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10 Terrifying RUSSIAN Weapons of WAR


Between a post-World War II habit of exaggerating
the military prowess of the Third Reich, the amazing performance of Finnish soldiers during
the 1939-1940 Winter War, and the fact the Soviet Union eventually collapsed, there’s
a tendency to believe that the Russian military was a badly run and worse-equipped rabble. They were given inferior weapons to Western
powers at all times, and it was only sheer numerical advantage and a suicidal devotion
to country that they were able to defeat the Nazis and keep control of numerous satellite
countries. We happen to know better, though. Through much of its history Russia hasn’t
merely had large ranks of dedicated fighters. It’s possessed cutting edge weaponry that
has put its arrogant rivals to shame and struck fear in the hearts of conquered people that
might otherwise revolt. Woe be to any enemy that had to face soldiers
that possessed these… 10. Katyusha Rocket Launcher In June 1941 when the Third Reich invaded,
only forty of these had been built in the Soviet Union. By 1943, 3,237 of them were in service. A collection of angled rocket platforms might
sound ridiculously inefficient, but it was actually the fact they used platforms instead
of precisely calibrated artillery barrels that these weapons were so economical. Being relatively light, it was also much easier
for them to be repositioned between volleys so that Reich artillery found it harder to
get a bead on them when they returned fire. They had a maximum range of about six miles. Despite being woefully inadequate in terms
of precision aiming, were particularly unnerving for Wehrmacht troops, who gave them the nickname
“Stalin’s Organ.” 9. T-34 Medium Tanks World War II buffs are often more familiar
with the German Panzer or Tiger tanks, but early in the war all Wehrmacht models paled
before this medium tank, the weapon which was credited with saving Moscow from Operation
Barbarossa. Heavily armored yet with weight widely dispersed,
early Reich anti-tank shells both from their own armored vehicles and artillery simply
bounced off as these tanks drove nimbly over mud that heavier German tanks got bogged down
in. It would take years before the Germans began
to employ artillery shells against them (i.e. the infamous 88 mm) that could pierce their
armor. Indeed, more Russian casualties were suffered
as a result of initially inadequate training than because of enemy firepower. The Red Army began the war with 1,000 of these
tanks. By the time they saved Moscow, there were
2,800 of them built. Over the course of the war there would be
tens of thousands. For a time, Hitler actually used these tanks
to gloat over his advisers. After all, he had demanded heavier tank armaments,
and here came the Soviets with exactly the sorts of weapons he wanted and pounding his
armored divisions. The Wehrmacht distributed propaganda to their
own tanks crews which openly said that the T-34 had been the best tank in the world (erroneously
claiming that had changed because the new Tiger tank was superior). So much for supposed Germanic superiority. 8. The Mosin-Nagant Rifle The sniper rifle of choice for the Red Army
during WWII, even during the early days of the war when routs by the Wehrmacht were the
order of the day, snipers wielding this weapon gave the German army some grievous casualties. As National Interest reports, a single ambush
in September 1941 resulted in a handful of snipers inflicting seventy-five casualties
on one German infantry regiment. It was a hard-won lesson for the Soviets,
considering that it was the very weapon that Simo “White Death” Hayha used to kill
542 of their soldiers in 1939-1940. However, it was so invaluable to the USSR
that Field and Stream reports a staggering 80% of all firearm casualties inflicted on
German soldiers were through the use of this weapon. 7. Baltic Sea’s Chemical Weapons No one has more cause to fear these weapons
that the Russians themselves, and their Baltic neighbors. Although they were never used against the
Axis powers during World War II, the Soviet Union built an arsenal of fifteen thousand
tons of chemical weapons, among them sulfur mustard in artillery shells. When the war finished, the Soviet Union simply
dumped all the weapons into the Baltic Sea. Similar acts were done by Great Britain and
the United States of America, but they had requirements that the dumping had to be in
waters more than a kilometer deep. It happened the Baltic Sea was a bad choice
since its average depth is only a relatively shallow 150 meters; shallow enough that such
commercially important fish as cod can swim to the sea floor. There have already been reports of Polish
fisherman that have suffered the results of mustard gas poisoning from handling poisons
that leaked from these discarded weapons, and Smithsonian Magazine reported in 2016
that many cod caught near dumping sites in the Baltic Sea were showing illnesses and
developmental problems that indicated the leaked chemicals were adversely affecting
them. It was bad tidings for customers of fish caught
in those areas. Bear all this in mind when we return to the
subject of Russian chemical weapons later. 6. M240: Mobile Howitzers In these days of drones and similar military
technology, artillery pieces may seem hopelessly outdated as a practical weapon. The Russian military and its clients, however,
continue to use them to devastating effect on targets both military and civilian. It fires 221-pound, 1.5-meter-long shells,
which are twice the size of the largest mortar weapons in service in the U.S. Armed forces. The shells are loaded by crews of nine people
at a rate of one round per minute. Targets have included Israeli fortifications
during the Yom Kippur War and Six-Day War, strongholds for terrorists in Afghanistan,
and Beirut. During Russia’s second war with Chechnya
from 1999 to 2000, cities such as Grozny were particularly devastated by this weapon. More recently, it was one of the weapons of
choice for Bashar Al-Assad to wreck the city of Homs 5. The Deadliest Submarine of WWII While most of our other entries have focused
