Lol. Zhukov never cared for Human life, he did in fact just kept throwing men at it until it died (how you get stories of Germans just firing into a huge crowd of people), which is why he was able to go so fast while the other general he was competing with (forgot his name) cared for human life and still advanced anyway. The commanders were inexperienced and their hero was the ironically bad general Conrad of Austria-Hungary because "He had amazing plans" coincidentally he single handedly crippled the Austrian military because his plans didn't take into account the terrain and lost 1 million men which is too much back then that Germany had to fight for them, with a lack of military the whole nation just collapsed. How he became a hero of the Soviet military commanders is beyond me and inspired the new inexperienced ones that filled the void of the good officers who were there since the revolution.Originally posted by Dmitry28:
Actually your understanding of the russian approach is not correct I must admit. Firstly you keep throwing men usually when you attack trying to break the opposite defense system (like the Allies did in Normandy 1944, the got luck only cause germans didn't have enough troops to hold the coast, and what they have were mainly just inexperienced rookies, besides germans didn't expect the descent and didn't have the plan how to defend accordingly). Russians approach used in Moscow defense operation, in Kursk battle ant etc., was to hold the defensive positions until an enemy attack exhales and then to counter-attack which required the best timing, understanding of enemy plans and great valor. Cause russians didn't have much choice facing the outnumbered and qualitatively better combined and equipped army (the best in the world then) with total air force dominance. But russian generals were very good at solving difficult strategic situations, especially Zhukov with his non-standard mind (do you know who he is?, and what operations he was involved in?). And secondly in the second half war stage there were very well planned offensive and preventive operations to break german defenses and prevent them from counter-attack.
German generals claims concerning new russian reinforcements (new Siberian divisions which appeared from nowhere in their reports to the High Command immediately when they began to experience some difficulties) were just attempts to justify their incapability to break russian defenses.
Ironically the Soviet plans into Finland also didn't take into account the terrain either and they became the laughing stock of Europe. Not to mention how badly prepared the Soviet troops were, they were just surrounded and captured becuase Stalin told them not to fire unless under his direct orders, so communications were cut off and much of the Red army was captured.