Tehran Conference promised Stalin that a western front would open by May 1, 1944. The D Day Invasion was over a month later than promised. The Russians already won the Battle of Stalingrad in the depths of the previous winter. This was the turning point in WWII for the Nazis. From that day forwards, they were doomed. Russia created the Katyusha rockets right on the eve of the German invasion. This weapon system heralded the Russian advantage in the post war rocket race which Russia proved superior for many years.
The US and UK were shoved into D Day by Stalin who was getting irritated at the delays forcing Russia to carry most of the fighting against fascism. In retrospect, Stalin did the US and UK a huge favor not to mention, saved the Germans from dealing with their crimes against Russia, by forcing D Day so the US was able to hold half of Germany after WWII instead of nothing. The US didn’t have Katyusha rockets on D Day and many of our soldiers paid the price.
Instead, production of these rockets shot upwards after the Battle of Stalingrad began and by D Day, production was huge. Rocket delivery systems which began with only six rockets per vehicle shot upwards to over seventy per system by D Day. The size of the rockets were ten times bigger than in 1941, too. The Russians took greatest care to not let any of the rockets fall into the hands of the Nazis due to the propulsion fuels being a secret which the Nazis badly wanted.
When Stalin met Churchill and FDR in Teheran, the mass numbers of Katyusha rockets were just reaching the Eastern Front and Stalin planned for a huge push right after the meeting. So, by D Day, Russia suddenly surged forwards into Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe on a very broad front and shoved the Nazis right to the borders of Germany and Prussia itself by August, 1944, when the US and UK were moving across France with minimal resistance from the Nazis. 80% of the fighting in WWII was on the Eastern Front.
Americans underestimate the power of the Russians during WWII. They could have easily sailed right across Europe to Paris if the US and UK delayed fighting by just one year.
Russia collapsed internally due to stupid economic plans. Just as the US will do in the end. Meanwhile, due to the US being excessively proud of WWII heroics while nearly totally ignoring Russia’s gigantic role, we have this today: Kindergarten politics: The juvenilia of the G7 — RT Op-Edge
Thus France is unwilling to stop exporting its ships to the Russian navy because, let’s face it, President Hollande needs a miracle to be re-elected and sacking thousands in shipyards will seal his fate. Even the allegedly strongest leader in Europe, Mrs Merkel, is under unprecedented attack from her backbenchers who are desperate to see Germany’s economic output continuing to reach consumers throughout Russia. Italy is utterly apathetic about the concept of sanctions while Japan has been toeing the western club line but behind the scenes is clearly keen to enhance trade links with Russia, as they need to maintain a plural relationship with a nation whose recent gas deal with China has demonstrated that the real pivot is Russia to the east.
…And there’s the rub. President Obama is pushing a really successful eastern pivot strategy; the tricky bit is it’s helping Russia make the pivot while the USA remains stuck in foreign policy limbo. Meanwhile behind closed doors western governments are still bristling about the extent of NSA spying on America’s, er, allies.
That is Russia’s view of things. Many in Europe fear and hate the Russians but look at who started WWI, WWII, the Napoleonic wars and invasion of Russia. It wasn’t Russia. Russia’s expansions came piecemeal, not in global warfare. So this does raise fear in neighbors. But the sudden surges out of Western Europe are mainly responsible for much of the worst wars in human history, not invasions from Russia.
Obama Tells Scotland Not to Secede From Britain: here it is, again. The Bilderberg gang met this last week and the Brit royals and others are whining about the voters in Scotland kicking their asses out of their country. So Obama dutifully makes remarks ordering the people there to not vote for independence at the same time he is also warning the Ukrainian Orthodox to not do the same. This is a threat. I hope the people of Scotland vote for dissolution.
While the kindergarden children throw temper tantrums and demand everyone obey their whims, behind the scenes they try diplomacy: Obama Honors Moment of Liberation in Normandy – NYTimes.com
However awkward it promised to be, Mr. Putin was invited here for the commemoration by President François Hollande of France, just as Russian leaders have attended past anniversaries to pay tribute to the indispensable Soviet role in defeating Hitler’s Germany. Mr. Putin did not participate in the Omaha Beach ceremony, but he did attend a private lunch of the various leaders, the first time he and Mr. Obama were in the same place since the confrontation over Ukraine erupted several months ago.
Although they agreed to suspend Russia from the Group of 8 major powers after the annexation of Crimea, Mr. Hollande, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany each scheduled individual meetings with Mr. Putin while he was in France on Thursday and Friday. Mr. Obama, by contrast, refused to meet with Mr. Putin, but aides had not ruled out an unscripted conversation between the two men during the lunch. In fact, the two did hold an “informal conversation,” a White House official said.
And there is this news: Britain Offers 1,000 Troops, 25 Tanks in ‘Show of Force’ Against Russia. So, who is invading whom? I don’t see Russian tanks in Ukraine nor aircraft, either. And the US is sailing in the Black Sea even though this is thousands of miles away from our own shores. We are the Empire and we Rule All in a very capricious, insane way that costs a fortune.
Meanwhile, we have this stupid internal war at home over the swap of prisoners with the Taliban who love pulling the wool over our eyes being experts at this due to hundreds of years of doing this to invaders who imagine they can rule Afghanistan externally. Doomed operation, everything anyone touches there turns to shit. But is pure gold for the natives who love doing this.
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