ORIGINAL: Oleg Mastruko
Qbeam, I agree on a day/month/year issue, BUT...
you "Winter as end of the year" guys have to realize it's not the end of the year that would make problems with your proposed system, it's the BEGINNING of the year that would be totally senseless.
In your proposed system, Spring 41 turn would comprise of January, February, March - hardly a "springtime" anywhere on north hemisphere, and certainly not a trace of "spring" in Russia (which was mentioned so many times as prime example of "winter end of the year" logic).
Summer 41 would be April, May, and June - again hardly "summertime" anywhere I know.
July, August and September - hottest months of the year, would be Fall/Autumn????
All this glaring and obvious mistakes just so that you could accomodate your beloved winter in October, November and December, ie Christmas time? Come on...
(Yes, instead of Vivaldi I blame X-Mas with its snowy, Santa imagery for this confusion.)
Actually, no--when I read "Winter '41," in the context of WWII, anyway, I actually think to myself "that means roughly Dec. 1940 through February 1941). Because in the context of the war, what's really at issue is this weather--not the calendar, which is calibrated to the length of days. (As I said in my last post, there's a phase difference between the day-length calendar and the weather calendar.) In Russia, Spring begins with the Rasputitsa, and Winter begins when the snow stops the panzers, regardless of what the calendar says.