you have become the Poland army in 1939
The Soviet doctrine can be summarized by sacrificing more men and they could afford it.
A dramatic strategy but the tough and effective reality. Nonetheless that sacrifice could not be infinite (that could be discussed elsewhere).
Armed forces are defeated by either annihilation, capture or occupation of the military and administrative complex. This is hard for people to understand.
Armed forces depend on States, and States depend on political and social issues. But in the particular case of the German-Russian war it did become a case of fight for mutual annihilation. Both did their best in order to fix industrial production, tactical efficiency and human mobilization... But that was only possible according to the actual resources. Necessity does not generate resources for itself...
Counter wrote:Previous to the battles there were 2600 german operational and 10200 russian operational... And the germans losed (the loss of Kharkov, particularly, was strategically critical).
It germans only left 800, the russians required, at least five-fold that amount to keep the superiority: 4000 operational
Sorry: 10200/2600 is X4, not X5. So it seems feasible that even suffering 6000 total tank losses in July and August the Russians could keep the same superiority. But I (we) don´t know yet how many were the replacements.