Attacking Russia Would Become "Military Nightmare", Swedish Paper Warns

The Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), recently examined the most difficult countries in the world to invade, which includes Russia, Switzerland, and New Zealand. The paper said an invasion of Russia would become a “military nightmare” for foreign armed forces. While SvD did not define who precisely that enemy would be, our suspicions point to the countries intertwined with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The topography of the region, distance, and military power are some of the critical components that determine the country’s defensive capabilities, explained the paper.

Topography Map of Russia 

Based on these benchmarks, the Swedish paper said, “whoever thinks the idea of invading Russia must be prepared to handle all kinds of terrain.”

Invading armed forces must face topographical disorientation, as the enemy would face challenging mountain ranges, a vast amount of woodlands, frozen tundra, powerful river systems, and dense forests, the paper warned, adding that temperature volatility — “crispy summers and chilling winters” could present difficulties for troop mobilization efforts.

Common Invasion Routes Into Russia 

“And then we have the Russians themselves, who for thousands of years, having participated in both large-scale wars and guerrilla warfare, gained a lot of experience,” the paper said.

The history of Russia starts around 882 when Kievan Rus established the first Eastern Slavic state. However, the country ceased to exist after a few hundred years. Modern Russia was formed by Grand Duchy of Moscow, which became the Tsardom of Russia. Its traditional starting date is 1283, with the reign of Daniel I, under Mongol rule.

Since then, Russia has dealt with its fair share of attacks. Below is a list of invasions, which does not include revolutions, wars of aggression/expansion, border conflicts, and coalition wars that Russia fought. It is important to note, very few invaders have ever succeeded in conquering Russia.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Transylvania (1558–1582): In the late stages of the Livonian War, a long, confusing, and bloody war in which Russia (under Ivan “the Terrible”) fought with Poland-Lithuania and Transylvania, Russia was invaded in 1577. The city of Pskov was unsuccessfully besieged.

Crimean Khanate (1570–1572): The Crimean Tatar kingdom invaded Russia, defeated a Russian army, and managed to besiege Moscow and burn much of it to the ground, although the invasion itself was ultimately repelled.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1605): A succession dispute in Moscow prompted Poland-Lithuania to throw support behind a pretender czar in order to extend control over Russia. Their invasion, assisted by allied boyar (nobility) and Cossack forces, managed to reach Moscow and install “False Dmitry I” as czar. The Polish maintained their puppet czar for all of ten months, until a revolt threw them out of Moscow.

Swedish Empire (1610–1617): Taking advantage of political instability, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden attempted to install his brother as czar. Though he was unsuccessful in doing so, Sweden captured Novgorod and cut off Russian access to the Baltic for almost a century.

Swedish Empire (1708–1709): Under Charles XII, Sweden invaded Russia as part of the Great Northern War. Scorched earth tactics, a particularly harsh winter, and the Battle of Poltava caused the utter destruction of the Swedish Army.

French Empire (1812): Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Russia. While he captured Moscow, the Russian winter, scorched-earth tactics, Cossack raids, and the Battles of Borodino whittled Napoleon’s army to almost nothing, defeating the French.

Japanese Empire (1904–1905): From 1904, the Imperial Japanese Navy besieged Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War. After destroying the Russian Navy, Japan launched a ground invasion into Russian-held territory, culminating at the Battle of Mukden. This event’s place on this list is questionable, however, as Russia itself was not invaded, and all the fighting took place in Russian-controlled Manchuria and Korea.

German Empire and Austria-Hungary (1914–1917): During World War I, German and Austrian forces made huge territorial gains into Russian territory, even threatening St. Petersburg (Petrograd) by the end of the war. The Russian Revolution and the rise of the USSR ended Russian involvement in the war. The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk made Russia the unequivocal loser, forcing it to give up much territory.

Nazi Germany (1941–1945): Operation Barbarossa was Hitler’s grand scheme to exterminate Jews, Slavs, and Bolsheviks through a complete conquest of the Soviet Union. The Eastern Front of World War II was the bloodiest and most traumatic war ever fought on Russian soil, even though it resulted in eventual defeat of the invaders.

The conclusions made by SvD are supported by hundreds of years of Russian history (see above), as the country “has never been conquered since the creation of a centralized state in Russia in the early 15th century,” said the Russian Times. As for the 29 independent member countries of NATO preparing for war with Russia, we ask one easy question: can NATO pull off a win despite Russia’s long track record of thwarting invasions?

Comments

a Smudge by an… Troy Ounce Mon, 05/21/2018 - 06:16 Permalink

Seriously we need a Swede to tell us this? Actually I nominate this for the Captain Obvious award of the year. Understatement of all time.

