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How Vlasovists Prague "saved"

How Vlasovists Prague "saved"

Each time, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Victory, a new portion of “revelations” and “true stories” about the last page of the Great Patriotic War - the liberation of Prague - appears in the Russian and foreign press.

On the fifth of May 1945, an anti-fascist uprising broke out in the capital of Czechoslovakia. From a military point of view, there was no special point in the Czechs ’armed uprising, which supplied the Wehrmacht with weapons all the time, from rifles to fighters, wasn’t. Three days before that, Soviet troops had taken Berlin, the united front collapsed, the Allies methodically finished off the last centers of resistance.

But the Prague people could not resist. Looks really boiling. They could not calmly look at how endless columns of Germans crawling from east to west, trying to break away from the Russians as far as possible and surrender to the Americans and the British. How could I resist, so as not to kick the almost defeated enemies, who yesterday were the absolute masters of the Czech land.

Prague residents meet the Soviet liberators. 9 May 1945 of the year

The leaders of the rebels also had political reasons: I really wanted to show the allies liberated the capital with their own government. Well, what is the situation in which Czechoslovakia is not a winning power, not worse than the same France ...

And Prague rebelled. In a matter of hours, the city flourished with national tricolors, the radio broadcast programs forbidden by the invaders in Czech, hundreds of barricades appeared on the streets, the Germans were shot from the windows and the gateway. But it soon became clear that the Czechs were in a hurry. Having learned about the fighting in Prague, the commander of the Army Group Center, Field Marshal Schörner, sent combat-retaining units to the city, with tanks and artillery, to break through the cork, which impedes the retreat to the west.

Within a day, it became clear that the uprising was failing. Panic broke out among the rebel leaders: Prague radio called for the command of the Allied armies to save Prague. By that time, the Americans stopped at Pilsen, 70 kilometers from the Czech capital and were not going to move on, because there was an agreement that the city should be occupied by Soviet troops. Those were from the scene in the 140-200 kilometers, which still had to go, overcoming the resistance of the Germans. Nevertheless, the help to the rebels did come. And from there, from where it was not particularly expected. Vlasovites from the Russian Liberation Army (ROA) decided to support the rebels ...

The “fighting” way of the “ideological fighters against Bolshevism,” who at that moment were in the vicinity of Prague, was brief and far from glorious. When the Germans became very sad, they despaired of the 1945 of March in order to send the 1 th (and in fact the only full-fledged) ROA division to the front. She was given a simple and intelligible task - to drop the Soviet troops from the bridgehead on the west bank of the Oder.

However, having lost several hundred soldiers in a couple of days and having failed to advance even a meter, the division commander “General” Bunyachenko, spitting on the Germans' demands to continue the offensive, gave the order to withdraw from the positions. From that moment on, the Vlasovites actually left the submission to the command of the Wehrmacht and moved to the south-west, simultaneously robbing the rear warehouses. Hitler's generals, who did not know how to stop the onslaught of the Soviet troops, had no time for the escaped division, and they simply gave up on it.

It is not known whether the Vlasovites sang during the raid on the rear of the Hitlerites on their march “We are marching in wide fields ...”, but they sked quickly: by the beginning of May the ROA 1 Division was near Prague. Here her commanders thought about what to do next, because there was nowhere to run. The best option Bunyachenko considered surrender to the Americans, but many of his associates doubted, and would not give out whether their compatriots.

It would be nice to somehow prove to the Yankees that the Vlasovites fought not only against the Communists, but also against the Nazis. For this desertion and robbery of warehouses somehow not enough. And it was impossible to move towards the Americans: all the roads to the west were blocked by the retreating German units. And so it was possible to wait for a meeting with the Soviet troops, which the “heroes of the ROA” wanted to avoid in every possible way.

In the beginning of the Prague uprising, the “fighters with the Stalinist regime” saw a chance: they had a real opportunity to demonstrate their anti-fascist essence to the Western allies ...

The graves of Soviet soldiers who fell on the outskirts of Prague and in the capital of Czechoslovakia itself. Olshansky memorial cemetery

Modern lawyers of Vlasovites both in the Czech Republic and in other countries (including Russia), try to present their participation in the May battles in Prague as “a sincere rush of real Russian patriots who came to the rescue of their Slav brothers”.

However, to put it mildly, this is not entirely true. This is also evidenced by the fact that at first Bunyachenko sent his regiments not to Prague, where the Czechs were dying, but to the Ruzine airfield located outside the city. There were based Me-262 fighter jets; they were not intended to strike ground targets, but they posed a real threat to the American transport aviation, which could have landed troops to help the rebels. Ruzyne's long and sturdy landing strip was ideally suited for this. However, the airfield guards managed to repel the attack.

