The Il-2 attack aircraft began to leave the factory workshops in February 1941 of the year, and by the beginning of the Great Patriotic War 249 of such vehicles were produced. The first combat units, in service of which this aircraft was located, were formed just before the war. In the assault regiments stationed in the western military districts of the USSR, at the time of the Nazi invasion, there were about 60 IL-2.
These winged vehicles really came as a complete surprise to the enemy, and their combat use justified the innovative approach of Sergei Ilyushin in creating an aircraft for direct support of ground forces. The diverse composition of the IL-2 weapons made it possible to hit a variety of targets: infantry, transport convoys, Tanks, artillery batteries, trains, etc. This was combined with good speed and maneuverability for its class, as well as armor protection that was very well thought out in terms of work on the ground. But at the same time, in the harsh realities of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, with a lack of fighter escort (Germans raided our airfields to a large extent during the first hours of the war), the serious shortcoming of “Il” —the extreme vulnerability of the rear hemisphere to enemy fighter fire — drew attention. The tail was plywood and was not “covered” by a machine gunner.
Enhanced Il-2 double attack aircraft first appeared on the front in the fall of the 1942 year. The plane lost a little in speed and maneuverability, but attacks from behind have already ceased to be of mortal danger.
“And the Pe-2 bomber came as a surprise to German intelligence. He was superior to any German bomber, especially in speed ”(p. 101). We lost to the “pawn” according to the indicated index and our fighters I-16. For clarity: the maximum speed of the I-16 (type 29, the latest modification of the donkey) was 470 km / h. Pe-2 dive bomber developed 482 km / h. I compare airplanes belonging to different classes, not to humiliate the outstanding for its time fighter AND-16, but to once again point to the state in which the Soviet armed forces met the enemy. Conducted a gradual and deep retooling.
It should be noted that the Pe-2 “dive bombers” to 22 on June 1941 of the year 458 units were transferred to the Air Force, of which 42 machines were counted in the western military districts of the USSR.
Viktor Suvorov completely ignores the real state of our army on the eve of the war. He portrays it as “snickering” in qualitative and quantitative terms: this is what an aggressor army should look like! And that is why Rezun “forgot” to mention in his essay about fighters I-16 and I-153.
In response to the fact that the damned "Marxist historians" and their accomplice Georgy Zhukov describe the Red Army of that period not as "snickering," the author of "Suicide" writes: "... they need to prove that the Soviet Union could not invade Europe They need to demonstrate weakness ”; "... they say, Stalin's army was frail ..."; “Marxist propagandists declared that Vanka the Fools were stupid and inferior, completely unprepared for war ...” (all quotes taken from page 142).
Feel free to go to extremes, friends! If the Red Army was not "frail", then it means that it was completely ready for war (first of all for an invasion). In the last quote I quoted, we can see Viktor Suvorov in all his glory: he is trying to enlist our warm support in slandering our own storiesby pushing on "justice".
“The enemies of the people” (or rather, Rezun personally) for some reason are also silent: “For example, they write that Germany threw 3410 tanks against the Soviet Union. But for some reason they were ashamed to say that ALL German tanks were obsolete. And how many tanks did the peace-loving Soviet Union have? Silence was our answer. And how many planes did we have? Again a secret. Undiscovered ”(p. 14).
To begin, let's look into the most "silent". Our "researcher" also understands, but not with her, but with Georgy Zhukov, who for some reason does not want to be silent. Understands in a truly liberal style, saying a generous tear: “From 1917 to 1941, it's almost a quarter of a century. Over the years, the Marxists (and Zhukov among them) exterminated tens of millions of people, slaughtered entire estates and generations, spent tens of thousands of tons of gold, destroyed the great culture that was able to give the world Tolstoy, Gogol, Repin, Tchaikovsky, and repossess (and after the war and ruined) the nature of the country. And the question arises: for what? Zhukov has to justify himself: for the sake of weapons. “From January 1939 to 22 on June 1941, the Red Army received more than seven thousand tanks” (Memoirs and reflections. M .: APS, 1969. P. 205). “According to updated archive data, from 1 January 1939 of the year to 22 June 1941, the Red Army received 17 745 combat aircraft from the industry” (ibid. P. 209) ”(p. 17).
Bravo! Rezunov's “slender evidence base” was saved from the meanings of the mean Zhukov: the marshal cites those figures only because he “has to justify himself” for the years spent solely on weapons! We didn’t have, you understand, success in cinema (for example, the film “Peter the Great” won the big gold medal of the Paris World Exhibition in 1937), there were no literary achievements (Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel “The Quiet Don” is one of the most significant) masterpieces of painting were not created (“New Moscow” by Pimenov, etc.) ... Education was not improved - the basis of the culture and development of the state as a whole ... There was nothing! And Zhukov only "justify" remains. Well, Victor Suvorov triumphantly rejoices: “All the inventions about our frailty and underdevelopment, which are contained in Zhukov’s so-called memoirs, are also refuted by this book” (p. 19).
Or maybe they’re “refuted” because Zhukov didn’t try to portray us as “frail” and “backward”? I consider it necessary to give the floor to Georgy Konstantinovich, whom Rezun did not give “justification” as follows: “According to updated archival data, from January 1, 1939 to June 22, 1941, the Red Army received 17 combat aircraft from industry, of which 745 new types of aircraft. A new stage of development has begun aviation. TsAGI was almost completely reconstructed, and new design bureaus for military aviation are being created. Talented designers S.V. Ilyushin, A.I. Mikoyan, S.A. Lavochkin, V.M. Petlyakov, A.S. Yakovlev, together with their young teams, give military aircraft Yak-1, MiG-3, Lag-3 fighters 2, the Il-2 attack aircraft, the Pe-1969 dive bomber and many others — only about twenty types ”(Memoirs and Reflections. M.: APN, 209. p. XNUMX).
To be continued ...