... commander is so stupid to send his "super-soldiers" over machine-guns and all sorts of fortifications wthout special means... actually, no commanders that stupid ever existed. only - in a books by beevor, maybe... ...Russian military spirit existed for 1,000 years... So, it doesnn't start from the year 1917... russian military spirit proved itself dead, when russia lost ww1 and the war against japan - right before 1917. so - in fact, ''it'' does start from 1941. ... those, who won the Civil war...They opposed to Russian professional officers in the White Army... the white army was disunited in its actions. it also was opposed by jewish tycoons and their world banks. anyways, civil war is a dodgy thing, and it certainly doesn't produce a good commanders. ... Stalin to be personally responsibel for repressions agasitn such a commanders as Tukhachevskiy, Blyukher, Yegorov, and many others... they were traitors. ... all the signals about German preparations for attack from the border districts were neglected by political peremptory shouts from the upper level: "Do nothing, don't give cause for the war"... ... stupidity what took place in our western districts prior to the war!!!...politicians and military services were not prepared to the war... it is not a ''stupidity'' (there are no stupid persons among those who rule the nations), it is only that bloody non-agression pact we signed with hitler! if we breached it first, then - the whole world would rise against us! and - in situation like that, those who attack have a considerable advantage over those who keep the defence. btw, what army of the time was capable of keeping defence against wehrmacht? the answer is: no such army existed at the moment! ... Yes, in France and some other countries we could also see collaborators, but not so much percent from POWs... what p.o.w. collaborators in france's case?!! france surrendered to hitler and got out of war! mate, you won't understand that russia and france were at the moment - two completely different and uncomparable cases! but, wait... did you ever go to school? ... Russian agriculture in 1900s was quite competitive... no, it wasn't then and it never was before, from hence - the stolypin's reforms as a desperate attempt to make it competitive.