Only after this, the Vlasovites turned towards Prague, through which lay the road to the west. In the morning of May 7 they managed to occupy several areas of the city and disarm part of the garrison. The comparative ease with which they did this was due to the fact that the Germans, because of the confusion with the connection, who did not know about the betrayal of yesterday’s allies, did not at first offer serious resistance to the people attacking them in the form of the Wehrmacht.

However, the situation soon cleared up and the Nazis took Vlasovtsev seriously: stubborn street fighting began. Here, the “heroes of the ROA” for the first time fought for real: if successful, they could present the “liberated” Prague to the Western allies and count on well-fed American captivity. They simply did not know about the agreements between the USSR and the USA regarding the fate of the Czech capital. However, by nightfall, it became clear to them that Soviet, and not American, troops would soon enter Prague.

At this “support for the uprising” by the ROA, which lasted only a few hours, ended. Under the terms of the truce, the Germans missed the columns of the division of Bunyachenko to the west, and the Nazis and the Vlasovists who had just fought with each other (!) Moved towards the Western allies ...

Vlasov still achieved their goal - came to the positions of Americans. But they did not experience the delight of meeting with "fighters for the freedom of Russia from Bolshevism." The conversation was short: “Who are you? Russians? So let the Russians deal with you. ”

Fighting continued in Prague itself, but without the participation of the ROA, and in the morning of May 9, tank units of the 1 of the Ukrainian Front of Marshal Konev entered the city.

The war ended, but the Germans continued to resist in the Czech capital and its surroundings for several more days. The losses of the Soviet troops in the Prague operation amounted to more than 50 thousands of soldiers and officers killed and wounded and several hundred units of military equipment; Vlasovites lost less than a thousand people, one tank and two guns.

As for the inevitable destruction of Prague by the Germans, which were allegedly prevented by the “heroes of the ROA”, then there is reason to believe that the damage to the city would be much less if the Vlasovites would not go there at all. After all, the Wehrmacht generals didn’t need objectively unnecessary “crimes against humanity” at that moment ...
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  1. fregina1
    fregina1 April 15 2014 08: 44
    They waited for forgiveness! But they were thrown by the former owners! The traitors have one outcome, in different versions: the wall, the guillotine, the gallows! Former "heroes" of the ROA got the last!
  2. Terrible ensign
    Terrible ensign April 15 2014 08: 45
    The real picture of the events of May in Czechoslovakia. Neither reduce nor add. The ROA division was really interested in surrendering to the American allies. Not a bit ...
  3. Good cat
    Good cat April 15 2014 09: 18
    And liberals at one time were supposedly represented by heroes. These heroes were preparing for the whole war to fight with their own, from the first time they got it and ran ... We freed the Czechs.
  4. ImPerts
    ImPerts April 15 2014 09: 42
    The theme of these "heroes" will be constantly promoted, because the Soviet soldier, the liberator, who did not throw off the bloody tyrant, fits extremely badly into the European-American model of values ​​and heroes.
    Soon May, soon Yu. Latynin will once again begin to sausage on the subject of May 9 ...
    1. okunevich_rv
      okunevich_rv April 15 2014 10: 01
      The Russian people do not fit into the European-American model of values ​​and heroes, but the Russian people are standing with their heads held high.
    2. The comment was deleted.
    3. pensioner
      pensioner April 15 2014 13: 10
      Quote: ImPerts
      Soon May, soon Yu. Latynin will once again begin to sausage on the subject of May 9 ...

      This replaces her orgasm.
  5. Gray 43
    Gray 43 April 15 2014 10: 28
    I hope Vlasov did not put a monument? And then everything can be expected from the 5th column
    1. 0255
      0255 April 15 2014 11: 08
      Quote: Gray 43
      I hope Vlasov did not put a monument? And then everything can be expected from the 5th column

      it seems that somewhere in Russia in someone’s private collection or private museum there is a monument to Vlasov (not to be confused with the monument to the pilot Vlasov in Lyubertsy, namesake Vlasov the traitor)
      There is a monument to Vlasov the traitor in the women's Orthodox monastery in the USA:
      So whitewash Vlasov will be long and hard. There will always be lovers to make a traitor a hero, unfortunately, at any time under any authority.
    2. Mister X
      Mister X April 15 2014 22: 41
      Quote: Gray 43
      I hope Vlasov monument is not set?

