Who won World War Two and what was that epic struggle about? Why should this be so important to us today? Seventy years ago such questions were not thought relevant. Of course the Allies, essentially America, Britain and the Soviet Union, had vanquished Nazi Germany and its axis with Japan and Italy. All sides of the anti-fascist alliance fought bravely at tremendous cost, but none doubted that the fiercest and most prolonged fighting was on Germany’s Eastern Front. By RONNIE KASRILS.
After the biggest battles in history, the Soviet Red Army had crushed its aersary and by May 1945, it had captured Berlin. In the words of Britain’s wartime leader, Winston Churchill, it was the Soviet Red Army that had “torn the guts” out of Hitler’s forces.
Unfortunately, with the aent of the Cold War, and nowadays geo-political factors, Western governments have striven to rewrite history. Russia now is the opponent, and the enormous debt and respect the world once displayed and expressed for that country’s role in World War Two is being distorted. Disturbing public surveys in America and elsewhere reveal stupendous ignorance about who participated and what it was all about. In parts of Europe such as Kiev,…
Source : Daily Maverick