"Not a Single Step Backwards"

The enemy throws new forces to the front without regard to heavy losses and penetrates deep into Russia, seizing new regions, destroying our cities and villages, and violating, plundering and killing the Soviet population…The population of our country, who love and respect the Soviet Army, start to be discouraged in her, and lose faith in the Soviet Army, and many curse the Soviet Army for leaving our people under the yoke of the German oppressors, and itself running east.
Some stupid people at the Front calm themselves with talk that we can retreat further to the east, as we have a lot of territory, a lot of ground, a lot of population and that there will always be much bread for us. They want to justify the infamous behavior at the Front. But such talk is falsehood, helpful only to our enemies. Each commander, Soviet Army soldier and political commissar should understand that our means are not limitless.
The territory of the Soviet state is not a desert, but people – workers, peasants, intelligentsia, our fathers, mothers, wives, brothers, children..Therefore it is necessary to eliminate talk that we have the capability endlessly to retreat, that we have a lot of territory, that our country is great and rich, that there is a large population, and that bread always will be abundant. Such talk is false and parasitic, it weakens us and benefits the enemy…
This leads to the conclusion, it is time to finish retreating. Not one step back! Such should now be our main slogan. It is necessary to defend each position, each meter of our territory, up to the last drop of blood, to cling for each plot of Soviet land and to defend it as long as possible. Our Motherland is experiencing hard days. We must stop, and then to throw back and smash the enemy regardless of cost. The Germans are not so strong, as it seems to the panic-mongers. They strain their last forces. To withstand their impact now, means to ensure our victory in some months.
Joseph Stalin, Order 227 issued to the Red Army, July 28, 1942

When is Putin going to issue a similar order? Putin must intervene now to stop the US-EU Ukie Nazis. It’s imperative. We cannot have this mass Nazi slaughter in the heart of Europe.
However, if you study the history of warfare in Russia, Russia and later the USSR have often tended to retreat and retreat as a strategic move. They retreat and retreat, and then they turn around, attack and rout the enemy. All Russian/Soviet forces using the strategic retreat philosophy defeated the invaders.

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  1. Ukraine is on the periphery of Europe. Driving from Slovakia or even Poland into Ukraine one immediately notices how shabby and rundown everything looks in comparison. That speech by Stalin was for purely for propaganda purposes. The Red Army spent most of the summer of 1942 retreating in the face of the German offensive. Stalin had learned from 1941 how idiotic it was to remain static and thereby allow hundreds of thousands of soldiers to be encircled and annihilated. He listened to his Generals like Zhukov who advised him to let the Germans expend themselves in the vast spaces of Russia and to wait until enough strength can be built up before counterattacking. I can’t help thinking that Putin has something similar in mind.

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