      Execution of Vlasov and his staff (1946)

      The author should have added this fact:
      At the beginning of May 1945, a conflict arose between Vlasov and Bunyachenko - Bunyachenko had an intention to support the Prague uprising, and Vlasov persuaded him not to do this and stay on the side of the Germans.
      At the talks in the North Bohemian Kozoedah they did not agree, and their paths diverged.
  6. Standard Oil
    Standard Oil April 15 2014 10: 31
    Yes, they saved their skin, they wanted to sell themselves to the new owner as soon as possible, the old one is no longer a cake. This is another proof that “whoever betrayed once, will betray again”.
  7. parusnik
    parusnik April 15 2014 10: 31
    Yeah ... I remember the liberal squeal .. Vlasov, ROA, the real saviors of Prague ... It was their Prague residents who met, not the Soviet Army ... Ugh, and it’s disgusting to remember ..
  8. washi
    washi April 15 2014 12: 02
    Nevertheless, Vlasov fought with dignity until he was betrayed by "his" people.
    And then he simply survived (), but did not fight against his own (Anglo-Saxons and paddling pools are not considered).
    These "friends" and General Petrov were betrayed, but he shot himself (the reasons for the death of the army are described).
    These "friends" were also offered to surrender Moscow (there is evidence).
    When the IVS began to investigate the causes of the defeats in the initial period of the war (evidence was collected), he was poisoned.
    One of "friends" - Zhukov
    I am not making excuses for either Vlasov or those who signed up for his "army".
    But, really, they didn’t fight against ours (they didn’t even direct against partisans).
    There were other formations (mainly from small nations) that were noted by both punishers and simple infantry.
    But the agitprom (first German, and then ours) began to call ALL "Vlasovites".
    Cossacks, Ukrainians, Baltic, Crimean Tatars, Kalmyks, many of the Caucasians, well, where to go from the Russians and Jews. The whole THIS crowd was called the Vlasovites.
    If we take the Criminal Code, then Vlasov is not a traitor.
    It is not his fault that he was made a symbol.
    But he killed the Angles and saved people from the camps from death.

    1. dmb
      dmb April 15 2014 12: 14
      Eh Vasya, Vasya. These are your personal conclusions, or you read them from Svanidze. You can name the sources of your "truthful" information. At the same time, it would be nice to learn about a new page in the history of the 2nd MV. This is me about the battles of the "hero" with the paddling pool and the Anglo-Saxons.
      1. washi
        washi April 15 2014 16: 17
        Quote: dmb
        Eh Vasya, Vasya. These are your personal conclusions, or you read them from Svanidze. You can name the sources of your "truthful" information. At the same time, it would be nice to learn about a new page in the history of the 2nd MV. This is me about the battles of the "hero" with the paddling pool and the Anglo-Saxons.

        Give a footnote. You are welcome...
        1. dmb
          dmb April 15 2014 19: 04
          Footnote to you? So you did not publish any kind of historical work. Ojako, I completely admit that you, having made painstaking research stored in the archives of documents, have come to those amazing conclusions that have been voiced to us. I’m even ready to believe in them if you bring these documents. I emphasize documents, and not the nonsense of modern interpreters.
    2. sdv68
      sdv68 April 15 2014 13: 51
      Nevertheless, Vlasov fought with dignity until he was betrayed by "his" people.

      Facts (stubborn vesch) suggest otherwise. If my memory serves me right, Vlasov went over to the side of the Fritz almost immediately after the capture. And this (as well as the fact that the Fritz believed him) suggests that he planned the transition to the Fritz long before. And if this is so, then with a high degree of probability it can be assumed that he himself consciously went to captivity, and the tragedy of 2UA is entirely on his conscience.

      If we take the Criminal Code, then Vlasov is not a traitor.

      The transition to the side of the enemy is always (and during the war in particular) betrayal. I wonder which UK you read?

      Karbyshev - Hero
      Vlasov is a traitor.

      And no one will change that.
      1. mamba
        mamba April 15 2014 15: 40
        Quote: sdv68
        he himself consciously went to captivity

        The story of Vlasov's betrayal with all its versions is well described in:
        Quote: sdv68
        2UA tragedy entirely on his conscience
        This question is complicated. According to the same source: The commander of the Volkhov Front, Meretskov, sent Vlasov as his representative to the 2nd shock army. Meanwhile, she was in a critical situation, and the main responsibility for this lay with Meretskov. It was he who drove the 2nd shock army into the German "sack". Having not adjusted its supply, Meretskov misinformed the Headquarters that "the communications of the army were restored."
        1. washi
          washi April 15 2014 16: 29
          Quote: mamba
          This question is complicated. According to the same source: The commander of the Volkhov Front, Meretskov sent Vlasov as his representative to the 2nd shock army. Meanwhile, she was in a critical situation, and the main responsibility for this lay with Meretskov. It was he who drove the 2nd shock army into the German "sack". Having not adjusted its supply, Meretskov misinformed the Headquarters that "the communications of the army were restored."

          Continue about Petrov, whom Zhukov betrayed.
      2. washi
        washi April 15 2014 16: 27
        Quote: sdv68
        If my memory serves me right, Vlasov went over to the side of the Fritz almost immediately after the capture. And this (as well as the fact that the Fritz believed him) suggests that he planned the transition to the Fritz long before.