Basically, Russia is a rock that would break the back of our empire. It wouldn't be a "military disaster", it would be cataclysm. Hundreds of millions would die. It would plunge the world into a new dark age that would last for centuries. And that's if we don't use nukes. But we would.

Empires go out in flames. At the end, all that matters to the regime is the preservation of the regime. Period.

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fleur de lis NidStyles Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:55 Permalink

You make it seem so easy, and such a sure thing.

It's been tried many times before, and the guaranteed outcome was always a bust.

I did not down vote you but clearly you did not think this through.

Do you think that they would not respond?

And are you sure what the aftermath would look like, and that it would favor us?

They are very different people, and part of the reason we have so many odd problems with them is that our Fed funded the Bolsheviks, which means we assisted in the downfall of their Empire, installed screwballs to govern over them, and put in motion the brutal regime that executed them by the millions.

Then there is the matter of our DC Swampites' aversion to history and facts.

So the Swampites make policy with faulty information, thus guaranteeing us one preventable problem after another.

 

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fockewulf190 a Smudge by an… Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:07 Permalink

There are much bigger threats to humanity than the theoretical war between NATO and Russia.  No nation on Earth is prepared for the next Carrington Event.  All it will take to wipe out most of humanity is the loss of electrical power in any nation which possesses nuclear power plants and storage pool facilities used to keep the spent nuclear fuel rods cooled by water immersion (any exposure to the atmosphere will cause the highly radioactive rods to combust, melt down, and poison the atmosphere).  It‘s bad enough that Fukushima is still leaking  radiation into the Pacific Ocean.  Now imagine 100 or more Fukushimas cooking off with no capability of even rudimentary containment.  It will truly be Game Over.

Just to be clear, the governments of this world KNOW all this, yet do nothing.  

BTW, the chances of another Carrington Event happening is 100%...and it is overdue.

 

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The Chief a Smudge by an… Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:58 Permalink

I hope that while Israel is ordering the U.S. to throw it's ignorant and disenfranchised youth to their certain death in a war with Russia, that someone, somewhere, saves a few bunker busters, fuel-air munitions, and tactical nukes for the puppet master's spiderholes wherever they be found....be they in the rape dungeons of British countryside, the torture caverns of Switzerland, the child-murder dens of Tel Aviv, or in the big homosexual club under the Denver airport.

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Erwin643 a Smudge by an… Mon, 05/21/2018 - 14:48 Permalink

"Captain Obvious." 

Nooooo shit.

"... The Eastern Front of World War II was the bloodiest and most traumatic war ever fought on Russian soil, even though it resulted in eventual defeat of the invaders."

Should be re-written as:

The Eastern Front of World War II was the bloodiest and most traumatic war ever fought in human history and resulted in defeating 90% of the German Army.

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a Smudge by an… css1971 Mon, 05/21/2018 - 06:46 Permalink

Logistics and supply lines are one matter. The fact that Russia is fairly self-reliant in terms of food, energy and internal logistics is another. Quite another fact is that Russians aren't pussified urban metrosexuals lols. They are still tough as nails and they are fiercely patriotic. Very proud people.

I'm not sure what this means in an era of ICBMs and ultrasonic glide weapons. Both sides are capable of inflicting severe damage on the other via these new "conventional" means. I guess the word "conventional" just got substituted for "non-nuclear".

I think the whole world basically expects that the USA Empire will resort to nukes and the balance of world opinion increasingly sees us as the threat we are. So there's a new calculus afoot. Even if these numbers are being computed on abaci. Har har.

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fleur de lis shovelhead Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:13 Permalink

Q: What is the first rule of advertising?

A: Create the need.

NATO has become a massive and growing organization, but it produces nothing.

Welfare on crack and with weapons.

Therefore they have to create enemies -- real or imagined -- to justify the squandering of tax money for nothing but welfare checks.

It helps that the MSM is so ignorant.

So they create a Russian enemy to keep the taxpayers stressed and distracted.

 

 

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Labworks Mon, 05/21/2018 - 04:28 Permalink

Everything in total decay in the west, why do you think they want to attack people.....Swedes couldn't even attack a tree if they wanted...status as the most degenerated white people on the planet

land_of_the_few Labworks Mon, 05/21/2018 - 05:07 Permalink

Didn't Sweden invade the Baltics and kick.out the centuries of Imperial German occupants? (and caused mass unemployment by the way) Seems the Swedes then got kicked out by the Poles who got kicked out by the Tsarist Russians, who kicked out advancing Napoleon with the help.of the Brits ... or something like that :D

There are some interesting star-shaped forts all around all those countries, they have been used by various armies in turn

Plus, bonus, the Brit and French navy ships in the Baltic Sea shelled the advancing German armies after 1917 when the Imperial Russians disappeared, to make sure the "correct" people got "independence" for a few years - to ensure the Brit trading business wasn't interrupted by the Germans.

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