Most important Russian battles



  • Which battle was the most important?



  • how about those ones against the Japanese in the thirties?
    It stopped the IJA being able to force the USSR having to fight a war on two fronts. It convinced the Japanese that Siberia would not be a walkover. It allowed those 50 crack siberian divisions (and Zhukov) to be released from watching the Japanese amd throw the Germans back from Moscow.
    Those two victories in 1938 and 1939 changed the course of the war.



  • Do you mean ever? I think that 1812 against Napoleon was pretty important.



  • Chindit, would you mind to tell me more about these battles? I have never heard of them before.



  • Yea, chindit, tell us more



  • I know the battle Chindit is talking about, but it was in 1939. The Japanese attacked the Russians and lost something like 20,000 men in the attack. After this attack, russia and japan had a non-agression treaty until 1945 when russia attack japanese forces in manchuria. Although, the non-agression treaty, not the battle, helped Russia. This allowed Zhukov and a horde of exprienced soldiers to help the losing war on the Eastern Front.



  • Sorry but I forgot to put my opinion on the “Most Import Russian Battle”. That would have to be Kursk. This and Stalingrad broke the back of the German Army. Although even after Stalingrad the Germans put up some stiff resistance but after Kursk, the German Army was never the same. If the Germans had succeded in taking Kursk, this would have eliminated close to 1.5 million russian soldiers, allowing the Germans to have the inititave again.

    The Germans had lost something like 40,000 men and 600 tanks. The russians lost just as many and probaly many more but they still had uncommitted reserves.



  • I was hoping someone would say that…



  • @Zhukov_2003:

    I know the battle Chindit is talking about, but it was in 1939. The Japanese attacked the Russians and lost something like 20,000 men in the attack. After this attack, russia and japan had a non-agression treaty until 1945 when russia attack japanese forces in manchuria. Although, the non-agression treaty, not the battle, helped Russia. This allowed Zhukov and a horde of exprienced soldiers to help the losing war on the Eastern Front.

    well, even though Zhukov_2003 has somewhat stolen my thunder I will (very graciously) respond to the original request and fill in the tiny gap Z-2003 has left me.
    The big battle was ‘Nomonhan’ (there is another name for it which is Mongolian ‘Khalkhin Gol’ though there are others) in 1939 and did indeedcost the Imperial Japanese. They lost about 25,000 men to the Soviets 5,000. The Japanese were very badly organised and even though possessed great aggression lacked decent transport and even water supplies. Zhukov’s armour ran rings around Japanese artillery units (literally).
    However, everyone wanted out of this fight. The Russians had other things to worry about and the Japanese army in Manchuria had deeply embaressed Tokyo. (Apparently the Emperor had ordered there to be no fighting).
    In the air the Japanese did a little better relative to the Soviets.
    Most interesting was how these respective armies were then regarded. The Soviets were seen as expert but then went on to suffer humiliation at the hands of the tiny Finn army and so were downgraded in everyone’s eyes. The Japanese were seen as next to useless until they swept the British and Americans aside and so were then elevated to ‘superhuman.’
    As Zhukov-2003 says these Russian Siberian troops (about 50 divisions) were thrown at the Germans outside Moscow in December 1941 and removed the G threat to Moscow for the rest of the war.
    Now, I’ve saved the best to last.
    Zhukov_2003 is wrong to say the battle was only 1939. There WAS also a battle in 1938 (though nothing like on the scale of that a year later) about 1,200 soviet losses to 500 Japanese.
    There was also a border clash in 1936 but I think this was Mongolian forces (supported later by the Soviets) against Manchurian troops (supported by the Japanese).
    Apparently, the whole incident flared up because of confusion over which country owned a hil on the borderl.
    Clearly though, as has been said, these battles resulted in the Soviets not having to face a war on two fronts after Barbarossa began.
    A final interesting point is the Russian attack into Manchuria in 1945 swept the remnants of the Japanese army there aside and was only stopped by two nuclear devices.



  • Chindit wrote

    well, even though Zhukov_2003 has somewhat stolen my thunder I will (very graciously) respond to the original request and fill in the tiny gap Z-2003 has left me.

    Sorry about that Chindit.



  • it was my own fault for going on holiday



  • I think the Kalkin Gol battle was a victory due to Soviet guns and tanks.
    In both cases the Soviets fielded better equipment, which eliminates Japanese Esprit d’ Corps as a tactical advantage. I wonder if there has ever been a movie about those engagements!



  • Hey Chindit- My maternal granfather was a real Chindit- Do you mind if I ask why you took that name?



  • I’m surprised no one said moscow! If the ruskies lost this battle there capital would have been gone! and so would the kremlin!


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    @MuthaRussia:

    I’m surprised no one said moscow! If the ruskies lost this battle there capital would have been gone! and so would the kremlin!

    the Government would have retreated and kept alive in Sibirea…besides germany would have gained nothing much because it is just frozen wasteland and still a thousand or so miles from the Rescources and Factories at home in one direction and Russkies in another…



  • Yea, but it would be a moral defeat!



  • @sherman28:

    I think the Kalkin Gol battle was a victory due to Soviet guns and tanks.
    In both cases the Soviets fielded better equipment, which eliminates Japanese Esprit d’ Corps as a tactical advantage. I wonder if there has ever been a movie about those engagements!

    I don’t think so, because for one, I believe until the USSR fell, it was classified info, and two, I could be wrong on this, but I don’t think Russia has a very large film industry, and Japan would have no reason to make a movie in which they lose. Three, I think the Soviets outnumbered the Japanese, so it’s not a real good candidate for a movie anyway.



  • You are proabably correct. But stikll what a great movie it would make! Or maybe one about Kursk….



  • You guys should see At Enemy Gates, its really good!


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    @sherman28:

    You are proabably correct. But stikll what a great movie it would make! Or maybe one about Kursk….

    Kursk definitely!



  • But sometimes they hollywood the movies to much…



  • Enemy gates though is the best movie!


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