        Not a single soldier thinks of captivity.
        Vlasov could surrender near Kiev, near Moscow.
        The 2nd shock army was indeed sent to .... and then they did not save.
        This is not the competence of the fronts, the General Staff, or betrayal.
        When the IVS took everything into their own hands, 10 Stalin strikes followed.
        IVS is a liberal.
        Quote: sdv68
        PS: Karbyshev - HeroVlasov - a traitor.

        I agree.
        I already wrote that I do not condone Vlasov.
        I write that, in addition to Vlasov, his subordinates were betrayed.
        Betrayed by West
        1. sdv68
          sdv68 April 16 2014 12: 31
          Not a single soldier thinks of captivity.
          Except for those who conceived betrayal.
          Vlasov could surrender near Kiev, near Moscow.
          So he couldn’t. Or didn’t want to. Or there were no opportunities.
          This is not the competence of the fronts, the General Staff, or betrayal.
          I’m talking about the betrayal of Vlasov, which is on the face. I don’t know, m. and there was incompetence of the General Staff, but the fact that Vlasov switched to the Fritz almost immediately after the capture captures a lot.
          I already wrote that I do not condone Vlasov.
          How so. Didn't you write a little higher that, according to the Criminal Code, Vlasov’s actions are not a betrayal?
  9. Roman 1977
    Roman 1977 April 15 2014 15: 22
    The history of “Rescue of Prague by the Vlasovites” begins in November 1944, when the only “Vlasov” combat unit, the 1st ROA Division, was formed near Ulm. The second full-fledged division in this army was not destined to appear, the fate of its unformed embryo, ending somewhere in Austria, will remain beyond the scope of our story about the “Heroes of Prague”.
    Before the creation of the ROA, in addition to the punishers, policemen and white Cossacks, the Russians were in the Wehrmacht, but they were mainly engaged in auxiliary work - from extreme clearance “to speed” to unloading trains for an extra piece of bread in excess of camp soldering. Stories about 800 thousand or even a million Russians who allegedly “served in the Wehrmacht” are a lie. 90% of these people were military laborers who agreed to carry boxes of shells to live a little better than in coal mines or in quarries. Where mostly they did not live, but died, which was widely known. Vlasov dreamed of getting these people in his army, which until the end of 1944 basically did not exist, but each time he was clearly explained to him that there was a place for the inferior Slavs in the mines. With the exception of the most notorious thugs like Kaminsky’s units, who were really "fighting the partisans" too well.
    Actually, the remnants of the Russian People's Liberation Army (RONA) Kaminsky, which was “kicked out of the punishers” for cruelty (and Kaminsky himself was spanked), was absorbed by the 1st ROA division along with the remnants of SS units of Brigadeführer Siegling, which also consisted of Russians and Belarusians, mostly - former policemen - “self-defense”.
    Prior to this, the only at least somehow structured “Russian” units in the Wehrmacht, in addition to the White Cossacks, were separate “ost-battalions”, assembled from the most “trustworthy” Khivis, “voluntary assistants”. Since in the second half of 1943, out of these battalions, sensing that the wind had completely changed, about 14 thousand people were draped to the partisans, the Germans decided to keep them on the Western Front. On October 10, 1943, a corresponding order was issued and, after disarming another 5-6 thousand “unreliable” ones and sending them back to the barbed wire, the “osts” went somewhere, but mostly on the French coast, to finish building the epic “Atlantic Wall” and its suburbs. That is, or dig, or guard those who dig.
    When the Allies landed, the Ostabatalonians found themselves in the “Stafbat” position. That is, with "mosinoks" against American tanks. And there is nothing surprising in the fact that by September 29, 1944, out of the 8,4 thousand losses of the “eastern troops” in the West, 7,9 thousand were considered “missing.” In general, they decided to disperse the farce even in conditions of a total pogrom on the western front, when of the actual German soldiers in the reserve there were children, old people and “combined battalions of patients with intestinal diseases”. The remnants of the “East Battalions” merged into the same ROA, or rather, into its only division. Colonel Bunyachenko, the “Cossack chieftain and major general”, glorious for the fact that during the service in the Red Army, has miscalculated everything that is possible, and rolled down from the post the chief of staff of the corps to the brigade commander, whom he also lost, at the end of 600, fearing that the second sentence “for wrecking” would not be softened and slapped for him, he fled to the Germans. Where he received the rank of major general.
    1. Roman 1977
      Roman 1977 April 15 2014 15: 25
      Under his strict guidance, the main forces of the ROA, that is, the 1st Division, consisting of less than 15 thousand snouts, moved on March 8, 1945 from Musingen to the place of their future first battle - Frankfurt an der Oder. On March 26, the last echelon unloaded at a station 30 km behind the front line, and the Vlasovites were sent to dig in the second line of defense. The Soviet offensive was hacking, and Bunyachenko began to raise the question before the German command, which, it seemed to him, could somewhat confuse the Germans “Where did the Vlasov who was supposed to command us go?” Like, we won’t go into battle without Vlasov. “Go, go!” - the Germans answered affectionately, snapping shutters. And on April 6, “General Bunyachenko received from the commander of the 9th German army an order to prepare the division for an offensive on the bridgehead captured by Soviet troops with the task of dropping the Soviet troops on the right bank of the Oder in this place.”
      Evaluate the strength with which Madame Luck taunted the table on the face of deserters who were fleeing from the terrible political officers with the Nagans, who allegedly “drove them to slaughter”. Now they were driven to slaughter by new German friends. Vlasovites wept with resentment.
      If we rewrite these few lines in the language of the Vlasovites, it will turn out more extensively: “The German command decided to entrust the First Division with the task that could not be completed in the long, intense battles by the forces of the German units and under more favorable conditions, when there was still no spill and when the units the Soviet army did not have enough time to gain a foothold here. General Bunyachenko was against such an order. He again stated that his division was subordinate to General Vlasov and reminded the commander of his recent statement regarding the subordination and combat use of the division. "The order to introduce the First Division into the battle, General Bunyachenko considered illegal and contrary to the orders of the rate of the German High Command and General Vlasov."