on entire makes and models of weapons, for this one we’re focusing on a single vessel. In fact, we’re focusing primarily on a single
attack; a chilling one even by the cruel standards of the Eastern Front. On January 30, 1945, the Kriegsmarine ship
Wilhelm Gustloff took off from the Gulf of Danzig with 10,000 refugees that were bound
for the relative safety of Kiel, Germany. However, the Soviet submarine S-13, commanded
by Alexander Marinesko, intercepted the massively overloaded vessel. It fired four torpedoes – one of which jammed
in the torpedo tube and very nearly sank the submarine itself. Wilhelm Gustloff was struck by the three torpedoes,
one of which caused an explosion in the engine room that cut all power, plunging the ship
into darkness as it sank over the next 90 minutes without being able to send a distress
message. 9,000 of the 10,000 people aboard perished. This was a ship that contained 5,000 children. Despite the grim nature of the torpedo attack,
S-13 became a venerated vessel. Captain Marinesko was named a Hero of the
Soviet Union. The vehicle itself was included on postage
stamps. Goes to show just how furious the population
of the Soviet Union was that the deaths of thousands of children would be considered
worth celebrating. Not all stories of heroes are heartwarming. 4. K-278: Nuclear Submarine If there’s something that’s more frightening
than a nuclear weapon held by a belligerent but ultimately rational nation, it’s a nuclear
weapon that could be in anyone’s hands. That’s the liability that was created by
this submarine. Specifically, the disaster that befell this
submarine. Launched on May 30, 1983, K-278 was an experimental
double-hulled submarine and part of a line of prototypes called the Komsomolet (“Member
of the Soviet Youth”). Able to descend 3,346 feet, it was functional
at depths more than double those of the deepest diving American submarine and well below where
American torpedo systems functioned. However, in 1989 while operating in the Norwegian
Sea, a fire broke out in the aft section, and the crew spent the next six hours attempting
to fight it. But since a major air supply valve was feeding
it, the effort was hopeless. In the evacuation, roughly two-thirds of the
crew perished, mostly from the cold water while waiting to be rescued. The submarine, with its arsenal of two nuclear
missiles, ended up at a depth of 5,250 feet. It wasn’t until 1998 that the Russian government
claimed it had fully closed off the submarine through several expeditions. But there were two ominous aspects to that. The first was that the submarine was located
over a major fishing route, which was reminiscent of the chemical weapons dumps in the Baltic
Sea. The other was that it was claimed there was
evidence of “unauthorized visits” to the submarine crash site by “foreign agents.” The possibility that the nuclear weapons could
have fallen into the hands of even a non-governmental group is quite chilling, even if it didn’t
quite happen. 3. 40,000 Tons of Chemical Weaponry Despite signing the Geneva Convention in 1960,
which banned the production of chemical weapons, and deciding to dump their massive WWII-produced
supply in the Baltic Sea, by 2017 Russia had produced 40,000 tons of chemical weapons. The United States of America was similarly
guilty, so in 1993 they signed an agreement to dispose of their weapons and both utterly
failed to meet repeatedly delayed headlines. The Russian government claimed in September
2017 that they had finally destroyed all their shells of sarin gas, soman gas, mustard gas,
and so forth, leaving only one percent of all forms of chemical weapons to be dealt
with. What would normally be a cause of celebration
became significantly more uncertain when on April 4, 2017 eighty Syrian people were killed
in what evidence indicated was a chemical weapons attack by Bassar Al-Assad. How much of a role Russia’s chemical weapons
stockpile played in this left nations around the world concerned since Vladimir Putin had
already been belligerent in occupying Ukraine in 2014 and later actions in Syria. Russia also vetoed chemical weapon probe extensions
by the United Nations. Whatever the truth is in this matter, it’s
hard to deny that Russia had a point when it was noted the American military had missed
more deadlines in destroying their own chemical weapons stockpile. 2. RS-28 Sarmat Nuclear Missile When NATO dubs a nuclear weapon “Satan 2,”
you can understand anyone feeling a bit uneasy about the fact it’s part of a launching
system that will allow it to be fired anywhere on Earth. The RS-28 is a weapon that began development
in 2011 and is expected to be put into active service in 2018. It is stated to weigh one hundred metric tons
with a range of 6,200 miles. More importantly, it is also supposedly fitted
with cutting edge stealth technology, so targets will hardly be able to see it coming. Not that there’s much that the other nations
could do about it depending on their size. According to the Russian military, the nuclear
detonation of this weapon is so extreme that it was said that a single missile could destroy
all of France or, as they more pointedly claimed, Texas. It remains unlikely that it will ever be fired. But ask yourself: Can you really say stranger
things haven’t happened? 1. Explosives Disguised as Toys Between 1979 and 1988, 13,000 Soviet troops
would be killed in the invasion of Afghanistan and more than 33,000 would be wounded, losses
which would compel the Soviet military to turn to truly heinous weapons as part of tactics
that could only reasonably be described as terrorism. As the New York Times reported in 1985, the
UN’s Commission on Human Rights had found that the occupying forces were leaving piles
of objects which would desirable to children in villages. They included matchboxes, hollow radios, harmonicas,
and most notably toy birds with switches embedded in the wings. Like most mines, the intent was not to kill
the children, but to grievously wound them with severed limbs which would remind everyone
who saw them for years after how high the cost of incurring the Soviet Army’s wrath
could be.

