Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Donbas and Kursk

Fascinating briefing from the Austrian military, in German with English subtitles. The briefer compares the attempted Russian encirclement of Ukrainian troops in the Donbas with the German operation at Kursk in WW II, and finds that all the factors that led to Russian victory at Kursk also apply to the current fighting in the Donbas. In particular:

  • Both the Russians in 1943 and the Ukrainians today had exact prior knowledge of where they would be attacked;
  • Both defending armies prepared layers of defensive positions in advance; and
  • Both the Russians of 1943 and the Ukrainians today fight with "dogged determination"

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