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August 1937

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On 5 August 1937, The Soviet Union commences one of the largest campaigns of the Great Purge, to eliminate anti-Soviet elements. Within the following year, at least 724,000 people are killed on order of the troikas, directed by Joseph Stalin. This was an offensive that targeted social classes such as the kulaks, ethnic or racial backgrounds which were seen as non-Russian, and Joseph Stalin's personal

Z17 Diether von Roeder Destroyer
Launched 19 August 1937

T7 Torpedo boat
Laid down 20 August 1937

F9 Escort
Commissioned 21 August 1937

T8 Torpedo boat
Laid down 28 August 1937

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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