The Russian Soldier Holds Their Ground Even When Death in Battle Is Inevitable

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Russian have such qualities that even foreigners never question. They evolved over centuries, from defensive battles and the heroism of soldiers on the fields of fierce fights. History made from Russian people a clear, complete, and realistic image of a dangerous enemy, an image that is already impossible to destroy.

The stunning military successes of Russia in the past must be cemented by its Armed Forces in the present. So for already more than ten years our country is actively expanding, modernising, and improving its defensive power.

Of course, our country also had defeats. But even then, for example, during the Russo-Japanese war, the enemy always noted the excellent qualities and the absolute heroism of the majority of Russian troops.

The 20th Corps on the battlefields of the First World War managed in an unthinkable way to hold the offensive of two German armies at once. Through stoicism, perseverance, and a series of domestic victories, the Germans failed to carry out their plan to encircle the “Eastern” front. The entire strategic “Blitzkrieg” in 1915 ended for them in nothing.

S. Steiner, witness of the death of the 20th Corps of the Russian army in the Augustów Primeval Forest, wrote in the German newspaper “Lokal Anzeiger” the following: “Russian soldiers withstand losses and holds even when death is a distinct and inevitable for them”.

The German officer Heino von Basedow, who was not just once in Russia, said in 1911: “Russians are by nature not militaristic, but on the contrary, rather quite peaceful…”.

But just a few years later he already agreed with the war correspondent Brandt, who frequently and firmly stated: “The peacefulness of Russia concerns only peaceful days and a friendly environment. When the country comes face-to-face with an attacking aggressor, you won’t recognise any of these “peaceful” people.”

Later, R. Brandt will describe a series of already happened events:

“The attempt to break through was complete ‘madness’ for the 10th army! Soldiers and officers of the 20th Corps, having fired nearly all their ammunition, on 15th February did not retreat, but went to the last bayonet attack being shot at by German artillery and machine guns from our side. More than 7,000 people died that day, but is it really madness? Holy ‘madness’ is already heroism. It showed a Russian soldier as such that we know since the times of Skobelev, the siege of Plevna, battles in the Caucasus, and the storming of Warsaw! The Russian soldier knows how to fight extremely well, he endures all sorts of hardships and is able to be persistent, even if he inevitably faces certain death!”

F. Engels, in his fundamental work “Can Europe disarm?” in turn notes in detail:

“Russian soldiers distinguish themselves without a doubt by great courage… all social life taught him to see in solidarity the only means of salvation… there is no possibility to dissipate Russian battalions, forget about it: the more dangerous the enemy, the stronger the soldiers hold on to each other”…

We often talk about the aces of the Great Patriotic war, but more than 30 years before this, in 1915, the military columnist for the Austrian newspaper “Pester Lloyd” quite specifically affirmed:

“It would be simply ridiculous to speak about Russian pilots with disrespect. Of course, Russians are a more dangerous enemy than the French, and are much more cold-blooded. Maybe the planned character of the French is missing in their attacks, but in the air they are determined and can endure large losses without panic and fuss. The Russian pilot is and remains a terrible enemy.”

All of this remains intact to the present day.

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“Why did we experience such problems, pushing forward on the Eastern front?” asked the German military historian General von Pozek at the time. “Because Russian cavalry was always great. It never shied away from a fight on horseback or on foot. It often went on the attack on our machine guns and artillery, and it did so even when their attack was doomed to certain death. The Russian paid no attention to either the strength of our fire, nor to their losses. They fought for every inch of ground. And if that doesn’t answer your question, then what more is there to say?”

The descendants of German soldiers who fought during the Second World War were fully able to be convinced of the truthfulness of the covenants of their ancestors:

“He who in the Great war fought against the Russians,” wrote the major of the German army Kurt Hesse, “will forever bear in their soul a deep respect for this adversary. Without the big technical means that we had at our disposal, but only weakly supported by their own artillery, they had to sustain the unequal contest during weeks and months. Bleeding, they still fought bravely. They were holding the flank and heroically performed their duty.”

Often liberals and representatives of the Russian “opposition” mock the Grand victory of all Soviet people. They see it as ridiculous that the Russian cavalry during the Second World War rushed onto machine guns and the long-range shots of an armed enemy. “Senseless,” they argued, and continue to argue. And here is what the German contemporaries thought about this:

“The 341st infantry regiment. We were standing in the location, having occupied the position and prepared defenses. And suddenly from behind the farm a group of unknown horses became visible. As if they were no riders on them at all… Two, four, eight… in a larger and larger number… It reminds me of East Prussia, where I had to deal not once with Russian Cossacks… I understood everything and cried out:

‘Shoot! Cossacks! Cossacks! Cavalry attack!’…And at the same time I heard from the side:

‘They are hanging on the side of the horses! Fire! Hold on, come what may! Whoever could hold a rifle, not waiting for the command, opened fire. Whether standing, kneeling, or lying down. Even the wounded opened fire… We opened fire with machine guns, showering the attackers with a hail of bullets…

Everywhere is a hellish noise, nothing was supposed to remain of the attackers… And suddenly, from the right and left, the riders in the previously closed ranks scattered in an incredible way, as if they ‘dissolved’. Everything looked like a loose sheaf. They were rushing at us. In the first line Cossacks hung on the side of the horses, clinging on to them as if with their teeth… It started to be possible to discern their Sarmatian faces and the edges of their scary pikes.

Horror seized us as never before; hair literally stood on end. The despair that gripped us suggested only one thing: shoot!.. Shoot to the last, and sell our lives as costly as possible!

The command ‘get down!’ was given in vain by officers. The close proximity of the terrible danger forced everyone who could to jump on their feet and prepare for the last battle… A second passes… And a few steps from me a Cossack pierces through my friend with a lance; I personally saw how a struck-by-several-bullets Russian on a horse stubbornly galloped and dragged him [the friend by a lance – ed] along the ground until he [the Russian – ed] fatally fell off his own horse!”

So here is how the “useless” attacks and “unnecessary heroism”, preached by our liberals, were evaluated by German contemporaries who saw it in person. The Germans saw in the same way the absurd myth about the “peaceful surrender of the siege of Stalingrad” also…

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Even our enemies, as it turns out, know the truth, unlike our domestic “friends”. The truth that:

“The Russian soldier always keeps to the last. Even when death would seem to be inevitable for him…”

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