What many people might not know is that after the epic defeat in 1939 by Nazi-Germany Polish forces regrouped in western Europe and Russia and fought on the side of British, US and even Soviet forces. They liberated Monte Cassino in Italy and moved into Berlin for the final capture of the German capital. When WWII ended Polish forces have been missing in the victory parade in 1945 in London! Poland has fallen into the Soviet domain and Churchill didn’t want to anger Stalin. So the picture of Polish soldiers on the red square in the 65th victory anniversary parade in Moscow is really something new! A late acknowledgment of the polish contribution of victory in WWII.
September 1. is the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II
World War II began like everyone knows with the attack of Nazi-Germany and Soviet Russia on Poland in 1939. Later Germany attacked Soviet Russia. Now Medvedev, Putin and his FSB/SWR (the KGB successor organization) comrades try to manipulate the history telling that Poland has been an ally of Nazi-Germany by spreading fake documentaries and aggressive press releases on that topic. The allegations are ridiculous saying that the foreign minister of Poland in 1939 was a German agent and that there has been a secret pact between Germany and Poland aimed at Russia signed in 1934… oh boy! That can’t be true – Soviets have been very good in manipulating history but these times should be over – it’s a shame
More info on the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact that defined the division of Poland between the Nazis and the Soviets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov–Ribbentrop_Pact
Russian and German soldiers after the invasion on Poland
More on onet.pl (in Polish) can be found here: http://wiadomosci.onet.pl/10424,temat.html
June 6, 1944 – a great day in history. D-Day, the biggest wartime operation ever! Today is the 65th Anniversary.
Maybe not the best transition after my last post that has been some kind of funny but it’s something that was in the news yesterday and I can’t forget: The WW1 genocide of Armenians. It’s in my opinion very similar to the Holocaust and the denial of it is a shame for Turkey! It seems there are now small steps towards normalization:
“After nearly a century of hostility, Turkey and Armenia have agreed a road map to normalise ties. The deal was made on the eve of the commemoration of the alleged 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks. It is thought to include the opening of their mutual border, something which would boost Turkey’s relations with the EU.”
More Information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide
In general this story reminds me of the Fatherland movie with Rutger Hauer that I watched recently where you see an alternative future with Nazi-Germany that won WWII. Just like the Turks in reality the Nazis of 1964 in this movie deny the Holocaust and any genocide on the Jews.
More information on the Fatherland movie and the novel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatherland_(novel)#The_Fatherland_Movie
You can watch the complete movie on YouTube!
Playlist permalink: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=197B77C3188007FF&search_query=fatherland
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“They are doomed” – this is what a Soviet Afghanistan Veteran said about the US & allied troops operating there today.
Documentary clip about a Soviet chopper pilot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOtZNDh2-Bo
… ah yea, and who messed everything up back in the 80’s? Well, the superpowers. These days we pay the price. I hope the western troops won’t make the same mistakes as the Soviets! Unfortunately it seems they do: http://defense-technologynews.blogspot.com/2008/09/nato-repeating-soviet-mistake-in.html
“The fiscal stimulus bill being debated in Congress not only won’t help the economy, it will make the recession much worse, says Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital.”
100% agree – I come from Poland, a former communist country. The Obama “more government” approach in the economy reminds me very much of the socialist way of handling the economy and doing reforms! In 1970’s first party secretary of Poland Gierek promised economic reform and instituted a program to modernize industry and increase the availability of consumer goods, doing so mostly through foreign loans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Gierek)… LOL ! That sounds like Obama! Later in the 1980’s we have seen a hyperinflation of the Polish Zloty (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_z%C5%82oty) just like Peter Schiff predicts for the USA!