In addition, in his radio address Stalin made such an addition as “my friends”, in fact emphasizing that in the face of the enemy, the state and society should rally to achieve the Great Victory. Incidentally, this is also to the conversation about who made the “greater” contribution to the Victory: the state or the people? By itself, this question is irrelevant, since the Soviet leader tried not to separate himself from the people, which can also be traced in this famous address.
The war with fascist Germany cannot be considered a normal war. It is not only a war between two armies. At the same time, it is the war of the entire Soviet people against the German fascist troops. The goal of this nationwide Patriotic War against the fascist oppressors is not only the elimination of the danger hanging over our country, but also assistance to all the peoples of Europe moaning under the yoke of German fascism.
It’s better not to remind of what the peoples of Europe who are liberated (as a result) from Nazism today are trying to “pay”. Each reader is well aware of this.
It must be emphasized that it was 3 July 1941 of the year, after the speech of Joseph Stalin, the very concept of the “Great Patriotic War” began to spread. Prior to this, the terminological interpretations of hostilities varied. At the same time, the new term became an additional unifying factor for all the peoples of the vast Soviet Union in the fight against the enemy who had encroached upon the frontiers of the Fatherland.