Victory parade. Soviet soldiers with the defeated standards of the Nazi troops. June 24, 1945
"Crusade" of the West against Russia. In the West, the myth that Stalin planned and prepared the Second World War was created and is actively promoted. That he unleashed a world war with the help of Hitler, then to create the axis of Berlin - Moscow - Tokyo and divide the world into spheres of influence.
The origins of evil
In fact, this is the standard method of Western propagandists and their domestic singers. Call white black and vice versa. To denigrate a great man, to hang other people's crimes on him. To turn Russian communism into a source of evil, and whitewash the crimes of the capitalist world, to expose oneself as knights without fear and reproach.
In fact, the masters of the West unleashed a world war to establish world supremacy. At the same time, there was a tense squabble in the imperialist camp for the role of hegemon. Britain framed Germany and France to gain supremacy in Europe. Hitler led his game, while agreeing to play the figures of financial capital of the United States and Britain. The United States generally actually secretly fought against everyone - with the goal of destroying the old world. Germany, Italy, Japan and the USSR. At the same time, the Americans wanted to destroy the British and French colonial empires, gain access to their resources, markets, and become an "elder brother."
However, these dirty games do not want to reveal to the western man in the street. For ordinary people, a myth was created about the "noble knights" from the USA and England, the ghoul Hitler and the "bloody tyrant" Stalin, who allegedly unleashed a world massacre that claimed the lives of tens of millions of people across the planet. Allegedly, Stalin supported the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, interfering with the activities of the German Communists and Social Democrats; "Forged the fascist sword in the USSR" (“Was a German sword forged in the USSR?”); He prepared the world war according to the precepts of the classics of Marxism-Leninism about the necessity of accomplishing the world revolution so that the global war could develop into a revolution. Stalin deliberately carried out accelerated militarization, although supposedly there was no threat to the USSR in Europe and the world; He drove the USSR into international isolation and deliberately rejected cooperation with democratic countries in order to enter into a conspiracy with Hitler and conclude an agreement on the division of spheres of influence in Europe. After that, Stalin along with Hitler attacked Poland, "occupied" Western Belarus and Western Ukraine, the Baltic States and Bessarabia. Stalin attacked Finland and "occupied" part of Finnish territory ("The myth of the aggression of the" criminal Stalinist regime "against the" peaceful "Finland"; "What prompted the USSR to start a war with Finland") However, in the end, Hitler “outplayed” Stalin and suddenly attacked the USSR, which was the root cause of the catastrophe of the initial period of the war.
Thus, in the West (already in a significant part of the post-Soviet space), the myth that the Second World War was unleashed by Hitler and Stalin, German Nazis and Russian Communists prevails in the minds. That England and the USA are victims of aggression, like most of the countries of Europe. That the Anglo-Saxons are knights who fought for freedom and independence of the whole world, for human rights and democracy.
How Stalin Tried to Avoid Participation in World War II
In fact, Stalin was one of the few Russian rulers who tried their best not to play other people's games, to avoid participating in other people's wars, where Russians were used as cannon fodder, and then they would be destroyed. The Soviet leader maneuvered, cautiously, tried to stay away from the world carnage caused by the crisis of capitalism. He sought to turn the war into an internal affair of the Western world. Stalin wanted to avoid participating in the clash of two imperialist camps, two coalitions of Western predators. Russia then became the world leader without war. She could offer humanity a fair order, without exploitation of man, without neo-slavery and colonial relations. To show mankind all the advantages of the socialist system, crisis-free development, society, where a person is not a consumer slave, but a creator, creator.
Stalin tried to break the order fatal for Russia (under the last Romanovs, except for Alexander the Third, who did not fit into European squabbles), when the Russians fought not for their own, but for strangers - Austrian, German, British, French or American interests. Stalin remembered the lessons well stories and he tried his best to avoid a situation where Russians became cannon fodder for Europeans. For example, when under Alexander the First, Russians fought with the French, having no fundamental contradictions with them, for the interests of the British, Austrians and Prussians. When under Nicholas the Second, the Russians were poisoned with the Germans, from cooperation with which Russia had only benefits and there were simply no unsolvable issues. And all the benefits of a fierce battle between the Russians and the Germans received the French, British and Americans.
All this, Stalin remembered well. He wanted to avoid repeating the situation of the 1914 model, the collapse of Russia and its monstrous robbery. The Red Emperor was well aware of the weaknesses of the Soviet Union. After the civilizational, state and national disaster of 1917, very little time passed. Society remained unstable, barely recovered. Old wounds were still bleeding. The war of the village and the city had hardly ended. One could again use the national question for the collapse of Russia. A new society of service, creation, and knowledge has just been born. They had just just overcome illiteracy, started a cultural revolution, built an industrial power with unprecedented efforts and pace, and solved the problem of supplying food to cities and the army. Barely created a new army of industrial type. However, it was still "raw", requiring many improvements, polishing and improvement. The new Soviet (Russian) empire outwardly looked like a formidable newest battleship, but in reality this ship required many modifications. For example, the Soviet armed forces were at the stage of modernization and rearmament, the formation of the generals and the officer corps.
The USSR-Russia needed peace, time to complete the transformation, the creation of a civilization of the future. Stalin understood this very well. He did his best to stay away from the world carnage. At first, Moscow was an active supporter of the creation of a collective security system in Europe. She made concessions. However, it soon became apparent that such a system could not be created, as Western democracies again want to repeat the scenario of the First World War. Bleed Germany and Russia, Germans with Russians and get all the fruits of victory.
