800,000 Russians were fighting on the German side during WW2. English.
Russian government calls Ukrainians “fascists” referring to the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, members of which fought for Ukraine’s independence against Soviet Bolsheviks during the Second World War. In fact, “fascists in Ukraine” is the main argument of Putin’s propaganda, with which he brainwashes the heads of Russian citizens, who now think that Ukrainians are evil and who gladly send their sons to die in Ukraine fighting with so-called “fascists”.
It is interesting, though, that Russians somehow “forget” to mention its own Russian Liberation Army, members of which fought against Bolsheviks on the side of the Nazi Germany. In fact, Bolsheviks were very unpopular on the territories of the Soviet Union: Bolsheviks killed tens of millions of people after they came to power. That was the reason why there were so many Soviet deserters during the first years after Germany attacked Soviet Union – people did not want to die for Bolsheviks.
These people joined armies, such as the Russian Liberation Army, which fought AGAINST Bolsheviks on the side of Germany. During 1943 the number of volunteers in the Russian Liberation Army (ROA) was close to 800,000 (!). Russian Cossacks constituted the major part of ROA.
Interestingly, Cossacks were defending their territories from Bolsheviks just in the same way Ukrainians defended their regions in western Ukraine. It’s ironic that Russian Cossacks are fighting now in Eastern Ukraine against whom they call “fascists”, although they were fighting FOR fascists during the WW2.
The number of soldiers of the Russian Liberation Army was almost an order of magnitude bigger than the number of people ever involved in the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. Russians seem to forget their history.
Here is Wikipedia info about the Wehrmacht foreign volunteers:
Here you can find very detailed information about the Russian Liberation Army:
‘Soviet Union could have won WWII alone’
The Soviet Union alone indeed could have won World War II, but would have done it at a much slower pace, believes British historian Professor Geoffrey Roberts.
Why We Fight is a series of seven documentary films commissioned by the United States government during World War II whose purpose was to show American soldiers the reason for U.S. involvement in the war. Later on they were also shown to the general U.S. public to persuade them to support American involvement in the war.
Most of the films were directed by Frank Capra, who was daunted yet also impressed and challenged by Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda film Triumph of the Will and who worked in direct response to it. The series faced a tough challenge: convincing an only recently non-interventionist nation of the need to become involved in the war and ally with the Soviets, among other things. In many of the films, Capra and other directors spliced in Axis powers propaganda footage going back twenty years, and recontextualized it so it promoted the cause of the Allies.
Why We Fight was edited primarily by William Hornbeck, although some parts were re-enacted “under War Department supervision” if there was no relevant footage available. The animated portions of the films were produced by the Disney studios – with the animated maps following a convention of depicting Axis-occupied territory in black.