A Journal of People series
June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day – propagated by the mainstream media (MSM) as the “turning point” of World War II. But in terms of casualties inflicted on Nazi Germany, the allied invasion of Normandy is easily overshadowed by Stalingrad.
The D-Day landings in Normandy, France, are loudly propagated by the MSM as an unprecedented military victory and operation that broke the back of Nazi Germany.
Hollywood films and many media reports and books try to make the D-Day as the only immemorial achievement in the WWII.
But an examination of the facts gives a different picture:
An estimated 110,000 Nazi soldiers were killed, captured, or went missing during the battle for Normandy while Nazi losses in Stalingrad totaled 1.5 million.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then-President of the U.S., described Stalingrad as the crucial moment of the war. Winston Churchill, then-British Prime Minister, mentioned Stalingrad’s heroism, sacrifice and achievements several times in his speeches. Churchill said Hitler’s Nazi army faced the first defeat in Stalingrad.
But the MSM tries to wipe out the sacrifices, heroisms and achievements in Stalingrad from the memory of its readers and viewers. Today’s imperialist leaders feel shy to mention the name Stalingrad – its people, its fighters, women and men, soldiers and civilians turned soldiers. The facts tell reason behind capitalists’ hatred to Stalin.
Following is a series of reports/articles (part/full), gathered from the MSM, that tell a part of the story. One story in the series shows a few imperialist masters’ dirty design: Destroy the Soviet Union, the working people’s state.
The reports/articles posted here are FOR NON-PROFIT, NON-COMMERCIAL, EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE.
‘It was the Western Allies’ extreme good fortune that the Russians, and not themselves, paid almost the entire ‘butcher’s bill’ for defeating Nazi Germany’
by Ishaan Tharoor
The Independent, Monday May 9, 2016
In the Western popular imagination – particularly the American one – World War II is a conflict we won. It was fought on the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, through the rubble of recaptured French towns and capped by sepia-toned scenes of joy and young love in New York. It was a victory shaped by the steeliness of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the moral fiber of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and the awesome power of an atomic bomb.
But that narrative shifts dramatically when you go to Russia, where World War II is called the Great Patriotic War and is remembered in a vastly different light.
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by Ian Johnson
Copyright: Washington Post
Published by the History Departments at The Ohio State University and Miami University
This month, three quarters of a century ago, the most famous battle of the Second World War began. More than four million combatants fought in the gargantuan struggle at Stalingrad between the Nazi and Soviet armies. Over 1.8 million became casualties. More Soviet soldiers died in the five-month battle than Americans in the entire war. But by February 2, 1943, when the Germans trapped in the city surrendered, it was clear that the momentum on the Eastern Front had shifted. The Germans would never fully recover.Read More »