      In general, the “Heroes of the ROA” the Germans were a little afraid of working as a free battalion. Did this worry the Germans? Never. They brought Bunyachenka Vlasov and Vlasov nodded: “Fired, heroes of the ROA!”. He stayed for two days and left.
      Then the predictable thing happened. The Vlasovites were sent to advance with a narrow front along the swamp, in the forehead onto the well-fortified Soviet units, which covered them with heavy machine-gun and mortar fire from three sides. After the first session of the meat grinder, Bunyachenko reported to the commander of the 9th German army and said that it was pointless to attack. “Fyred, the heroes of the ROA!” The German told him kindly. And he added that the rest of the division, which, due to the narrow front of the offensive, had not yet climbed into the asshole itself, was accepting the front of the assault from the German units that were being removed from this section. In general, everything is clear - "SchA Russians will go on the offensive, we are draping, the heroes of the ROA remain." After this, you must admit that even the most terrible stories about political instructors with the Nagans are resting.

      By the way, the phrase “It's time to drape” is translated from Russian into Vlasov as “The moment has come especially crucial”. So “For the command of the First Division came a particularly crucial moment. It was already impossible to put off decisions. To preserve the division, it was necessary to act without stopping at anything. There was nothing to count on and it was impossible to maintain even outwardly good relations with the Germans. Everything depended on the speed of decision and courage of action.
      After an unsuccessful attempt to convince the commander of the 9th Army, General Busse, of the impossibility of a successful offensive, General Bunyachenko summoned the regiment commanders and announced his decision to openly withdraw from submission to the German command. He gave the order to withdraw the regiments from the battle, warning the German units on the defensive about this. ”
      1. Roman 1977
        Roman 1977 April 15 2014 15: 29
        In Russian, this epic passage sounds much shorter: “But to hell with you, we are draping the first, you were not here!”. And the division returned to the second line. The second line was good. It was possible to eat deliciously and not run into the attack, while Bunyachenko and General Busse, commander of the 9th Army, covered each other for nothing. But the bad guys didn’t eat tasty for long. One fine day, the Germans showed it is known to the observers who appeared at the food base of the 9th Army that under the motto “He who does not work does not eat.”

        After sitting a little without a hawk, Vlasov decided to “be supplied from German warehouses with the use of force”. Having learned about such a prospect, the people perked up. “A belligerent mood, rebellious spirit and a readiness for self-defense filled everyone’s feelings to the last possible opportunity.” Warehouses after all.

        The small war in the near rear of the Germans was completely out of place, the 1st division was provided with a zhreshka for three days and sent further to the rear to treat the psychological crisis that happened after the marsh adventures. Having retreated another 100 kilometers to the rear, the Vlasovites felt very, very comfortable and sat down to rest. But then the ugly Germans appeared again, to persuade the heroes of the ROA to fight for the Germans. Bunyachenko’s insightful speech delivered to German officers, if translated into Russian, was briefly summarized as follows: “You Germans are Nazis and decent bastards, and we always knew that. Our love was a mistake. "You fight with the Red Army yourself, and we, ideological fighters against communism, will go from here to far away captive to the Americans."

        The Red Army, meanwhile, went on the offensive just in the area from which the epic heroes of the ROA escaped, which significantly accelerated the pace of the movement of heroic fighters against communism to the west. So we reached Dresden. Sherner sat in Dresden, commanding the rest of the Center group and smoking bamboo. Because there was nothing more to do - the end of everything. Sherner offered Bunyachenko a deal. He otmazyvaet Bunyachenko in higher instances on the topic of conflict with the command of the 9th army, and the 1st division of the ROA still agrees to fight a bit, covering the ass of the Germans.