100 thoughts on “10 Terrifying RUSSIAN Weapons of WAR

  1. The shape of the "butterfly" mines the Russians used in Afghanistan was governed by aerodynamic principles. The butterfly shape made it easier to disperse them from the air.

  2. Mosin nagant was The standard rifle. (And sniper rifle) But back in The day bolt action didn't mean sniper, just main battle rifle

  3. The Finnish mosin nagant is completely different then the Russian mosin nagant. The Finnish I would want to buy. The Russian is referred to by some as the garbage stick. The Russian is not as accurate. It comes down to numbers.

  4. Hey, I'm American, and don't speak Russian, but it always cracks me up to hear somebody that can't pronounce 'linked ' vowels (my term) other than the ones that they're used to. Like the YU in Katyusha, or KV as in Kvant. They are pronounced in one sound, not split into two. Kat -You – Sha. (Katie.) (I have no idea how to make Kvant (Quantum) into English vowel sounds).

  5. That the Soviet Union was brutal is undisputed. But to be fair and balanced, let's have a similar 10 terrifying US Weapons of War / atrocities
    In that you can include such incidents as the indiscriminate use of napalm & Agent orange (and throw in references to Mi Lai), the Korean war and American soldiers machine-gunning hundreds of civilians under railroad bridge in Korea (No Gun Ri), the gay bomb, the halitosis bomb,etc.
    The Cold War was an excuse by both sides to display the worst that humanity has to offer. Of course with the Progressive Neo-McCarthyism enveloping the US and its media on the one hand and Vladimir Putin on the other, we seem to be headed back to that station.

  6. Simon, you're kinda messing up names!

    I've seen you do it in countless videos!

    It is so annoying! please stop doing it! Check the pronunciations PLEASE!

  7. Anyone noticed that he called the t34 t35 and also my whole school is very sad because yesterday morning our vice-principal, David Frerichs jumped from the mount hope bridge, fell more than 200 feet and died when he hit the water

  8. Ive been thinking why on earth super power dont make a stealth suicide nuclear plane i ussually think are these people dumb

  9. We all remember how Hitler ranted to his Generals when he found out that Russians have the perfect Tank.The T34.It led to paranoia in WEHRMACHT.After 43 it was the Wegrmacht that was holding whit sheer fanaticism and fear.They even threw German kids into War

  10. Hitler called Russians as to Jewified.The same as he called Americans.Yet he got his ass handed to him when he provided this 2 colosoal powers on himself

  11. worth noting that the Germans must have known the power of the 88 as an AT gun before ww2, otherwise Rommels 7PD could not have used them in the anti tank role at the Battle Of Arras against the RTR's Matilda tanks, as they were so successful at Arras it begs the question why the Germans did not get focus on such a multi-purpose system rather than smaller AT and AA guns especially as the 88 could be towed by a half track

  12. U.N. investigations said that chemical attacks were of US sponsored "freedom fighters" not of Assads regime forces just so you know

  13. Hmmmm interesting it's said 10 terrifying Russians weapons of war,but mostly he's talking about is how bad was soviet union or Russia today,….so instead of the 10 terrifying weapons we got his misleading opinions trying by to portray the worst of something he doesn't like,…
    …..misleading and out of touch …
    Misleading ….

