What was the worst accident in military aviation

Excursus: The role of Stalin

The Soviet Armaments Industry pp 122-130 | Cite as

  • Ulrich Albrecht
  • Randolph Nikutta


An adequate understanding of the development of Soviet armaments in the decisive development decades can only be achieved by studying the role that the dictator personally assumed in armaments decisions. Before Stalin, the leaders of the Soviet Union had not addressed such issues in detail. However, Stalin became increasingly involved in individual issues of weapon production and thus left his own personal stamp on Soviet development for decades.

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  2. The same thing happened to foreigners, such as the aforementioned Bartini (when his model Sud 7 crashed in 1937) .Google Scholar
  3. The innocence of the arrested was obvious, as Chkalov had taken off against all common sense in a new plane that had been outside the night before at -24 ° C. See also Jakowlew 1972, p. 80. Google Scholar
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  • Ulrich Albrecht
  • Randolph Nikutta

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