Economic Attrition & the Outcome of the War…

Economic or industrial attrition has been the deciding factor in many wars. Will the Russia Ukraine war be any different?

Peter Winn-Brown
18 min readJan 27, 2023
A German made Leopard 2 tank
The fearsome German-made Leopard 2 tanks have long been sought by the Ukrainians. It seems agreements have been reached and both Leopards and US Abrams tanks may finally be on their way, though the timeline for actual delivery may be a bit dicey for the Ukrainians. Image by MICHAEL SOHN/AP in The Times.

In 1941, as Hitler’s German troops ran all before them as they stormed across Europe and North Africa, Churchill pleaded with Roosevelt for America’s intervention before it was too late. Churchill explained that unless the United States took “more advanced positions now, or very soon, vast balances may be tilted heavily to our disadvantage.”

But the American people remained unconvinced, secure in their oceanic isolation and assumed invulnerability that they could last out the war untouched by Europe’s chaos.

Until the tragedy of Pearl Harbor brought reality crashing down onto American shores.

And everything changed from that moment forward.

Russian soldier stands in rubble & takes a photo on his phone of the destruction of Mariupol.
A Russian soldier takes a photo in the aftermath of the destruction of Mariupol. “Hey look Ma! See what I’ve done!”

“Victory! For you we fought for almost 4 years, and now we will never give you up for anything, for anyone.”

RedStar Newspaper in the USSR,1945.

Putin’s grave miscalculation…



Peter Winn-Brown

The past can illuminate the present if we shine the light of inquiry openly, truthfully, with attention to detail & care for the salient facts.