Re-Righting A Wrong Historical Perception

I recently came across this article which states, and attempts to correct, the incorrect perception held apparently by 87% of modern Europeans, that it was the US army which liberated Europe from Nazi oppression in the Second World War.  The RT article is well worth reading, especially if the reader also tends to hold that erroneous view.

Yes, let’s just get this important point cleared up shall we? We wouldn’t want the truth of history to be perverted, would we?

Contrary to what Hollywood, popular literature, and morale boosting news lines of the time, endlessly repeated since, would have the general public believe, it was actually the Russians who carried the main brunt of the war effort against the Nazi Third Reich in the final 4 years, 1942 to 1945, of World War 2.

It was the Eastern Front battles, to use Wikipedia’s words, that:

“…constituted the largest military confrontation in history. They were characterized by unprecedented ferocity, wholesale destruction, mass deportations, and immense loss of life variously due to combat, starvation, exposure, disease, and massacres … as the site of nearly all extermination camps, death marches, ghettos, and the majority of pogroms, was central to the Holocaust. Of the estimated 70 million deaths attributed to World War II, over 30 million, many of them civilian, occurred on the Eastern Front. The Eastern Front was decisive in determining the outcome of World War II, eventually serving as the main reason for Germany’s defeat. It resulted in the destruction of the Third Reich, the partition of Germany for nearly half a century and the rise of the Soviet Union as a military and industrial superpower.”

Records show that 80% of the losses of German forces occurred on the Eastern Front against the forces of Russia.

This makes the battles of the Western Allies following the D-Day landings in Normandy France in 1944, something of a sideshow which merely sped up the inevitable a little.  The Western Allied effort was however, instrumental in the reshaping of post-war Europe. Unfortunately though, it turned the largely pacifist and inward looking USA into the raging imperialist monster, intent on world domination, that we see today.  At the time, the US was seen as a counterpoint superpower to the growing Russian one, but now, since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US military machine has become the greatest threat to world peace.

Occasionally, just occasionally, there may be glory in war.  WW2, if there is to be such, may have been one of those occasions, but I can think of no other subsequent war of any size, between any combatants, or in any location or region, of which the same could be said.

All subsequent wars have, on the contrary, been all about the entirely inglorious objectives of imperialism, power, and control (people, resources, etc.).  They have never been anything to do with ‘National Security’, the curtailment of ‘Terrorism’, nor for cause of ‘Freedom’ or for the benefit of parties seen as ‘the oppressed’.

So, I make this statement in the interests of historical accuracy.

No, we wouldn’t want the truth of history to be perverted, would we?

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