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Vasili Blokhin: Stalin’s Chief Executioner

Vasili Mikhailovich Blokhin was a Soviet Russian Major-General who served as the chief executioner of the Stalinist NKVD under the administrations of Genrikh Yagoda, Nikolai Yezhov, and Lavrentiy Beria. Hand-picked for the position by Joseph Stalin in 1926, Vasili Blokhin led a company of executioners that performed and supervised numerous mass executions during Stalin's reign, mostly during the Great Purge and World War II. He is recorded as having executed tens [...]

By | 2018-01-20T11:05:46+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Moscow: World War II

As early as Jul 1941, the Russians knew the Germans were going to breach their defenses and threaten Moscow. On 3 Jul, Lenin's body was moved from Moscow to Tumen to prevent German capture or destruction. Little over two weeks later, on 22 Jul, 127 German bombers raided Moscow, even lightly damaging the Kremlin. As a response, Moscow residents were ordered to build mock houses on Kremlin's grounds and [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:30:42+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

House of the Bulgarian Communist Party

Resembling a UFO perched high on a peak of the Balkan Mountains, the House of the Bulgarian Communist Party was built as a monument to commemorate the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party. After a quarter of a century of abandonment, the monument has been stripped and looted. In 1891 the Turks were being expelled from Bulgaria marking the end of 500 years of Ottoman Rule in the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:32:12+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

T-50 Light Infantry Tank: World War II

Article originally published on Tanks Encyclopedia: Author: David Bocquelet The T-50 was elaborated to replace older light reconnaissance models. Most of these had amphibious capabilities but lacked good protection and good armament required to deal with other armored vehicles. An RKKA specification from 1939 requested an infantry support light tank to replace the aging, mass-produced T-26, which was largely inspired by the British 1929 6-ton design, and the BT [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:47:30+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Murmansk Russian Cruiser: Cold War

The Murmansk was a Russian light cruiser of the Sverdlov-class – Project 68bis of the Soviet Navy’s Northern Fleet. It was once a ship that made the NATO admirals very wary. But, so much for the fear; the Soviet Cruiser Murmansk ended up a naval embarrassment; a corroding old wreck trapped in a Norwegian fjord in the mid-90s. In many ways, the Murmansk ended up an ideal symbol for [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:49:57+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lyudmila Pavlichenko: Female Soviet Sniper

In early 1941, Lyudmila Pavlichenko was studying history at Kiev University, but within a year, she had become one of the best snipers of all time, credited with 309 confirmed kills, 36 of which were German snipers. Pavlichenko was born in 1916 in a small town in Ukraine. She was described as an independent, opinionated tomboy who was "unruly in the classroom," as the Smithsonian notes. At the age [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:51:38+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Battle of Brody June 1941: World War II

A thousand coffee table books and countless hours of popular history programs have described the Battle of Prokhorovka, part of the Third Reich’s 1943 Operation Citadel, as the largest tank battle in history. Near the city of Kursk on the Eastern Front, hundreds of Soviet tanks slammed into the 2nd SS Panzer Corps in an enormous conflagration of flesh and metal. Prokhorovka was certainly an important clash and one [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:53:40+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The First Woman in Space: Valentina Tereshkova

Ιn 1963, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space aboard Vostok 6. The first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova was born on March 6, 1937, in Bolshoye Maslennikovo, a village in western Russia. As a young woman, she worked in a textile mill and parachuted as a hobby. She was chosen to be trained as a cosmonaut in the USSR’s space program. On Jun 13, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:11:10+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kapustin Yar: Soviet Union’s Area 51

Kapustin Yar was the former Soviet Union’s most sensitive air base, even exceeding America’s Area 51 for the levels of secrecy that shrouded it. UFO Files claimed that it was to present never-before-seen footage of the base, reconnaissance photos and even a virtual tour of its hidden depths. Kapustin Yar was created as the site for the development of the Soviet Union’s space program after the end of World [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:11:36+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Categories: Historical Mysteries, Science And Technology|Tags: , |0 Comments

BT-5, BT-7 Russian Light Tank: World War II

The BT series of Soviet "Fast Tanks" was born out of a John Walter Christie design in the early 1930s featuring an American suspension system and engine. The initial Soviet influences produced the 37mm-armed BT-2 out of the original Christie BT-1 with the BT-3 following based on metric measurements as opposed to Imperial. The BT-4 proved just three prototype examples with welded hulls and revised suspension systems. In 1933, [...]

By | 2017-11-06T10:33:01+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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