  14. Making Toy bombs and using them against children in Afghanistan by Russia ( USSR ) was very very Inhumane thing.
    I want to ask Russian Army that if someone else do the same thing to their children can they bear it. Can they watch their children living their entire lives without Legs or Arms.
    Well I want to tell Russians that its happening right now in Afghanistan where thousands of parents have watched their Kids ( Their Souls & Part of Their Flesh ) living a life like Cripples. Those kids later on became Commanders of Taliban`s and Al-Qaeda.
    I want to ask just one question from the whole world and the question is that WHO`S FAULT IS IT THAT AFGHAN PEOPLE BECAME EXTREMISTS ?
    Answer my question with your Heart. And by the way I am PAKISTANI.
    Thanks.

  15. Not saying I condone it, but I can see how the submarine captain could be seen as a hero. That's 5,000 kids, that can't grow up to bear arms against Russia!

  16. Your research on the T34 is woefully inadequate. Not once did you even mention sloped armour,the main reason for it`s success. The T34 deserves a full video dedicated to it.Anything less is a grave injustice to the little tank that could

  17. Nuclear weapons will be used. I have ZERO doubt of that. The biggest issue is where and how many. I have lived a long time, and the Nuclear weapons states are itching to use their weapons. Russia is ruled by a man whose biggest disappointment in life was the fall of the USSR. Actually, I understand that as I love my country as well and wish it were once it once was. The World is still haunted by Adolph Hitler who brought forth into national conscious both (1) giving into a small aggression only leads to a larger war and (2) never again. The United States is not the same nation it was prior to 9-11-2001. 9-11 was like Pearl Harbor and so the US has become 'pro-active.' We have a 'pro-active' USA, Russia wishing for its glory days of the USSR and China become richer and better armed. The Atomic or Nuclear bomb being developed by N. Korea up ended both the idea of non-proliferation, ignited the re-arming of Japan and the US falling out of love with Russia and China as reliable partners for peace. Russia keeps placing itself in front of the USA [discounting Crimea as being a military port grab where Russia had a Port since before the USA became a nation] – election propaganda, BRIC's, taking Cuba's place as leader of the 3rd World and now Syria where Russia is developing a "Jewish enemy' mentality. In the long run, things look more 'Nuclear' all the time – inevitable so. (1) Where ? (2) How many ? (3) Can it be managed….those are the questions, not when the Nukes will fly – but will we be able to manage the conflict.

  18. Wilhelm Gustslav have grey military paint, and considered like military ship. Their crew have no right for transport refugees, especially children.

  19. How would you hide the heat plume of an ICBM at launch?
    How do you stop the launch sites themselves from being observed?

    I have a feeling, if that thing is launched, the response won't be to shoot it down but to retaliate in full….

  20. Too biased.
    Wilhelm Gustloff had been fitted with anti-aircraft guns, was not marked as a hospital ship and was transporting military personnel (about 1000).

  21. The Gustav carried Germans who willingly took over conquered Russian lands, displacing all Russian citizens by force.

    Hence, the people onboard was not exactly innocent refugees, but a legitimate military target.

  22. check facts, gusloff had at least 5000 german soldiers on board…legit target, same as lusitania which was !warned in the newspaper! it would be sunk… 🙂 more propaganda.

  23. I claim the t34 tank the most produced tank ever Russian was was the most technologically-advanced tank at the time quote Adolf Hitler

  24. Simon You should do a video about your mother due to the obvious hilarity that would result from the consequent nomenclature.

  25. Mula Umer the Chief Commander of Afghan Taliban was blind in one eye. He lost it in similar incident. So you can guess what harm came next.

  26. BAR BA ROSSA!
    If you are presenting a top-10 weapons, stick to the technical effectiveness and use. Leave your political views aside, the video ends up being cheap propaganda anti-Russia.

  27. Very crafty Zionist Jew history revisionist attempting to blame Russia and Assad for the "false flag" chemical weapons attacks in Syria on Russia's chemical weapons overall past program.
    This vailed distortion of history is what gives me the creeps and audio shutdown when I am listening to people who start talking fast, while presenting no context or connective evidence to what they are presenting as fact in the near past or present…your merely a Russian hating freak hiding in plain site and should be band from YOUTUBE.
    Perfect example of the FAKE NEWS meaning and the dangerous ways to get a lot of innocent people killed accept yourself!!!

