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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Victor Suvorov III.

This is coolbert:

Once more, comments of mine regarding the wiki for Victor Suvorov. As usual, my observations in BOLD!

Regarding numbers and Suvorov being prone to exaggeration:

"Suvorov has also been criticized being prone to exaggeration about number and capabilities of Soviet forces and weapons. For example, he claims that USSR planned to build 100,000 or more Su-2 attack aircraft in case of mobilization (actual number built: around 800)"

This is a misleading argument.

Suvorov is not necessarily wrong about the figures. The Soviets PLANNED TO BUILD 100,000 Su-2. Did want to build that many. Did not, but not because they were unable to. By 1941 the Su-2 was obsolete.

"Although over 800 Su-2s and Su-4s were built, the aircraft was obsolete and underarmed by the start of World War II, and was quickly replaced"

Replaced by the Il-2, a much more robust ground attack aircraft. The Soviets did build enormous numbers of the Il-2. Consider this regarding the Il-2:

"The Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik (Russian: Ил-2 Штурмовик) . . . produced by the Soviet Union in huge numbers . . . a total of 36,163 were built, making it the single most produced military aircraft design in all of aviation history"

The Il-2, it must be remembered, only was produced in the numbers that it was AFTER the movement of entire factories to areas east of the Ural. Moving those factories, getting them back in production, and then producing the numbers of Il-2 that were built WAS a significant feat!! NOT 100,000, but STILL a large number [over 36,000!].

Suvorov has a tendency to exaggerate? Perhaps, but not excessively so!!




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