Xeno426 wrote:Satire wrote:
Soviet losses: 12.3 million
Axis losses: 9.9 million
Your figures... Where did you get them? Most sources put the total German war (Soldiers & Civilians) dead between 6,750,000 to 8,800,000. This includes Poland, France, Africa... Et cetera.
The total dead for Russia is anywhere from 20,000,000 to 23,000,000 +Xeno426 wrote:Satire wrote:Numbers are correct, but they don't tell the whole story. The Nazis were engaged in an extermination campaign against the Slavic people, and this shows in the number of Russian POWs that died in captivity; about 68% of Russian prisoners died, compared to only about 10% of German prisoners. A better look would be at the number of irrevocable losses (killed, missing, or captured men/women), which produces values like this:
%10? Again, where did you source this figure, it is not comparable to the vast majority of studies on German POWs in Russia. Further, you should read Stalingrad by Anthony Beever to get a good idea of how much a German life was worth to the Russians (the same as a Russian life to a German).
Xeno426 'That's a much closer to parity. It's also useful to keep in mind about 60% of those losses were in 1941 and 1942, the period of time when Russia was still suffering from the complete upheaval of its military thanks to Stalin's purges.' - Only three quotes allowed, QQ.
That and Stalin's belief that Germany would not invade... Even twelve hours after the invasion he was reluctant to allow his units to strike back... Despite thousands of Aircraft getting destroyed on the runway et cetera...
Point is, the Soviet Union got absolutely decimated by the Axis, lost many times the amount of men and material and still came out victorious. Hell, they'd have destroyed the Allies too no doubt if they kept their T34s rollin.