  28. Russian M240's outranges all US Arty except the 8" gun if I am correct. But can't outrun Air Superiority!!! Which the US dominates.

  29. You're talking about the 91/30 Mosin Nagant right? The gun was bottom of the barrel tier that could still be expected to work as a service rifle. It was just cheap and reliable enough to work. If you wanted to get really in depth you should have looked at the PPSH or the SKS.

  30. Uh oh your title has “Russian” in it, here comes the wave of pissy comments regardless of the videos content. I swear Russians are without a doubt the most sensitive and insecure group of people on the internet. It would be laughable if it also wasn’t so sad to behold.

  31. This guy has something fishy in whatever he's actually saying and what he actually waana say …just think about his name ! …🐠?🦈

  32. Simon, please work on pronunciation. The 'w' in German is pronounced like the English 'v'. And so on. Surely, as you do your excellent research, you can check the pronunciation.

  33. now i know why russia ally with china they are the same evil OMG..im very disappointed on you president putin..sigh

  34. #6 the Nagant was designated as a sniper rifle, instead, it was the standard infantry rifle – it just happened to be used by Russian snipers because it was an accurate weapon, has an obscene range and a big, heavy round that can drop a moose.

    I've got one myself dating from 1944 and if I could only grab one rifle as my survival rifle for an apocalypse, I'd take my Nagant.

  35. A ship full of 5000 children.. in a war zone… in the middle of a winter night. this video is full of propaganda

  36. The Mosin-Nagant Rifle is highly overrated and technologically inferior to the Kar 98, wich the Wehrmacht used. The engineers at Mauser were just far more talented than the engineers at Mosin-Nagant and the precision with wich the guns were manufactured was far better in Germany than it was in Russia, so I don't see what's so terrifying about the Mosin-Nagant compared to other surplus bolt action rifles of that time period.

  37. While wrong information is a common feature in Simon's series this is even worse than the usual. What evidence of chemical weapon use by Bashar al-Assad can you produce Simon? You shouldn't believe the lies posted my American media my friend, it makes you look foolish.

  38. Excellent. I am a combat veteran, and I have been on receiving end of Soviet weapons.

    I am not old enough to have worried about fighting USSR, but as a student of history I can't help but study The Soviet Boogieman; From helmet to ICBM, Russia mass produces proven, scientific design and I like to see when others also appreciate it.

  39. What russia falls regarding modern weaponry compared to other nations like the us, it has always had a great sense of penny pinching when it came to war. For example, while the us may have a top of the line assault rifle in each of their soldiers hands, the Russians can easily make 3 or 4 rifles for the same price. Obviously having more rifles than soldiers is useless, but this comes to everything.. like the t34 tanks, aircraft, artillery, etc etc. Its pretty cool.

    Hiding explosives in toys was pretty horrible though. The Russians can be pretty brutal. Why would anyone want to hurt children? I get it if your army takes alot of casualties that youd want to get back at the fighting age males, but harming children is just depressing.

  40. Wow 2 major mistakes in this video:
    1- operation Barbossa? Seriously??
    2- october 30th 1945??? the war in Europe ended in MAY 1945. The heck you talking about?

    Listen, if you can’t dissiminate factual information for the sake of expediency and producing as many videos as possible for the $$$, please just stop.

  41. I think T34 still is the most mass produced tank ever. You can say one tank is better than another but different armies had different requirements which also change over different battlefields and as their own/enemy equipment and tactics/situations develop/evolve. In general modern Russian military equipment tends to have less bells and whistles than western counterparts and be more economical.

  42. It's not a worry that Russia has powerful weapons, the worry is the U.S having powerful weapons.
    America starts all the wars and invades countries that are not even close and /or no threat.
    America is the worst terrorist nation.

  43. After I watched this video, I began to respect Russia and Russians even more. After all, the Russians have to continuously fight for centuries with such a vile, deceitful, and dishonorable enemy as the West.

  44. Enemy at the gates is a tight tight movie about a pesent sniper from the Urals I don't remember his name but I believe it's based on real events, if you've never it, it's one of the best war movies and a rere look at the Red armies experience

  45. I'm surprised artillery would be useful at all, given the fact that half the time, these guns don't seem to get where they're supposed to be. Watch just about any "Bad Russian Drivers" video and you're pretty much guaranteed at least one clip of one of these guns rolling haphazardly down the street with about a dozen soldiers running after it.

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