Monday, 9 October 2017

Cheating at Statistics 20: British Edition

The strange fact is that many people these days take German claims for gospel truth is made even stranger by the fact that skepticism was much more rampant 75 years ago.

National Defense RG 24 C-2 vol. 12305 3/REPORTS/2

To put the German claims in perspective, Soviet forces in Kerch numbered 249,800 men at their peak. According to Isayev's research, their actual losses in the spring fighting were 162,282 men, 4,646 guns and mortars, and 196 tanks. It's highly unlikely that the stragglers that continued fighting after the collapse of the front  managed to dig up thousands of tanks out of thin air. If these kind of claims aren't "greatly inflated", then I am greatly looking forward to seeing what the British thought was excessive overclaim. 

5 comments:

  1. Great info. if only the german superman hero worship would end.....

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    1. How dare you talk about Blitzmensch in that way!

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  2. Gotta love that dry British understatement at the end.

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  3. How about confronting actual german claims in the first place intead of quoting a non-german, british source, which does make an unsubstantiated (e.g. unreferenced) claim of what the germans claimed?

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    1. I am sorry that the British hurt your feelings as much as the Russians do.

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