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Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« Reply #180 on: July 11, 2018, 06:12:16 PM »
The GAZ was actually what I meant; I had read that the Ford Model A was a collaboration between Ford and the USSR.  Was it sold under the GAZ label in Russia?
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Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« Reply #181 on: July 12, 2018, 06:07:37 PM »
Could be, I suppose.
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Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« Reply #182 on: July 18, 2018, 11:16:25 PM »
looking up the GAZ factory online Ford and the USSR made an agreement to build a factory in Russia.

I would say that Alexandra's jewelry helped pay for it.

Some American mostly of Russian ancestry went to Russia to work at this plant. The ones still there in the late 1930s where either sent to the Gulag where many did not survive. The US embassy did nothing even though the people were US citizens.

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Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« Reply #183 on: July 26, 2018, 11:35:08 AM »
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The ones still there in the late 1930s where either sent to the Gulag where many did not survive. The US embassy did nothing even though the people were US citizens.

Well, that's what happens when you got to work in a criminal regime like the Soviet Union, especially with a thug like Stalin in charge.
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« Reply #184 on: July 28, 2018, 08:48:49 AM »
The US Ambassador to the USSR 1936-38 was a man named Joesph E Davies he can kindly be described as a "usefull idiot" as Lenin would say see his wiki bio and try not to be totally amazed at his stupidity.

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« Reply #185 on: July 30, 2018, 12:38:30 PM »
Sadly, there were a lot of such "useful idiots' in the first half of the 20th Century.
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« Reply #186 on: August 13, 2018, 05:18:56 PM »
You can't really blame the US workers who went to the USSR to work at GAZ and to their deaths. The US was in the middle of the Great depression and they were unemployed so they went to work in the USSR in order to survive and probably thought they will be back in the US in a few years time. I would like to point out a lot of what was written about the USSR in the early 1930s in the US was positive. After all Walter Duranty of the New York Times who won a Pulizer prize for his reporting in the USSR at this time saying  what a great place it was ect. See the book "Harvest of Sorrow" Robert Conquest.

As for Ambassador Davies he wrote a book about his experiences "Mission to Moscow" with the approval of President Roosevelt that praised Stalin highly ect. This book was a best seller and was made into a movie. One sometimes get the impression Roosevelt didn't really understand what sort of monster Stalin was.

Then besides all the "usefull idiots" there were a number of Americans who spied for the Soviets:
Venona Decoded Soviet Espionage in America TJ Haynes and H Kerr or see Operation Venona on wki
The Sword and the Shield Chris Andrew & Vasili Mitrokoiv

When I was in college there was a discussion about Red China in a class I was taking. I told the Professor that Mao murdered 20 million of his own people. The man looked at me with a stunned look on his face and said he did know that. After class I checked the Book "Terrorism from Robespirre to Arafat" and show him the figure. He and another college professor looked at the book and one said the figures might be off. I pointed out to him the book also mentions hitler killing 12 million people could that figure be off too. they finally agreed with me. Since then the real figure of Mao's murders is 35 to 60 million


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Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« Reply #187 on: August 13, 2018, 05:56:41 PM »
Don't forget Armand Hammer, who met with the Soviets and was given contracts and who served as the conduit to raise Western cash for the USSR by importing and selling off Romanov memorabilia and Imperial Russian antiques from the Soviet Antikvariat. "The Hammer Galleries" toured department stores all across the US in the 1920s and '30's.

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« Reply #188 on: August 20, 2018, 05:25:12 PM »
The book "History's greatest heist" Sean Mcmeekin  also deals with how the Bolsheviks laundered there loot.

The GAZ built by Ford and AMO/Zis/Zil restored by A.J. Brandt Co turned out hundreds of thousands of trucks with out which the red army could not have fought WW II/GPW

There were people who tried to tell the world what monsters Lenin and Stalin were but they were often dismissed as liars or being pro-Nazi.

There have been rumors that US POWs from the Korean and Vietnam wars ended up in the USSR for intelligence purposes. We will never know the full story because I have read that a lot of the old gulag and Cheka records were destroyed.

The Wall Street Journal I believe pointed out some months ago that first lady Eleanor Roosevelt never wrote or said a bad word about Stalin. I believe they also pointed out some of her actions were a cause of a lot of high blood pressure in the US.

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Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« Reply #189 on: September 15, 2018, 06:17:35 PM »
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There have been rumors that US POWs from the Korean and Vietnam wars ended up in the USSR for intelligence purposes.

If this is true, then some of them could still be alive today.
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Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« Reply #190 on: October 08, 2018, 05:26:31 PM »
On youtube there are videos on "Driving a Model T Ford" a  for the time simple rugged reliable car that today looks like a nightmare to drive. I recently read in a magazine that the Lemay Collection of cars in Talcoma Washington was offering lessons on how to drive a Model T.

If anyone thinks a Model t is hard to drive the FWD (Four Wheel Drive) truck one of the most widely used 4 wheel drive trucks of the period. From what I have read is a real monster to drive according to people who drive restored examples. Steer wheel hard to turn, gears that don't shift and no suspension to speak of. With a top speed of 14 MPH.

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« Reply #191 on: October 08, 2018, 06:31:41 PM »
From a Model T enthusiast site:
The pedals aren't in the standard placement that we've grown accustomed to over the last 100 years or so, and in fact, only one of the three pedals does what we might expect from a floor pedal these days. I'm talking about the brake pedal. Yes, the brake pedal stops the car -- but even then, it's in the far-right position (where you would normally find the accelerator pedal). So what are the other two pedals for, you ask? Well, in addition to the brake pedal, you'll find a gear selector pedal that provides first gear (all the way to the floor), neutral (half-way out and used for stopping) and second gear (all the way out). Next to that pedal, you'll find a separate reverse gear pedal. In other words, if you're driving a Model T, you'd better be up for some pretty fancy footwork.

But it's not just your feet that will stay busy in a Model T, your hands will get a pretty good workout, too. Aside from steering the car where you want it to go, with your left hand, you'll be adjusting the firing of the spark plugs (down to advance and up to retard), and with your right hand you'll control the throttle (down to open and up to close).

According to the Car and Driver article, "The odd position of the throttle, brake, and shifter make driving a Model T an archaic and dangerous experience. It's like trying to do the Charleston while loading a musket after a big night at the speak-easy."

But the full Model T experience isn't just about sitting in the driver's seat and, well, driving. Before you can drive it, you have to start it. And, if you ever find yourself behind the wheel of a pre-1919 Model T (prior to being equipped with an electric starter), that can be another challenge. In fact, there's even the very-real risk of breaking an arm each time you start it up -- that is, if the engine backfires.

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Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« Reply #192 on: October 10, 2018, 06:11:44 PM »
Hey, when is this story gonna continue?
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Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« Reply #193 on: October 13, 2018, 12:02:40 PM »
Things have gotten quite hectic of late, so unfortunately I probably won't start posting the last chapter until the holidays.  Apologies
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Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« Reply #194 on: October 15, 2018, 05:22:31 PM »
Pefectly understandable.  Sometimes RL can get in the way.
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