One effective strategy of war: just not giving a damn.

Russian military commanders (specifically Stalin) are well-trained in the art of not caring. Check this out:

Winter, 1941: It’s the Battle of Moscow, and German troops are knocking on Russia’s door less than a few dozen miles from the capital. The worn-out, discouraged Red Army is fighting against fresh, well-trained German troops, but that’s okay: nothing that a healthy dose of not giving a damn can’t handle!

Tada! The Soviet Union's secret weapon.

Stalin ordered his troops to fight to the very last man and not budge an inch , because apparently retreating is only for weaksauce generals (like Nathaniel Greene and Peter the Great). This might not seem like that big a deal for the Russians, just chillin’ on their home-turf, but keep in mind — this is Germany’s best chance of winning the war, and they want Moscow more than a fat guy wants ice cream.

I dare you, try and steal that.

On top of that, the Russian winter had arrived in full force, and so the Russians had to hold their ground in temperatures that were 43 degrees below freezing.

Unfortunately, this wasn't always the case.

Stalin was actually so adamant in his request, he set up special blocking units whose sole purpose was to shoot anyone who tried to run. I will repeat that. He encouraged his troops to shoot each other to teach them a lesson. Now that is not giving a damn (at least, not giving a damn about his troops’ well-being).

By the way, for those of you who just got out of a 70-year-long coma (in which case, congrats!), the Soviets were indeed on the winning side of World War II. So yes, not giving a damn worked.


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