Re: Hand Grenade of the Month October 2017

The notion that Stalin didn't want Roosevelt and Churchill to treat his soldiers as expendable made me smile. If so, it would have been because he didn't want competition.

Roosevelt and Churchill would have been in line well behind Stalin and his generals in that regard.

A Soviet soldier was a cog in a machine and totally expendable in the service of the socialist state, which was demonstrated most recently by the purges of the late '30s. That's why their morale was so high early in the war.

Re: Hand Grenade of the Month October 2017

Of late, I've been studying PQ17. One comment I read was that Stalin refused to believe the loss, believing that Roosevelt and Churchill had lied to him because he could not fathom such a loss. Other than that comment, I've not found anything else about Stalin's reaction, which leads me to wonder if, given such a major loss so early in their relationship, and the legitimate reasons for distrust, if perhaps Stalin's whining was because he feared his troops would be considered expendable.

Re: Hand Grenade of the Month October 2017

Continued from previous comments, the South never had the right to secede and it is the 2nd of those pillars upon which Southern hostility to the Union was falsely built. This premise by the post is utterly false and meritless. The South knew that and should have known that despite early history to the Republic and its founding. It is a falsity on its face.

Re: Hand Grenade of the Month October 2017

I can’t agree with Christopher Rein’s assessment of Robert E. Lee. The claim that he was “one of the worst, if not the worst, military commander of all time” is wildly overstated, and to dismiss him as “a traitor and a failure” is overly simplistic.

“The existence of his nation (if you recognize the South's right to secede) depended on his performance on the battlefield and as an advisor, and he failed miserably.”

Re: Hand Grenade of the Month October 2017

One last thought, and I will leave this thread alone and return to our regularly scheduled HG. I'll confess, I didn't lob it as a softball so much as a floater. The recent re-litigation of Civil War historical remnants made me revisit related topics I'd read about long ago, even back to childhood when my father took the family south to visit various battlefields (and I'm talking REALLY south; we lived in Canada!).

Re: Hand Grenade of the Month October 2017

I agree with much of what Christopher Rein says, but hope I will be allowed some "howevers." No general who earns the deep respect and affection of his troops, to the degree that Lee did, can be regarded as contemptible. His willingness to gamble tactically in desperate situations, as at Chancellorsville and, to some extent, Antietam, deserves our professional respect.

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