        Negotiations began through messengers, because Bunyachenko was afraid to go to Sherner himself. Like, they will tie him up, and they will disarm the division. Sherner in writing asked to fight, Bunyachenko, in turn, asked to supply him with everything necessary for retreat, because Soviet tanks were already attacking the heels of ideological fighters against communism. In the end, Bunyachenko had to run on without supplies.
        Having reached Elba, the ideological fighters against communism found an almost insurmountable barrier in front of them - a small detachment of Germans who were ordered to die near the mined bridge across the river and not let anyone in. Vlasovites especially. As mentioned above, General Bunyachenko was not only an ideological opponent of communism, but also an ideological opponent of Nazism. But in a fight with the Germans, it was zapadlo even on the eve of their complete military defeat. Therefore, military cunning was applied. Under the pretext of “letting at least the medical battalion with the wounded on the other side”, the Germans were asked to open a passage through which the entire division moved to drape. The Germans, from such impudence, precipitated and missed.

        The Vlasovites crossed to the other side, leaving the Germans to fight the Red Army, and Colonel Bunyachenko took up the equipment of the next rear line. Specialist, however.

        Sherner was completely displeased at the rear of his group in the rear of his group about the important bridge, and the SS divisions withdrawn from the fighting seemed to accidentally concentrate around “ideological fighters”. Ideological fighters, without waiting for the obvious, washed off again. After moving another 30 kilometers, the Vlasovites received another proposal to fight against the army group headquarters that had arrived at them. I did not want to fight, but there was absolutely nothing to eat. There was no gasoline either. In exchange for a promise to fight, the chief of staff wrote to the Vlasovites a contentment and flew away.
        1. Roman 1977
          Roman 1977 April 15 2014 15: 31
          “YEEEEEEE!” - said the Vlasovites, received supplies and ... moved to drape further south. “The division was equipped with everything necessary and again got the opportunity to move and act.”

          Major Schwenninger, assigned by Sherner to the Vlasovites as a liaison officer, having learned that the division would not go to the front, but was about to rush off to the allies, was offended. “They tricked us!”

          “Yeah,” Bunyachenko confirmed to him.

          Schwenninger rushed to his own people and, catching up with the Vlasovites on the march, said that "it will be more bo-bo if they do not return." Like, very bo-bo, with tanks and planes. The Vlasovites understood very well that the Germans could not and would not want to organize a good bo-bo in their own rear. Because the Red Army, yes. The main thing is that the rear lasts longer. In Czechoslovakia, the Western and Eastern fronts merged most slowly, and that is why the Vlasovites went there. Least of all did the ideological fighters want to be caught between two retreating German fronts, one of which retreated in front of the Red Army. In this situation, they could have killed.

          Bunyachenko quite reasonably assumed that the longer his troops would dangle wherever they hit, if only far from the fronts, the less problems he would get on his way to American captivity. Thus, the trajectory of movement loomed quite definite. Before the surrender of Germany - to the south, then - to the west.

          Two days later, an “unparalleled march”, the Vlasovites ran to Czechoslovakia. Then the second appearance of Vlasov to the people happened. The general flew in with Sherner, condemned the actions of the division, severely scolded Bunyachenko for disobedience, and still offered to fight. Sherner participated in all this protracted circus with horses for one simple reason - he could not quickly “crush the division with tanks” due to the lack of the proper number of these tanks, and the Soviet armies could only fight with the Vlasovites in their rear. Allowing Vlasovites to just be content with rear German warehouses was risky - they could not understand their own, who fought for the right to be “contented” at the front. In general, something had to be done, although that is not very clear.

          But the conversation went wrong. Bunyachenko sent Vlasov far away, said that Germany was the end anyway, there was no ROA, Vlasov and his Scherner were in the woods, and the division was his own. Sherner shrugged and left the forest. “The rabbit was very well-mannered and said nothing” ©

          “Fu,” said Vlasov Bunyachenko. “Finally we are alone!”

          “Both generals were moved. They hugged tightly, in a friendly way. ”

          ROA went further south, exchanging grub and forage from the Czechs for weapons and cartridges. The Czechs, having obtained weapons, fled happily at night to completely remove the German garrisons, the German garrisons snarled at the Czechs and Vlasovites with modest forces. Vlasovites dragged on.

          May 2 long-awaited happened. Vlasovites saw the long-awaited Americans. The Americans also saw the Vlasovites. “With the traditional battle cry of rotten plutocrats -“ Branzuletaa-aaa !!! ” - they dived, combed the marching column from machine guns and flew away.

