800,000 Russians were fighting on the German side during WW2. English.

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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wehrmach…

Here you can find very detailed information about the Russian Liberation Army:
http://www.feldgrau.com/rvol.html


‘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” Films By Capra: American Propaganda During WW2

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.

PRELUDE TO WAR: examines the difference between democratic and fascist states, and covers the Japanese conquest of Manchuria and the Italian conquest of Ethiopia. Capra describes it as “presenting a general picture of two worlds; the slave and the free, and the rise of totalitarian militarism from Japan’s conquest of Manchuria to Mussolini’s conquest of Ethiopia.”
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THE NAZIS STRIKE: covers Nazi geopolitics and the conquest of Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. Capra’s description: “Hitler rises. Imposes Nazi dictatorship on Germany. Goose-steps into Rhineland and Austria. Threatens war unless given Czechoslovakia. Appeasers oblige. Hitler invades Poland. Curtain rises on the tragedy of the century—World War II.”


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DIVIDE AND CONQUER: about the campaign in Benelux and the Fall of France. Capra’s description: “Hitler occupies Denmark and Norway, outflanks Maginot Line, drives British Army into North Sea, forces surrender of France.”

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THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN depicts Britain’s victory against the Luftwaffe. Capra’s synopsis: “Showing the gallant and victorious defense of Britain by Royal Air Force, at a time when shattered but unbeaten British were only people fighting Nazis


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THE BATTLE OF RUSSIA shows a history of Russian defense and Russia’s battle against Germany. Capra’s synopsis: “History of Russia; people, size, resources, wars. Death struggle against Nazi armies at gates of Moscow and Leningrad. At Stalingrad, Nazis put through meat grinder.”


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THE BATTLE OF CHINA shows Japanese aggression such as the Nanking Massacre and Chinese efforts such as the construction of the Burma Road and the Battle of Changsha. Capra’s synopsis: “Japan’s warlords commit total effort to conquest of China. Once conquered, Japan would use China’s manpower for the conquest of all Asia.”

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WAR COMES TO AMERICA shows how the pattern of Axis aggression turned the American people against isolationism. Capra’s synopsis: “Dealt with who, what, where, why, and how we came to be the U.S.A.—the oldest major democratic republic still living under its original constitution. But the heart of the film dealt with the depth and variety of emotions with which Americans reacted to the traumatic events in Europe and Asia.
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