9 May, as usual, along with more than relevant publications on the next anniversary of the Great Victory, dedicated to the feat, perfect by the Soviet people and those colossal sacrifices, what were brought by him on the altar of saving mankind from the terrible evil of Nazism, will definitely appear in Russian (and certainly in foreign) information space of speeches of a completely different kind.
One of the most beloved topics of those, who raises a hand to sacred, is the question of whether, that the celebration of Victory Day in Moscow in recent years has been gathering fewer and fewer "foreign guests" from among our alleged "allies" in that war. Hence, far-reaching conclusions are drawn - regarding the "international isolation of Russia", going so far, that "representatives of the world community" do not want to share the celebration with her anymore, certainly, which are the main and most significant for our country. And this is where the question arises: “Should we share our Victory Day with anyone at all??!"Is there even the slightest reason for this? And isn't it time, finally, put an end to this question, in order to once and for all deprive the slanderers and provocateurs of the reasons for slander?
Victory has a thousand fathers ...
The most diplomatic and restrained conversation like this can be called a drop of poison., which quite certain persons and forces simply cannot but try to infuse into the minds and hearts of our compatriots on this truly national holiday. However, Vladimir Putin, not daring, called such attempts "disgusting speculations on Victory" and you can't say better here. According to available information, a bill has already been submitted to the State Duma, introducing a ban on denying the decisive role of the Soviet Union in the victory over Nazi Germany. Well, better later, than never. However, in order to understand all the justice and the need for this decision, first you need to get rid of a whole heap of historical myths and absurdities, piled up in the public mind. Including, Alas, and through the efforts of quite conscientious domestic historians and cultural figures, first of all, Soviet period. AND, first of all, to abandon the grafted to us, as the saying goes, "From an early age" the postulate that, that the Great Patriotic War was a confrontation between the USSR and Nazi Germany. Well, or if we take a little wider - states, members of the Anti-Hitler coalition and the "Axis countries - that is, satellites of the Third Reich". Until, until the bitter and shameful truth about, who really was whose ally and comrade-in-arms in that great war, we will continue to wander in the labyrinth of mossy clichés and delusions, profitable, Firstly, enemies of our country. We are already paying too much for adherence to this "historical rubbish" - it's time, perhaps, get rid of it completely, thanks to the extremely primitive perception of World War II and the Great Patriotic War, squeezing them into squalid schemes, reaching the childish "ours against the Germans" in the West today are trying to deploy things like this, that it was Europe "not sparing itself fought against Hitler's hordes", and the Soviet Union all this time was almost an ally of the Nazis, concluding all sorts of "Ribbentrop-Molotov pacts" and only then, paying dearly for our own mistakes, was forced to go to war with the Third Reich. And if so, then both of these states can easily be "put on the same board", turning into the perpetrators of the Second World War and deleting from the number of its winners. Well, rightly so - it was necessary to listen favorably longer to fairy tales about "allies", "The role of the Second Front", European "resistance" and "anti-fascists", and even support them in every possible way. Only now are we coming to that, to finally truly and objectively evaluate all these things. Well, let's do it ... First of all, let's talk about the Coalition. At the time of its creation, the anti-Hitler bloc included 26 states. They actually fought against the Third Reich ... two of them: USSR and Great Britain! Yes, the Coalition also included the United States, China, British dominions (such as India, Australia, New Zealand and others), a number of countries in Africa and South America ... However, by the end of World War II the Germans were "opposed" (that is, they officially declared war on Germany) already 53 countries! Where did so much come from? Everything is very simple - its yesterday's allies turned against the Third Reich, such as Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and even Italy. We will also rank them among the "victors of Nazism" and invite them to the parade?! The phrase "Victory has a thousand fathers and only defeat is always an orphan" is attributed to US President John F. Kennedy, but something similar was spoken by Tacitus in the days of Ancient Rome. People do not change…
The real war began in Russia
Talking about "desperate resistance to the Nazis", European historians simply lie without blushing. Only Norway tried to portray something more or less similar to that., with which the Wehrmacht was carried out for two months before its final surrender. However, this was solely due to the fact, that the British intervened there, and due to the geographical specifics of this northern country. The main "forces" of the Norwegian army, according to an objective assessment of historians, Wehrmacht defeated for 24 hours ... France lasted a month, that given the presence of the strongest armed forces on the continent at that time, it was a total disgrace. There is no need to talk about the rest of the "warriors": Poland was defeated for 27 days, Greece surrendered through 24 day, Yugoslavia - via 11. And these are also "record holders". The Belgians "resisted" the invasion 8 days, Dutch - 7. Luxembourg surrendered in a day, Denmark "fought" the whole 6 hours ... well, there were also Czechs, who did not even rock the boat in front of Hitler. Border outposts of the USSR, the suppression of which in "Barbarossa" was assigned 40 minutes, held for some weeks, and some - even for months. That is, longer than entire European countries. Yes, The Wehrmacht suffered losses during all of the above operations. However, what were they? We can get the exact numbers from statistics., which was conducted by the Central Bureau of Recording the Losses of the Personnel of the Armed Forces operating under the General Staff of the Supreme High Command of the Armed Forces