by Martin Sieff
Washington (UPI) Dec 21, 2007Russia’s 21st Century success in selling weapons to the world is rooted in its experience as a successful arms manufacturer for the largest mechanized army in history during World War II.
Russian T-34 Model 1942 tank: Considered
the finest “all-around” tank of WWII.
Russia’s arms industry dramatically out-produced that of Nazi Germany not only in terms of quantity but in key areas in terms of quality, too. Even the great abilities of Albert Speer, Hitler’s industrial production czar in the later years of the war, could not begin to match the enormous volume of output of the Russian weapons factories that had been desperately moved from Belorussia — the modern nation of Belarus — and Ukraine east of the Ural Mountains. Britain and the United States made enormous progress in radar during the war, which was essential to win the great sea wars in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and to win the air battles over Japan and Germany. The pioneering work was done in Britain, especially at Birmingham University, but the great advances came at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Russia, however, focused on its great land battles with the overwhelming mass of the German army. By the end of the war, its atomic program was finally starting to gather steam, aided by the work of Soviet spies.Russian arms manufacture today is ….Read the rest: