I saw a documentary about the battle of (or for) Moscow by the Nazis during WW II. The Nazi forces came extremely close to capturing Moscow, and reportedly Stalin serious considered abandoning the city, to re-establish Soviet forces to the east.
By December 7, the Soviet armies had suffered incredible losses, and the situation was beyond dire, with so many unknowns to be factored in - but then Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in a sneak operation, and Stalin knew that the US would enter the war. That fact played some part in his decision not to leave Moscow, and Hitler was reportedly both surprised and furious with the Japanese for launching the attack before he'd been able to take Moscow.
Mind you, there's nothing the US did, other than declare war on Japan on December 8, then on Germany on December 11 (hours after Hitler declared war on the US), but it was a strong piece of propaganda which could give some increased hope against the German war machine.
The US can't take any credit for what the Soviet armies did against the Nazis in the battle of Moscow, but the Japanese attack on Dec. 7 was just one of the stupidest political mistakes the Axis powers made in WW II. If Japan had consulted with Hitler before launching its attack, or just waited a month, that faint glint of help from afar would not have appeared. It changed the complexion of the war immediately, because Stalin knew that, eventually, Hitler would have to deal with both the British and the Americans, sapping some of the strength from the German armies invading Russia.
you repeat like a parrot the «official» version. The ugly truth is that Roosevelt was a bolshevik as much as is father Ted and president Wilson. Japan had no choice because of the oil embargo (to help Stalin) and because the fleet in P.H. was protecting the british oil field in Indonesia. Germans had no choice to invade because Stalin broke the secret covenant by annexing n. Bucovina and amassed large troops all along western soviet borders, specially in Bucovina. the soviets were supplying the oil (and other ressources) to the Germans before the invasion, and if they had invaded Romania, Germans would not have any oil for the war. Stalin had prepared 21 millions soldiers for the war (with supplies from the U.S. from the beginning), so he was assured to have the victory and invade Europe as a savior. But with only 3 millions soldiers, with less equipments and supplies, the Germans succeeded to scare the hell out of the bolsheviks in the Kremlin and Washington.
Theoretically it could be «седьмо́е число́» («Сего́дня седьмо́е число́ декабря́» sounds OK), but I don't think it describes anything at all. Neuter singular adjectives are often used without a noun, as in the proverb «лу́чшее — вра́г хоро́шего» 'perfect is the enemy of good'.
число is pretty obscure. as "day (of the month)" I found it as the 3rd definition in Katzner's dictionary.
This is a failing of Duo - putting this stuff out without explaining what's going on, when a simple explanation is not that hard to come up with.
If it weren't for [deactivated user], I don't know if I would ever have figure it out. That is such poor teaching, it's more than irritating.
I'm still confused by the grammar.
- Is седмое neuter and in the nominative case?
Neuter because it refers to the implicit word число́ mentioned by 'deactivated user' above? So are the days of the month always stated with an implicit reference to this neuter word?
Nominative because it's the predicate?
- дека́брь is a masculine noun. So it's in the genitive case here, because we're saying "of December"?