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Listing of WWII Soviet Units
Welcome Tvarisch! Soviet reenacting is among the most popular and fastest growing today. It is not only a good starting impression due to it's lower costs, but is also a great way to honor this nation who sacrificed so much. The USSR lost 62 TIMES as many casualties as the United States... :-0 Is that number even conceivable? Anyway, look through the units and research them well.
The Great Patriotic War
The term Great Patriotic War (Russian: Великая Отечественная война, Velikaya Otechestvennaya Vojna) is used in Russia and some other states of the former Soviet Union to describe the war of 1941 to 1945 between Nazi Germany and its Axis allies and the Soviet Union. The term is not generally used outside the former Soviet Union (see Eastern Front).
There is a semantic difference between this term and "World War II", as the Russian term refers only to the war between Germany and its European allies, and the Soviet Union. The war with Japan (including Operation August Storm) and the war on the Western front are not referred to by this term.
The term was coined following the German attack against the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 and was to mobilize the population to defend the motherland. Before then, the term "Patriotic War" (Russian: Отечественная война) referred to the French invasion of Russia under Napoleon in 1812, which is now known as the Patriotic War of 1812.
The term "Great Patriotic War" appeared in the Soviet newspaper Pravda soon after Adolf Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, in a long article titled "The Great Patriotic War of the Soviet People" (Russian: Великая Отечественная война cоветского народа).
In the Soviet lexicography, the war was usually presented as struggle between two ideologies, with the result of the war being the victory of Soviet socialist system over fascism.
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