Victory of the Red Emperor
Then Stalin changed his strategy. And he did a lot. Most importantly, Russia managed to avoid a war on two fronts - simultaneously with the German bloc in the West and the Japanese empire in the East. The Japanese were stunned by the new military power of the industrial USSR (Khalkhin-Gol), then by the non-aggression pact with Berlin. As a result, Tokyo decided to launch a strategic offensive first in a southerly direction, attack the United States, Britain and other Western powers, and take their possessions in the Asia-Pacific region. The Stalinist government perplexed the British and French when it proposed a full-fledged military alliance against Nazi Germany. When England and France refused, the Kremlin concluded a non-aggression pact with Berlin.
On the eve of the Great Patriotic War, Stalin strengthened our western frontiers, returned our ancestral lands to our power: Western Belarus, Western Little Russia, Bessarabia, the Baltic states, Karelia. When the Red Army led the Finnish campaign, Moscow managed to get out of a very dangerous situation. England and France, despite the fact that they were officially at war with Hitler's Reich, were preparing to enter the war on the side of Finland. They prepared attacks on the flanks of Russia: in the North - in Scandinavia and the South - in the Caucasus. For the Third Reich, this would be great luck. Hitler would have the opportunity to agree with the West on a joint “crusade” against the Russians. However, the Red Army broke into the Mannerheim Line before the “collective West” could put its plans into action.
France and England had to abandon the war with Russia. After that, Hitler decided for himself the problem of the "second front", took a historic revenge on France and crushed almost the whole of Western Europe. In this way, Stalin avoided the situation where Russia would become Hitler's first victim, and France and England could either take a cold, neutral position or also attack us. At first, imperialist predators grappled with each other.
Why Stalin did not believe in the Reich attack in the summer of 1941
Why did not Stalin believe that Hitler would attack in 1941? The red emperor had several reasonable grounds. First, England and the United States needed a war between Germany and Russia. London warned Moscow of a possible Hitler attack. However, the dates were different, time passed and it turned out that this was a mistake or malicious intent. The Anglo-Saxons wanted to provoke the Germans and Russians, to pit them among themselves. Stalin did not want to repeat the mistakes of 1914, which led to a terrible Russian catastrophe, the fall and collapse of the empire, an entire civilization project, and the deaths of many millions of people. The catastrophe of 1917 nearly ruined Russian civilization and the Russian people.
At the same time, the West needed the Russians to attack first. Then on Russia it was possible to hang all the dogs. Declare arsonists of World War II. Therefore, the concentration of German strike groups on the eastern border of the Reich seemed a gigantic disinformation operation or precautionary measures for Berlin, which was afraid of an attack by the Russians. Hence the Soviet government’s attention to possible provocations in the western direction. The Soviet armed forces showed maximum caution so as not to provoke the Germans, not to give rise to war.
Secondly, it was obvious that Hitler was a great statesman and politician, very smart and dangerous. He could not make a fatal mistake and start a war on two fronts. First, the Reich was to solve the problem of England. Therefore, the military preparations of the Reich could be attributed to the preparation of an amphibious strategic operation to seize the British Isles or occupy Sweden in order to strengthen the Reich's raw material base in the confrontation with the British. Also, Berlin could carry out a number of operations in the Mediterranean and the Middle East - to capture Gibraltar, make a throw to Egypt, capture Suez, Palestine, Iraq.
Thus, in order to start a war with Russia, Hitler had to withdraw Britain from the war or negotiate with London. And the concentration of troops on the border with the USSR was a standard precautionary measure. It was necessary to cover their rear from a possible strike by the Russians, while the main forces were connected by operations in Northern Europe or in the South. These were the army covering dangerous areas. Therefore, Stalin hesitated, the concentration of German troops in the East could be an ordinary precautionary measure of Hitler, and the military activity of the Russians on the western border could provoke a war beneficial to England and the United States.
Thirdly, objective facts indicated that the Third Reich was not ready for war with the USSR. Hitler's Reich was materially weaker than the Second Reich of the 1914 model. Germany did not have colonies, resources and strategic materials to wage war with the Russians. The German economy was not mobilized for a long war with a strong adversary. Moscow had a powerful intelligence network in Germany and Europe. The Kremlin received full data on the resources of Nazi Germany, its weapons, military programs, which were to be completed only after a few years. It seemed like a war with huge Russia? The troops do not even have winter uniforms. German technology in terms of number and quality as a whole does not exceed Russian, there are no reserves of fuel and ammunition.
As a result, all reasonable, sober calculations showed that Hitler was not yet ready for a war with Russia. It is necessary to solve the problem of the “second front” (it is obvious that the Fuhrer tacitly solved it, he was assured that while the Germans were fighting in the East, there would be no particular problems in the West); mobilize the economy, accumulate the necessary reserves; complete military programs. The problem was that Hitler was a man of a different mindset than Stalin. He was ready to go on an adventure. He started the war against all objective factors. He believed in a “lightning war”, in the weakness of Stalinist Russia, in the fact that there would be a “second front”. And he, in fact, was not there. The West began the invasion of Western Europe only when it became convinced that Hitler would not win the Russians.
Soldiers throw on the special platform at the foot of the Lenin Mausoleum the banners and standards of the defeated Nazi troops. The final part of the Victory Parade