Part I, Part II On July 28, 1942 Stalin issued his famous order no. 227: “Not one step back!” And this was not because he had forgotten to do it in 1941, but because the state of affairs on the front lines of the war had become much more dangerous […]
But out of the 34 merchant ships and tankers in the PQ 17 convoy, which set sail out of Hvalfjörður fjord on June 27, 1942, only 13 made it to the shores of the Soviet Union.
In previous installments of the Episodes, we have frequently described the obvious examples of British diplomatic maneuvering in regard to Hitler immediately prior to and at the beginning of World War II (please read, for example, the chapters Poland Betrayed and Who Signed the Death Sentence for France in 1940?) […]
Last week NATO held its summit in Warsaw, Poland. As citizens in NATO countries wonder what benefits they get from NATO membership, it is important to consider some facts. Historians and analysts in Western Europe and the United States imbue disproportional blame on Russia while neglecting opportunities for cooperative economic […]
To those who rewrite the history, fight the monuments and insult the memory of the perished, we have a simple answer: yes, we can re-show it!
Part I, part II, part III, part IV What problems were keeping the leaders and diplomats of the world’s great powers busy during the spring and summer of 1939? Hitler’s primary task was to neutralize the threat of the Soviet Union entering the war. Hoping that England and France would […]
Three former US ambassadors to Ukraine have recently praised Angela Merkel and David Cameron for their refusal to come to Moscow in May for taking part in the celebration of 70th anniversary of the victory in WWII. The authors believe that Merkel, Cameron and Obama should go to Kiev instead, […]
The outbursts of anti-Russian rhetoric of Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is certainly very bizarre in view of her curriculum vitae. Dalia Grybauskaitė is a very educated woman. Because of the free education system of the former USSR, she was able to complete her university education at the elite Saint Petersburg […]
In the previous chapters of the Episodes, we looked at the British policy towards Nazi Germany, which was designed to pit the Fuhrer against Soviet Russia. To accomplish this, Hitler was provided with substantive economic and political assistance between 1933 and 1939, Germany’s biggest industrial areas that had been lost […]
The essential cause of the stability of our currency was to be sought for in our concentration camps. Adolf Hitler For many years a single question has tormented the historians and politicians of many countries: would it have been possible to prevent the horrific Second World War? And it’s clear […]
In the closing days of WW II, Winston Churchill came up with a bizarre plan for a joint British-American attack on the USSR. When told the Russians would bombard the UK on a massive scale, the British PM quietly backed off. On May 8, 1945, as people everywhere celebrated the […]
In this time period which started in 1930 with wooden plow shares to winning the war in Europe almost single handedly to a cache of nuclear weapons in 1955. How did all this happen? In the 1950’s if one were to suggest that the Soviet Union would produce more iron […]