Do you know that the US virtually single handedly, with the assistance of the atomic bomb, received World Warfare II? Yep, Uncle Sam kicked Hitler’s ass. That’s the conclusion you’ll draw in the event you watch three of the preferred, extensively watched documentaries on World Warfare II. This underscores a essential level that my buddy Andrei Martyanov has made repeatedly concerning the misinformation within the west on the function that the Russians performed in profitable the warfare in Europe.
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Why is that this essential? If in case you have had an opportunity to look at “man on the road” interviews executed by entertainers like Jay Leno, Jessie Waters and Mark Cube, the common American is aware of nothing of American historical past, a lot much less the historical past of World Warfare II. Simply watch what occurs when Cube asks folks why we rejoice the 4th of July:
I’d be keen to put down a heavy guess in Las Vegas that 95% of Individuals do not know what function Russia performed in defeating the Germans. The reality is that this–with out Russia crushing the Germans on the Jap entrance, Europe and the UK can be talking German, or required to be taught it at school. One of many causes, not the one one, is how the preferred documentary sequence’ inform the story of the Nice Warfare. The narratives focus totally on what the US did with some credit score given to the Brits for having a stiff higher lip and Churchill. The Russians usually are offered as bit gamers who one way or the other survived the slaughter at Stalingrad.
The overwhelming majority of Individuals do not know that Russia misplaced extra troopers within the Battle of Stalingrad than the US misplaced in your complete warfare in each the European, North African and Pacific theaters. Ponder that for a minute.
For those who look at the listing of the highest documentaries on World Warfare II that historical past buffs in America and the UK watch it’s no surprise Individuals are so clueless.
The World at Warfare–A groundbreaking 26-part documentary sequence narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier concerning the deadliest battle in historical past, World Warfare II. The precise function of the Soviet Union in World Warfare II is mentioned in three episodes–Barbarossa: June-December 1941, Stalingrad: June 1942-February 1943, and Purple Star: The Soviet Union – 1941-1943. Russia is talked about secondarily in three different episodes–Pincers: August 1944-March 1945, Nemesis: Germany – February-Might 1945 and Reckoning: 1945… and After. The “Reckoning” episode focuses on the rising Soviet menace.
The Coloration of Warfare–A 16 episode sequence that includes precise shade footage of World Warfare II. Not one of the episodes deal with the Soviet entrance.
WW II in HD–A ten episode sequence that focuses solely on the US effort in North Africa, Europe and the Pacific.
If Individuals understood what Russia did in stopping the primary Nazi invasion exterior the town gates of Moscow in December 1941. In the event that they understood the outstanding counter assault the Stavka put collectively that led to the defeat and seize of the German sixth Military at Stalingrad. In the event that they understood the huge tank battle at Kursk, the seize of Ukraine and Operation Bagration, then I believe the folks of the US would perceive why Putin is doing what he’s doing now in Ukraine. The aphorism, “ignorance is bliss”, is fallacious. Ignorance is harmful and may kill you.
This forces me to repeat Solar Tzu’s good perception:
If you recognize the enemy and know your self, you needn’t worry the results of 100 battles. If you recognize your self however not the enemy, for each victory gained additionally, you will endure a defeat. If you recognize neither the enemy nor your self, you’ll succumb in each battle.
America’s elementary failure is that we now not know who we’re. Till the folks of the US clear up that downside, we’re on the street to defeat.