Yesterday, on the 9th of May, in 1945, the supposedly invincible Nazi war machine that had inflicted four years of horror on the peoples of Europe was brought to its knees by the heroism, determination and self-sacrifice of the Soviet people.
Every eight out of eleven Axis soldiers died fighting the Red Army on the Eastern Front, despite this, every effort is made by revisionist historians to delegitimize the voices of the peoples of the former Soviet Union, who collectively lost 27 million family members fighting and defeating fascism.
They mention the non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany in 1939, while ignoring the fact that Stalin had tried desperately to conclude an alliance with Britain and France reasoning that the Germans would not launch a war fighting on two fronts – the British secretly accepted this logic.
Then in 1939 the British and German governments agreed, at Munich, that Britain would not defend Czechoslovakia, unlike the Soviet Union which was willing to send troops to defend Czechoslovakia but was unable to because Poland would not allow the Red Army to cross its (then) borders.
Speaking of Poland, where is the moral outrage over the Polish-German non-aggression pact signed in 1934? After the Munich agreement that handed Czechoslovakia to the fascists, Poland not only got in on the land grab, but even prevented the Red Army from sending troops.
Only after the Nazis had either bought off, annexed, or occupied the rest of Europe thereby encircling the Soviet Union did Stalin agree to the Molotov Ribbentrop pact in order to outmanoeuvre a fascist-enabling Poland that was cosying up to the Nazis to bolster its territorial ambitions for Soviet territory.
Even the day after the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, Senator Harry Truman who later became President summarized the attitude of the American ruling class, saying:
“If we see that Germany is winning, we should help the Russians, and if Russia is winning, we should help Germany and that way we let them kill as many as possible” (24th of June, 1941).
No mention of Victory Day is complete without mentioning Stalin’s leadership.
In 1931 Stalin declared that IF the Soviet Union failed to complete in ten years the kind of industrial revolution that had taken the advanced nations a century to carry out – then it would be crushed – an ultimatum which proved prophetic when the Nazis invaded ten years later.
It was the Soviet Union’s industrialization and collectivization of agriculture that ensured that the country would be prepared for such a war, even to the extent of ensuring that entire factories could be evacuated and reorganized along with millions of workers in the case of an invasion.
This monumental economic transformation is what allowed the Soviet people to produce the weapons of war needed to turn the invasion back on the fascist invaders.
Prior to the Battle of Stalingrad, cities had fallen to the Nazis after a sustained campaign of terror bombing, because generally, when faced with such an onslaught, armies would capitulate as they had in cities across Europe – Stalingrad faced worse because it refused to surrender.
Pinned back against the banks of the river Volga, at the ‘Stalingrad grain elevator’, at the ‘Red October steelworks’, at the ‘Tractor factory’, to the filthy freezing sewers, the defenders, under the leadership of General Vasily Chuikov who fought alongside his soldiers, held their nerve until a Soviet counteroffensive encircled and destroyed the German 6th Army.
Here’s what Isaac Deutscher writes about Stalin’s leadership:
“…there is no doubt that he was their real Commander-in- Chief. His leadership was by no means confined to the taking of abstract strategic decisions, at which civilian politicians may excel. The avid interest with which he studied the technical aspects of modern warfare, down to the minute detail, shows him to have been anything but a dilettante.”
“He viewed the war primarily from the angle of logistics…To secure reserves of manpower and supplies of weapons, in the right quantities and proportions, to allocate them and transport them to the right points at the right time, to amass a decisive strategic reserve and to have it ready for intervention at decisive moments – these operations made up nine-tenths of his task.”
This great antifascist victory, the preservation of the USSR as a socialist country, and the creation of an entire socialist camp after the war was of major assistance to national liberation struggles across the world.
Following the overthrow of the Soviet Union, we’ve seen repeated attempts by NATO to reconquer the post-colonial world, as well as those countries that were empowered by, and asserted their political, economic and military independence with the help of the USSR.
We’ve seen it in the form of NATO’s complicity in the destabilization and partitioning of a once prosperous Yugoslavia by instigating a fratricidal war, the invasion of Iraq which created the conditions for NATO’s current proxy war against Syria, the destruction of a once prosperous independent Libya, and now, the resurrection of Ukrainian fascism to contain a resurgent modern Russia.
Victory Day serves as a symbol that these evils can be defeated. Glory to the peoples of the former Soviet Union for their heroic victory!
The above article comes from a Facebook post by Jay Tharappel, a PhD Candidate and teacher at the University of Sydney, Australia.