Sunday 17 November 2013

Needs More Censorship

In times of war, you have to watch what your media publishes, in case they leak some information of strategic importance to the enemy. Sometimes, however, things slip through.

This is an issue of Smena magazine for July of 1944. Smena was the magazine of the Central Committee of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League, published by Pravda, so you'd think it would be pretty harmless. Apparently not.

Zoom, enhance! Here we see some workers assembling cannons. The caption says that they produce 180% of quota. Good for them. However, the cannons they are assembling are shiny new 100 mm BS-3s. The BS-3s were not issued until September of 1944, and did not see their first combat until October. And yet, here they are, a full 3 months earlier. Oops!


  1. It didn't matter anyway because we all know the Germans would still lose regardless, and probably freak out, too.

  2. That is a big oops indeed.

    Perhaps an article on the use of disinformation and the results there off could be an interesting topic ?

    1. I have something like that drafted, be on the lookout.

    2. And that is why i like this blog very interesting topics every day.

      For now i can avoid learning russian myself.

    3. You don't think it's still going on, do you?

  3. I think the real question is, just how much pant-shitting did this cause for the Germans?