Reekwind, that's quite a bizarre response. You claim it a myth, then go on to state:
He may have been let down by the incompetence/inexperience of his commanders, and there was certainly a gap in training between his German counterpart, but there was no marked difference.
That is precisely why
the Red Army was annihilated in 1941, and again in 1942 - poor leadership. The quality of the individual RA soldier in terms of bravery has never been doubted, by either myself, anyone else here, or by historians alike. You're defending what doesn't need to be defended nor has ever been disputed. I don't quite understand your point at all.
I've certainly never read any book that questioned the integrity or bravery of the Red Army on a base level, and if you have, do please share!
But on that base level, it's undeniable history that the Germany army did steamroll over the Red Army in 1941, almost destroyed it, and did so by being a far superior army in terms of tactical ability - that's more or less a fact, not an opinion...not sure where you're getting this 'myth' angle from.
Not that you'd know any of this from traditional, German influenced, histories. The dominant narrative, as written by ex-Nazi commanders themselves, has the brilliant and dashing Nazi German commanders waltzing into Russia, scattering the barbaric Red Army before being defeated by the cold, Hitler and increasing hordes of faceless Slavs. It is however a thoroughly outdated view designed to avoid admitting that ultimately they lost to the supposedly inferior Red Army. It's a myth
That is history, not opinion. Using adjectives like 'waltzing', 'barbaric', 'faceless', is simply bizarre. Not historian, has ever, ever
referred to the Red Army in such a fashion. Unprepared, ill-equipped, poorly led, perhaps, but definitely not barbaric, or faceless. Faceless perhaps, to symbolize the massive reserves on which the Red Army could draw upon, but that would be about all the credit I could give the word.
German tactical ability was far better in 1941.
The German airforce was far better than its counterpart in 1941.
The average German soldier was better trained in 1941 than his Soviet counterpart.
German tanks were far better than their Soviet counterparts in terms of equipment and doctrine, despite some difficulties with regard head to head comparisons with the likes of the T34 and KV.
Those are not myths, they are fact.