From: Third rock from the Sun.
Yes I have that blurb bookmarked also.
I also have this:
The Soviet Economy and the Red Army: Walter S. Dunn, Jr.
The generally poor quality Russian roads were of little value for longdistance movement until 1943, when large
numbers of four- and six-wheel-drive lend-lease U.S. trucks carried heavy cargos of supplies over long distances. The
Soviet Union possessed few all-weather roads compared to other European countries. In 1928 there were 32,000 km of
hard-surfaced roads and 1,400,000 km of dirt roads. But the five-year plans intended to make some improvements.
The First Five-Year Plan included construction of 117,000 km of roads, including 15,000 km of paved roads. In 1933
the Russians had 40,000 km of paved roads, .5 km per 100 square km. The Second Five-Year Plan included
construction and repair of 210,000 km of roads, including 30,000 paved, 22,400 recovered with gravel, 77,600 graded,
and 80,000 improved. By 1937 there were 400,000 km of graded roads including 70,000 km of paved roads. However,
Russia still had less than 1 km per 100 sq km, compared to 104.9 km per 100 sq km in France and 48.6 in Germany.
Other sources stated that the Soviet Union had 7,100 km of concrete or asphalt roads and 136,300 km of hard-surfaced.
Here is a section of a RKKA 100k topo map 1941 section N36-26 showing the road Smolensk to Vitebsk. The lines on each side of the road show this as a hard surfaced all weather road. If it were in more colors the middle part would be red. There were many such roads. Not just the Smolensk-Moscow road. That's why I never use just one source. Three or more and go with the majority.
< Message edited by Lobster -- 10/17/2021 1:17:35 AM >
"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Wearing blinders and earplugs everything you do is correct.