>>53699338 >What is Japan? They haven't won anything major against Russia. Who are the Mongols? Russia didn't exist as such back then. >What is Western Capitalism? That's a war of attrition, not offense. >Crimean war A defensive war for the anti-Russian alliance
>>53699586 >They haven't won anything major against Russia. You don't even need to be a weeaboo to believe that Russia took a huge blow from the Russo-Japanese war.
Being the first European country to lose a war (including the annihilation of two of your fleets; one of which had to sail around the world just to fight) to what was considered a barbarian nation at the time kinda fucks your prestige pretty hard.
>>53700346 That's like saying that communists won the revolution in Russia because of that 1 regiment of Latvian riflemen guarding Lenin. Or that butterflies flapping wings can cause hurricanes. The importance of the circumstances allowing a butterfly to trigger hurricanes far outweigh the importance of the butterfly.
>>53699125 Mongols did it. Lithuanians did it. Poles did it to a lesser extent.
The "can't invade Russia in Winter" meme is old and tired, all the cool kids are hawking the "Afghanistan can't be conquered" meme now >Greeks >Sakas >Kushans >Hephthalites/Huna/Uar people >Ghaznavides >Seljuks >Mughals
>>53699621 Mongols did it because they could get grain taxes to make their herds bigger. They already lived in a place even shittier, so taxing some Russians seemed like a good idea from their perspective.
>>53700718 >Napoleon and Hitler Two great examples of overconfident gamblers. They both launched their offensives with insufficient "tail" for the amount of "tooth" they were fielding. Both of them got pwned by the operational depth of Russia.
There are some differences between the two, for example Germany barely fielded enough "tooth" to get the job done.
Alexander looked up to him and loved him and it's not like the wide expanses of Russia were brimming with resource
it was a pure boneheaded move, he had plenty more enemies to worry about
Hitler on the other hand, knew Stalin was just biding his time. It was now or never. He would have been better served to try to appeal to the UK to get on his side other than stepping on everyone's feet.
These decisions don't really reflect on greater Russian ability to defend, they've been beaten often before
>>53701012 yeah but Hitler was stubborn as fuck during the operation and ignored his best military advisors on many occasions.
had proper military people actually taken all of the decisions during Barbarossa, things would have gone entirely differently. Perhaps they still wouldn't have conquered Russia, but at the very least they could have reached a stalemate deep within Russia while still controlling vital ressources.
I'm really not so sure. This kind of operation was unprecedented and untested in that the German force was heavily mechanized and dependent on oil badly. That aspect of logistics wasn't given the attention it needed during the planning stage and once shit started going dry they realized they were essentially fucked.
And again, they expected Russians to come to terms before it became a defensive war, and that didn't happen. Russians are stubborn asses.
>>53701012 >Alexander looked up to him and loved him
The people he ruled over did not. Alexander sucking Napoleons cock at Tilsit was seen as a defeat in Russia. Let's not forget that his father was assassinated, and it's not like Alexander was safe from plots. He had to follow the public opinion.
Napoleon invaded in at attempt to bring Alexander under his influence again. He expected to beat the Russian army, maybe occupy a capital, and then sign a hasty treaty with Alexander. He had no plans to dissolve the Empire. If he did he would have proclaimed the restoration of Poland, which would have caused huge unrest in Western Russia. Also if he truly wished to bring French Revolutionary ideas he would have proclaimed the emancipation of the serfs. Let's not forget that there were many rebellions prior to Alexander taking the throne.
Basically Napoleon wanted to show Alexander who was boss. It was a shitty plan desu. Alexander wasn't the same naive youth that Napoleon met at Tilsit and charmed.
russia is basically like a spring coil if you push it, it'll bounce back and steamroll your europe and install a new world order for a 100 years your best bet is to just leave it alone and hope it rusts by itself
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