The scale of Soviet casualties during the Second World War has always been perplexing , however using the First World War as a comparison can provide perspective and a potential explanation of the mechanism of loss.
Mechanised Corps represented the most expensive divisional sized combat units in the Red Army yet we know relatively little about how they were organised and equipped. Although only a small number of these corps were raised, they were important indicators as to STAVKAs strategic intentions as Mechanised Corps were deployed in many of the key offensives. New information for Russia now allows a more comprehensive look at these interesting units.
While Pamyat Naroda offers some unique opportunities, working with the actual website can be frustrating however there are ways round this using third party software. The second consideration is what is being revealed to us? TsAMO are following a definite policy of releases that have specific objectives, can we see what these are?
The website Pamyat Naroda, "Memory of the People" marked a sea change in the research of the Soviet Union's military effort during the Soviet-German War. The sheer scale of the project alone, the level of detail and the breadth of coverage made it a significant new source with which to counter the previously, largely German written, orthodoxy. Also it began to make the common Soviet soldiers real and human as never before which only heightened the tradegy and loss of the war.