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The Soviets were caught by surprise and suffered massive casualties as a result. See this Wikipedia article. Lots of aircraft were destroyed on the ground, not the air. The first attacks began at 03:00 on 22 June. The Soviets had been caught by surprise, their aircraft bunched together in neat rows which were vulnerable. The results were devastating ... ...


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The Wikipedia article cited in another answer lists among reasons ...equipment, like that of the Red Army, was largely obsolescent and suffering from prolonged use. The Great Purges had also hit aircraft manufacturers, and the loss of personnel ended the Soviet lead in aircraft design and aeronautics (...) The aviation industry was disrupted, ...


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Organizational deficiencies, technical obsolescence, inexperience of pilots, surprise caused by Stalin's blunder First of all, claims that VSS lost 4000 planes in the first three days of war is somewhat dubious. This is mostly based on German sources, which is understandable since Soviets usually omitted exact data from this embarrassing period . Only ...


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A vast majority of success of Blitzkrieg hinged on surprise factor which was available only in the earlier stages of war: https://www.britannica.com/topic/blitzkrieg Blitzkrieg, (German: “lightning war”) military tactic calculated to create psychological shock and resultant disorganization in enemy forces through the employment of surprise, speed, ...


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All history is bunk -- Ford All history is fairy tales rewritten by the winner of the last war -- Bismarck FWIW a lot of what we know about history is from archeology. Digs are neither bunk nor fairy tales rewritten by the winner of the last war. They're just artifacts, waiting to be analyzed. As to texts, I invited you to pick up Chris Wickham's ...


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Why would anyone care about history? Why would anybody care about math? One can just punch those numbers into a calculator or an inexpensive math program and get the correct solution every time. Why do people even bother to learn math? If you're an engineer you have to take so much math it's crazy... Calculus, Differential Equations, Statistics.. etc ...


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What actually happened is that Australia had problem with its economy, because mobilization removed many men from industries. Citing wikipedia: As manpower restrictions in the Australian economy forced the early demobilisation of large numbers of men. As an example, in the 9th brigade ... elements of the Militia were disbanded to return personnel to ...


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