soviet army

  1. Ryker of Terra

    AHC: better behaved Red Army

    This morning I saw a thread on the AskHistorians subreddit about soldiers refusing to engage in rape during war, which made me think about the Red Army. Historically, the Red Army during WW2 was awful with the civilian populations of regions they'd liberated or "liberated", with Germany...
  2. Photos of Red Alert: A C&C Media Thread

    A Soviet soldier watching forced laborers near Athens clearing debris. Local communist officials helped run the Greek capital for the Soviets before the liberation of Greece. Many Athenian writers, singers, professors, and others in similar professions were purged by the NKVD and dumped into...
  3. Ace009

    Could ATGMs and A-10s stop a Soviet tank rush in the 1980s?

    Exactly what it says on the tin. You’re free to decide whether you want to go with 1983 or 1989 as the year hostilities break out.
  4. Ryker of Terra

    Non-purged Red Army vs Wehrmacht?

    So the way I understand it, Soviet armed forces were seeing some serious innovation as regards military theory during the 1920s-30s. Not only was the Red Army rapidly modernizing, Soviet commanders were also theorizing how to best make use of it, and they came up with Deep Operation/Deep Battle...
  5. Ryker of Terra

    WI: Unified Warsaw Pact military (and secret police)?

    I'm not sure if there's a specific name for this phenomenon, but since time immemorial, militaries have tended to 'mix' their soldiers, meaning that you generally won't see a unit comprised solely of people from Region X or Town Y or Village Z, and you sure as hell won't see a unit like that...
  6. AHC: On The Soviet Defence Structure, Marshals G. Zhukov, R. Malinovsky, and D. Ustinov.

    I am developing a timeline for a story of mine, the story spans through millennia, but it stems from a protracted Cold War, and the merging of the arms and space races. The plausibility of this might be low, but it is what a partner and I have decided on. The problem we seem to be coming upon is...
  7. SealTheRealDeal

    AHQ: when was the USSR most susceptible to Bonapartism?

    Lenin ingrained an institutional aversion to "Bonapartism" (military leadership hijacking the revolution) in the USSR. To my understanding, this aversion played a big part in Trotsky's marginalization, Zhukov's removal from the limelight, and all manner of individual cases during Stalin's...
  8. WI soviet troops reached Wismar and Rostock first?

    During the late spring it 1945, Western Allies and Soviets raced to capture Nazi targets in Northern Germany, especially the Baltic Pirts of Rostock and Wismar Because WALLIED commanders feared that soviets would continuously advancing into Denmark. Control of the Danish Straits would give...
  9. The Permanent Revolution: An Alternate Second World War

    POD: Lenin’s Testament was a letter that privately OTL attacked the soviet figures of Zinoviev, Kamenev, Trotsky, Bukharin, Pyatakov and Stalin. Though as the list suggests, Trotsky was critized as well, but much less harshly than Stalin. What if Trotsky got a hold of this, edited critism of him...
  10. Finland prepared for the Winter War

    Everybody here knows that Finland did exceptionaly well in the Winter War, especially if we consider the huge disparity between them and the Soviet Union in every category. My question is, what preparations could Finland make so that the War lasts longer, and perhaps ends on better terms then...
  11. Alternate cold war if the USSR liberated all of europe during WW2

    Lets say D-Day fails, or the soviets do better against the nazis on the eastern front, leading to the red army liberating all of europe. As we know from OTL, the soviets were able to greatly boost the popularity of communist parties in the liberated nations, leading to communist takeovers via...
  12. Sam Biswas

    What if the ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe never got persecuted by the Soviets after WWII?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_German_settlement_in_Central_and_Eastern_Europe http://feefhs.org/resource/germany-settlements-in-eastern-europe https://web.archive.org/web/20080302155203/http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20080301faessay87203-p30/jerry-z-muller/us-and-them.html...
  13. El_Presidente

    Could the NKVD get their own army divisions?

    Inspired by HoI4. So, could the NKVD get their own divisions a la SS? Maybe Stalin doesn't purge the army; instead he creates a new one under NKVD control that will eventually absorb the old one. So, is it possible at all? Would Stalin trust so much power to Beria (who would have his own army)...
  14. Alternate Soviet Union (based on my Hoi4 game)

    So ITTL, Soviets take over Eastern Poland (like in OTL), Turkey, Iran, Finland, AFghanistan, all Arabian province nations (except for kuwait, stupid UK) and Iraq (what i took over in hoi4 before germany attacked). At this time, japan defeats the ROC and PRC and makes various puppet states...
  15. PC/WI: Soviet Army capability with more Career NCOs?

    So while the Soviet Army was quite powerful in terms of numbers, organization, and equipment, it's widely acknowledged that the NCO corps, such as it was, was the weak link in the force structure. Most were simple conscripts, and were able to reach the highest enlisted rank within their period...
  16. Protect & Survive Miami: End of Watch

    A special thanks to P&S Universe writers @General_Paul, @Tsar of New Zealand and longtime contributor @Unknown for creating the foundation of this spinoff in the open thread for P&S, When the Wind Blew. I decided to throw my hat in the ring of my all-time favorite AH story/universe (minus my...
  17. War Games

    (I posted this in the test forum and received no replies, so I thought I'd have a better chance here) I've recently had growing interest in Cold War era history, and I've started to read up on some events I found striking during that period, namely the martial law over Poland, and the...
  18. AHC: The White Russian Movement wins the Russian Civil War

    Is it possible that the White Russian Movement could have won the Civil War in Russia against the Bolsheviks? What would have allowed this to be a possibility? Would have more Western intervention been necessary to achieve a lasting victory? Bonus: How could have the Provisional Government...
  19. GauchoBadger

    PC/WI: Successful Operation Gumbinnen in 1944

    Operation Gumbinnen or Goldap-Gumbinnen was a daring strike of the soviet-belarusan front against nazi german forces holding out in East Prussia. IOTL, the operation was a failure due to effective fortifications utilized by the defending german forces, but the soviets still managed to capture...
  20. For Queen And Country

    Discussion link for comments: https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/for-queen-and-country.386157/ This story runs
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