The harsh Soviet winter climate played major ploy in the Soviet victory. The German equipments jammed, their transport route turned marshy and soldiers died of cold climate. The retreating soviets burnt down the villages, factories, farms and livestock so that they were not available to the germans. When the Volga river froze, the German blockade of soviet supply lines was no longer effective as before. The street to street fight in Stalingrad made use of artillery difficult fo the German as the Soviet maintained very close distance to their enemies. Although despite the many advantages that the Russians there were also many disadvantages that the Russians were facing against the Germans in the early stages of the war.
During the great retreat the Germans were inflicting huge casualties upon the Russians. The casualties were counting in the millions. Also Stalin’s “scorched earth” policy was negatively affecting his own people too. A lot of property was damaged and the Russian people were demoralized. Another disadvantage that the soviets were facing was that they had to fight they’re own people too. During the in the Eastern Front the Germans had incorporated into their army many units of Russians who were dissatisfied with they’re and were willing to fight against them and against the Communist ideal. They also had to fight against the thousands of Volunteers that were fighting alongside the Germans which were: Italian, Spaniard, Dutch, Belgian, Romanian, Croatian, French and many more that were from different ethnicities. Yanni Giannopoulos
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- Fall '07