          However, that we are all about Vlasovites. I would like to say a few words about Prague, in which they were destined to complete their great feat. By this time, Prague had become a passage yard for the German army fleeing to American captivity. Crowds of German soldiers, draping to the west both with at least some order and without it, walked through the city, giving its residents the opportunity to enjoy all the charms that accompany such events. The Czechs could still tolerate such things from the Great German Reich. But from the dying stub, which is about to be finally trampled on, are not carcasses.
          1. Roman 1977
            Roman 1977 April 15 2014 15: 35
            And on May 2, a delegation of Czechs comes to Bunyachenko. Czechs ask Russian little brothers to help them raise a rebellion.
            “In the name of the salvation of the heroic sons of Czechoslovakia, in the name of the salvation of defenseless old people, mothers, wives and our children, help us. “The Czech people will never forget your help in the difficult moment of their struggle for freedom,” they told General Bunyachenko. ”

            “Bunyachenko did not consider himself entitled to interfere in the affairs of Czechoslovakia, but it was also impossible for him to remain indifferent and indifferent to the events taking place. All the Vlasov soldiers and officers of the First Division could not be indifferent to this. All of them warmly sympathized with the Czechs and admired their readiness for an unequal struggle with the Germans. General Vlasov and General Bunyachenko perfectly understood the responsibility that they would have taken upon themselves by giving their consent to support the uprising. The delegation left without a definite answer. - was afraid. And the Slavic brothers did not support.

            However, due to common sense, it was necessary to do something. If the Czechs rebel, and the division will just sit side by side, the Germans will disarm it first thing so as not to loom. And they can not take it with you to the captive to the allies.

            By the way, about satiety. Something had to earn the goodwill of the local population in the form of the issuance of food and fodder. All unnecessary weapons were already handed out, so it was decided to slightly disarm the Germans and thereby support the Czechs as much as possible. Well, the Czechs feed the brothers Slavs. The Germans were disarmed extremely correctly so that in case of failure of the plan it was possible to somehow dissuade.

            In general, if someone does not understand, the situation is as follows. Germans go west through Prague, committing indecency. In Prague, the Czechs feel bad, they are preparing to beat the Germans. Around Prague, the Czechs are already running through the woods and beating the Germans. A ROA sits southwest of Prague, and taking advantage of the fact that most of the Germans going west are not aware that the Vlasovites are sitting in German uniforms, slowing down the Germans passing by, taking away weapons, giving the Czechs away, getting grub from them and sitting down to guard from the Czechs disarmed Germans. If this is called the “fight against Nazism” and “the active support of the Prague uprising” ...

            However, the situation was changing rapidly. After a while, the Czechs again came to the Vlasovites, reporting something interesting. German troops approached Prague, making their way into American captivity and, instead of disarming the Vlasovites, actively beat the Czechs, because they prevent them from entering this same American captivity. The Vlasovites estimated that the bulk of the evil armed people in gray and black uniforms would already pass through Prague by the time they appeared, and told the Slav brothers:
            “YOU, BRAZA!”

            Portraits of General Vlasov, prepared in advance and waiting in the wings, were immediately removed from the convoy. Handing out these portraits to the population, the Vlasovites, who had sat out aside as the best of them, arrived at the scene in order to reap the glory of “saviors of Prague”. What they could save Prague from is not clear. There was no talk of any “suppression of the uprising and the destruction of Prague along the lines of Warsaw”. The Wehrmacht of the summer-autumn sample of 1944 could hold the Red Army on the Vistula for some time and “clear” Warsaw until January 1945. But in the spring of 1945, the Germans simply had to break through the corridor through the rebellious territories to the west and leave. There was no sense or order either to organize a total massacre or to destroy Prague. And any sane person, even a very cowardly one, understood this well.
            1. Roman 1977
              Roman 1977 April 15 2014 15: 37
              So, while German units flown around Prague on the one hand, the Vlasovites safely entered it on the other side without any difficulties, and even now they no longer needed an airfield with planes abandoned on it.

              In general, the triumph was close. A little more - and the Vlasovites will bring the rescued Prague on a silver platter to the allied forces and still heroically fall into a well-fed American captivity. But on May 7, when at a meeting between the Vlasovites and the improvised Czech government, the parties announced their plans, the Czechs sent the Vlasovites to the forest. The Czechs were extremely practical people and repeatedly suffered from this extraordinary, simply prohibitive, almost Polish, practicality. Therefore, to surrender to the patronage of the "heroes", who sat up to the last in the rear, and once again wanted to suffer from such practicality the least. And the fact that the city, which hosts the Vlasovites, who are waiting for the Americans, will suffer when the Red Army approaches, do not go to the fortuneteller. And the fact that the Vlasovites themselves from the city will immediately flush away, leaving the Czechs “waiting for the Americans” in splendid isolation at gunpoint of Russian guns - do not go to a fortuneteller either. And everything just said that the Soviet tanks would enter the city first.

              Thus, on the night of May 7-8, “support for the uprising” ended, and the Vlasovites “having left the battle” moved west after the Germans. Finally, grateful for the “rescue of Prague”, the Czech partisans caught the headquarters of the ROA, Major General Trukhin, and surrendered it to the Soviet troops. And the Vlasov generals Boyarsky and Shapovalov accompanying him were killed "while trying to resist."

