Guest Editorial

Forgotten Pages of Victory

Translated by ANREY KRASNOV

On May 8, at 23:00 (May 9, Moscow Time), Germany signed a capitulation agreement. This was several days after the Soviet Army captured Berlin and destroyed several large German forces in Hungary, Pomerania and Czechoslovakia. Everyone knows this, and everything seems simple – the allies defeated fascism and Nazism, thus saving humanity.

However, this is a much embellished version of the history of this Victory, and has little to do with what really happened. USSR had to deal with bandits – the ruling Western elites, which the USSR was able to pull into the war with Hitler. They not only created Hitler in order to destroy USSR, but were also planning a back-stabbing attack on the USSR immediately after the end of the War. Furthermore, they were actually planning to use the remainder of the German forces to assist them in this attack.

There was no united Victory Parade, which is strange if there were allied relations. Eisenhower and Montgomery refused to take part in a united Victory Parade in Berlin. This victory parade still happened on September 7, 1945, but only Marshal Zhukov was there to greet it. The military and political leaders of the allies didn't come to this parade, and the garrison units of sectors of Western Berlin were the only allies who took part in it.

This was because the capitulation agreement was already signed by Germans – during the night of May 6-7, 1945, in an allied command centre in Reims. Soviet leaders didn't even have time to get there. The "allies" attempted to cheat the Soviet Union.

Furthermore, the "allies" ignored the agreements of the Yalta conference, which were signed by Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, and created a new document, which was cleared of any unwanted Yalta agreements. The Soviet Union wasn't even mentioned, as if it never took part in the war. The document of capitulation was given to the Germans even before a copy was sent to Moscow. On May 7, Churchill and Truman announced the capitulation of German forces before the US and British forces. It took great efforts on the Soviet part to make the allies sign a united, final agreement with USSR on May 8 (9). The events in Reims were diplomatically named "a preliminary agreement". However, even before this, the allies had been acting very dishonourably. For instance, it is widely known that Allen Dulles was negotiating with the Nazis on behalf of the Western elites. It was only because of Stalin that a deal between the Nazis and allies was avoided. Nevertheless, it is certain that some secret agreements have been reached between the two. As a result, the Western front was practically non-existent from the end of February 1945: the Germans gave up huge territories and retreated practically without a fight. However, on the Eastern front, they fiercely fought for every meter of land. The Nazis and "allies" had a common goal – to keep the Russian troops out of Central Europe. This was openly said by Churchill. It was impractical for the allies to have an open pact with the Nazis, so they reverted to this strategy.

By the end of this game, it was planned to surrender Berlin without a fight to the allies, thus robbing the Soviet Union of its Victory. Furthermore, the Second World War was supposed to transition into the Third World War with the attack of the allies on USSR. At the start of April 1945, W. Churchill gave an order to the Chiefs of Staff to develop a plan for a surprise attack on USSR, called operation "Unthinkable". This document has been declassified and is now available to the public.

On July 1, 1945, 47 British and American divisions were supposed to, without declaring war, attack the Russian forces. They were to be supported by 12 German divisions, which the allies did not disband. These divisions were trained by British instructors and prepared for a war with USSR together with the Western forces. In accordance with Churchill's order, the weapons and equipment of the German divisions were stocked at easily accessible locations for quick armament.

This war was planned to be a united offensive of the forces of Western civilizations on Russia. Poland, Hungary, Romania, Finland and other countries were also intended to join this "crusade". The aim of this war was to completely destroy the Soviet Union and separate it into several controllable colonies. The war was supposed to finish at the same frontier as Hitler's plan "Barbarossa" – the Archangelsk-Stalingrad frontier.

The Western elites were planning to break the Russians through terror – by destroying large Soviet cities: Moscow, Leningrad, Vladivostok, Murmansk, etc. with waves of its "flying fortresses". Several million Russians were intended to die in horrifying "firestorms". This was how Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo and other cities were razed to the ground. This was intended to be the fate of the Soviet allies.

However, on June 29, 1945, a day before the planned start of war, the Red Army unexpectedly changed its location and began to fortify its positions. The allied plan became known to Stalin, and the Chiefs of Staff were ordered to take actions. Thankfully, Stalin was still at the head of the Soviet Union, and this war was avoided.

In April 1945, the allies thought the Red Army was exhausted, its equipment and machinery worn out to the limit, and its supplies at an end. Berlin played a very important part in Western plans. The Nazis planned to turn Berlin into a Stalingrad for the Soviets. Soviet troops were supposed to be weakened and worn out in battles on Berlin streets. And after allied troops were to replace the Germans and chase the Red Army all the way to the Volga River – their troops were already only 100 km away from Berlin. The role of the Germans was to prevent the Soviet troops from taking Berlin at any cost. The Germans fought very bravely.

Because of this, the taking of Berlin became one of the greatest "allies" had to be shown that the outcome of a war is decided on land, and not in the air or at sea.

Berlin was a heavily fortified city-citadel. All large buildings were turned into strongholds and were connected by underground tunnels and communications. A gigantic defensive zone began immediately after the river Oder. It consisted of interconnecting bunkers and other defence structures, and in some places was approximately 50 km wide.

Allied specialist did not doubt that the Soviet Army was going to lose at least a million dead and 3 million wounded while taking Berlin. This was almost half of the troops in the entire Soviet Western front.

The Berlin strategic operation consisted of 5 tactical operations. It is often thought that the Berlin operation was a non-stop offensive. This was not so – several times the Germans made powerful counter-strikes, trying to stop the Soviet advance. Several times the Germans were even able to break through the Soviet troops encircling Berlin. However, all of the forces that broke through the blockade were destroyed by Soviet tank strikes. Out of 200,000 German soldiers, practically no one survived.

2.5 million Soviet and 150,000 Polish soldiers took part in the Berlin operation. They were opposed by over a million German soldiers. The operation, which was conducted on a frontier of over 500 km, began on April 16, and ended with the capture of Berlin on May 2. During this time, practically the entire German force was destroyed or captured – over 400,000 German soldiers were killed, and over 500,000 were captured. The combined losses of the Soviet and Polish armies were 80,000 dead. The allied command was shocked by the power that the Red Army demonstrated when taking Berlin. The Soviet forces showed the ability to effectively use huge amounts of firepower (up to 650 artillery units per km) and direct devastating mobile strikes that penetrated deep behind enemy lines. A new analysis by western military specialists sobered up the western elites – in the case of a direct attack on the USSR, regardless of their overwhelming domination in the air and at sea, the forces of the anti-Soviet coalition in Europe were going to be destroyed and driven into the English Channel within two to three weeks. Even strikes by the two American nuclear bombs were not going to change the situation.

Stalin's decision to storm Berlin at the start of May 1945 prevented the Third World War. This is supported by recently declassified documents. If not for Stalin, Berlin would have been surrendered to the "allies" without a fight, and the combined forces of Europe and North America would have assaulted the Soviet Union.

Glory to the Red Army and J.V. Stalin!

57 Marshals and Major Generals of the Soviet Army in an historic photograph taken in the Kremlin after the end of the Second World War. Sitting in the middle of the front row (visible on the right of the top photo)  is Generalissimo Joseph Stalin, surrounded by 50 others.

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