In the Imperium’s 1,100 years of history , there were probably more than one Purge of the military.
A great time for role-playing and adventure, but more than a little terrifying to experience.
Note that The Purge didn’t affect the lower ranks much, so ho-hum PCs have a good chance of surviving it. However, it tended to raise up brain-dead mediocrities while
disappearing executing in public smart non-conformists who back-talked their commanders one time too many.
In peacetime, you can get away with this: especially when the mass media is on your side. But it’s not too smart when the Third Reich (or its equivalent) is gearing up on your borders.
(The original script has no capitals, periods or sentences: I add them here for legibility. Some words were miss-spelt: these are corrected, in square brackets.)
The fact that most of those who can be identified as killed themselves prior to arrest were politically or legal personnel perhaps the chest that they had more idea of the fate awaiting them on arrest and the nature of the purchase than many others. It also seems that some commanders turned to alcohol due to the increased amount of tension and uncertainty: this of course increased the accident rate and then one common [accusation] during the purchase was that of [wrecking] cause and effect might have been the other way around. In case of aviation accidents the number increased by 80 percent from 1936 to 1937 and the number of catastrophic accidents by 70%.
I relate the example to this in regard to the aircraft industry. Since economic planners [in their] production numbers mostly ignored the cost of switching a production line from one type to another, manufacturer managers director [hesitated] when it came to making the necessary conversions. For them, it was [safer] to produce older models and reach the quotas than to risk charges of [wrecking] by pausing to convert the plants to produce more modern aircraft.
Which brings us to the final problem. The overall loss of authority of the Red Army and its officers due to the number of [accusations] of officers being foreign spies from England, France and other non-communist countries the reputation of the military personnel suffered. This went so far [that] some believe the [accusations] and thought that the defeats of Red Army during Operation Barbarossa [were caused by the turnover] of mobilization plans to [the Germans].
In overall the authority of the commanders in the Red Army conducive suffered due to fear, [loss] of reputation and also the lack of experience and age. After all, many were put in command positions with a limited amount of experience in age, which is even a challenge in a relaxed environment in non-military organizations. yet in an organization where [practical] experience is [valued] highly [’cause] keeps your [alive], this certainly undermined the authority of the commanding personnel.
That’s a lot of pain, in the name of ideological conformity! And I didn’t even mention the interrogators who will do whatever to meet their quotas…