of Germany. The whole "war" in Europe, from the first to the last shot, cost the Wehrmacht and the SS in 94 thousand killed, 143 thousands of wounded and 24 thousands of missing. For comparison - on the very first day of the Great Patriotic War, the irrecoverable losses of the invaders were 23 thousand! Less, than a month after the start of hostilities against the USSR - by mid-July 1941 of the year, this figure was already estimated in 100 thousand. The flow of coffins from the East to the Third Reich was so powerful and inexhaustible, that Adolf Hitler himself, speaking in December 1941 in the Reichstag, had to admit, that during the war with the Soviet Union, the German army lost more than 162 thousands of people. Together with the wounded and missing, the figure reached 767 thousand more people. Two digressions should be made here.. At first, the overwhelming majority of the then military specialists, so historians at a later time considered these data godlessly underestimated (Americans argued, that during the specified period, only the number of killed Nazis exceeded 1 million 200 human). Secondly, Fuhrer, beyond all doubt, in his speech he mentioned only "true Aryans", and after all, not only they attacked our homeland, which will be discussed in detail below. According to slightly more accurate data, German ground forces, operating on the Eastern Front, by the beginning of August 1942 lost about 45% their personnel. And one more thing ... No matter how many Germans died during the occupation of European countries before the invasion of the USSR, the ranks of the Wehrmacht and the SS were more than replenished with residents of these very countries! Specific comparison - according to the previously mentioned Central Bureau, during the capture of France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, as well as the defeat of the British Expeditionary Force, German troops lost in killed 45 more than a thousand people. So - after the end of the Great Patriotic War in Soviet captivity there were: French - 23 more than a thousand, Dutch - more 4.7 thousand, Belgians - more 2 thousand, Luxembourgers - 1600 more than. So after all these are only prisoners!
"Allies" and "Sufferers"
Together with Nazi Germany, the war on the Soviet Union in June 1941 also announced by Italy, Hungary, Romania. Slovakia officially opposed us, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Spain. Their soldiers trampled our land, burned, killed, robbed. And then this audience "smoothly moved" to the camp of "those who fought against the Third Reich", quickly declaring war on an already dying Nazi reptile, literally in the last days of her vile existence. There were those, who did not officially oppose the Soviet Union. Subsequently, they moaned very loudly (and moan to this day) about the "horrors of Hitler's occupation", and some of these countries, how the same France also managed to "cling" to the winners. But what about that, that all these "non-combatants" were most diligent in providing, supplied and paid for the Wehrmacht campaign to the East, thereby, albeit indirectly, bearing responsibility for bloody crimes, who did the invaders on Soviet soil, to the destruction of our cities and villages, murder of Soviet people?! This topic is huge and, Unfortunately, is still extremely sparsely covered. I will try to limit myself to the most specific figures., to give as complete a picture of the contribution of "united Europe" to the Nazi atrocities as possible. Closing the topic of personal participation in the campaign against the USSR by the allies of the Third Reich, recall, what 22 June 1941 every fifth soldier, invaded our land, was not german. By literally the second month of the war, the number of German allied troops on the Eastern Front increased to 30%. but, with regard to the armament and material and technical equipment of the invading army, then there is much more eloquent data. One weapon, without problems captured by the Wehrmacht in Europe "with a campaign", enough to equip 200 divisions! In particular, we are talking about weapons 92 French divisions, 30 Czech, 22 Belgian. However, that's just that, what the Germans got safe and sound in warehouses and arsenals, which no one thought to blow up or destroy in any other way (material values after all). And what about those millions of weapons, equipment, ammunition and equipment, which literally all of Europe diligently and diligently stamped for Hitler? 90 divisions of the Wehrmacht drove around exclusively in foreign cars. Only the Czech Republic and France joined the armored hordes 10 thousands of tanks and self-propelled guns. Hundreds of enterprises in France plowed without breath for "great Germany" and its army, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria and other countries. Raw materials from many states were flowing to them., including those considered "neutral". According to the estimates of the Center for the War Economy of the Third Reich, the contribution directly to it of all European countries as of spring 1944 I was over 81 billion Reichsmarks! Only the Czech Republic "went overboard" on military supplies, estimated at almost 14 billion Reichsmarks. Number of foreign workers, working at purely military enterprises for the benefit of the Reich at the time of the attack on the USSR, exceeded 3 million people. "Occupied" and "resisting" France conscientiously "unfastened" 20-25 million Reichsmarks every day! There are many more figures and statistics of this kind.. However, already, what is said above more, than enough, to conclude - the Great Patriotic War, and the Second World War was also won by the Soviet Union. The Soviet people won in it! And the point ... This is our Victory Day - and only ours. Glad, bitter, unique and most important day. It is in our veins that the blood of real winners flows and it would be “to share” with someone our pride and glory of our ancestors, perhaps, blasphemy. Especially when it comes to representatives of those countries, which, by and large, it would be worthwhile to communicate with our people only in the form of repentance. On the former "fraternal republics", where today the feat of warriors of the Great Patriotic War at the official level is consigned to oblivion and trampling, you can only say the same. We are obliged to preserve our Memory and the Victory of our glorious ancestors for centuries - but untainted by those, who never had and has nothing to do with her.!