              On May 10, the heroic epic of ideological fighters against communism came to an end - the Vlasovites finally met American tanks. The Americans ordered to disarm, and on May 11 all weapons except the minimum necessary to protect themselves were surrendered. Then, in a relaxed atmosphere of fully armed one side of the negotiations and complete unarmedness of the other side, the main thing became clear. The fact that epic fighters against communism still go through the woods. The American army is not going to accept the surrender of the ROA and give it any guarantees, and the territory on which the 1st division of the ROA is located will be transferred to the Russians. “And deal with each other yourself.”

              “All-end, the circus is closing, everyone is free, disperse who where!” - said Vlasov and Bunyachenko and surrendered to the Americans privately.

              “Fuck you!” - the Americans said and handed Vlasov and Bunyachenko to the Russians.

              “Heroes of the ROA” shrugged and parted wherever. Grateful Czechs caught the heroes who made their way to West Germany and surrendered to the Soviet authorities.

              A CURTAIN.

              Who will find at least any heroism in this story of the “Russian Liberation Army”, show where. I do not see. Sculpt yourself Russian national heroes from this shit - this must be very not respect yourself.
              article taken from here:



              Vlasov (third from right) with his headquarters. Hang well !!! good
    2. washi
      washi April 15 2014 16: 31
      Quote: Novel 1977
      . Vlasov dreamed of getting these people in his army, which until the end of 1944 basically did not exist, but each time he was clearly explained to him that there was a place for the inferior Slavs in the mines. With the exception of the most notorious thugs like Kaminsky’s units, who were really "fighting the partisans" too well.

      What and speech.
  10. doc62
    doc62 April 15 2014 15: 30
    the farther from victory, the more such heroes will appear. insanity will grow stronger
  11. Kagulin
    Kagulin April 15 2014 15: 39
    "And Prague rose. In a matter of hours the city blossomed with national tricolors" - the meanness and treachery of the Czechs are amazing! Not so long ago, while in Prague, I heard from a translator such words that the Germans did not export a single gram of gold from the Czech Republic to Germany, they did not export anything at all. Because they treated the Czech Republic like a younger brother! "This is how these Czechs treat us and our victory over the Nazis. And they are not our brothers, but vile collaborators of the Nazis.
    1. EwgenyZ
      EwgenyZ April 15 2014 15: 53
      I heard from the Czechs the following opinion - "Czechs are not a nationality, Czechs are a profession."
      1. Rider
        Rider April 15 2014 19: 53
        Quote: EwgenyZ
        I heard from the Czechs the following opinion - "Czechs are not a nationality, Czechs are a profession."

        These are they glorious Czech warriors

        Soviet tour near the fortress which was defended by Czech soldiers in 38g.
        On the wall there is a sign with the inscription "In this fortress, during the defense against the Wehrmacht, a garrison donkey died" A tourist from the USSR asks how many Czech soldiers died during the defense. To which the guide replies that after seeing the fate of the donkey, the garrison preferred to surrender.
  12. Grach710
    Grach710 April 15 2014 16: 09
    It is really incomprehensible that the Czechs revolted. The Germans were on the march and were on the lead from the Soviet troops. It was ugly to shoot in the back and the Germans fought well even at the end of the war. And gay liberal historians liked to tell this crap about the Vlasovites heroically fighting the Germans in the 90s. for freedom damn it.
    1. dmitriygorshkov
      dmitriygorshkov April 15 2014 18: 44
      Quote: Grach710
      Really incomprehensible nakoy Czechs revolted

      They supplied the fascists with weapons throughout the war, and not for fear, but conscientiously, and understood that they were on the verge of a "grandiose nix"! There came a time when they could be asked for this as if they were adults. independence and independence woke up in them, only they did not calculate the smallness of their forces, the Germans were still quite able to brush the history of these non-Slavs from the chess game. It was then that they had to bow to the Vlasovites ...
  13. Artem1967
    Artem1967 April 15 2014 20: 56
    From a military point of view, there was little sense in the armed action of the Czechs, who regularly supplied the Wehrmacht with weapons throughout the war, from rifles to fighter jets.

    Hitler's governor in Bohemia, Heydrich, achieved even for local workers the same support as the Germans in Germany. So the Czechs worked hard throughout the war on Germany and did not feel any special remorse. And in the final you decided to bounce! Naturally, without agreeing with anyone. And here again the Soviet soldier, exhausted by the battles for Berlin, had to go to rescue the "brothers". Eternal memory to our fighters-liberators!
  14. Zomanus
    Zomanus April 16 2014 07: 12
    How did the Czechs not protest? And black shirts?)) But in general, yes, forever we have little brothers, then the brazen had to save our soldiers.