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  1. I thought people knew about Russia’s role in WWII, perhaps not the full extent, but it’s generally known about. Especially Stalingrad.

    (Maybe the kids don’t know much, but they know little of the USSR to start with.)

  2. I had an uncle who served on the Arctic convoys taking weapons and material to Russia. Spending weeks chipping ice off the ropes and superstructure of the ship to avoid it becoming top heavy and turning turtle, while hoping they wouldn’t get torpedoed, then being treated with contempt and disdain as a capitalist lackey by the Soviet officials, gave him a great hatred of all things from that country. In later years, he even turned down the offer a lift, and walked home in the rain, because it would mean him getting into a Lada.
    The Soviet Union only declared war on Japan when it was weeks away from capitulation (and therefore claimed territorial rights to some strategic islands).
    That their mortality rate was high is not in doubt, but whether they were killed by Germans, or their own officers and party officials for failing to meet their objectives, is a matter of argument.
    He once told me that they were only our allies because “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

  3. >He once told me that they were only our allies because “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

    Definitely. Whereas their motto was “The enemy of my enemy is a running dog but one who we’ll temporarily pretend is a friend but only for as long as we have to, not a moment more, and we’ll shoot them in the back as soon as we have a chance”.

    It’s going to be wonderful when the Stalin admirers take over Britain, isn’t it?

  4. “To which I just say: are you having a fucking laugh? They were on the Nazis’ side for the first two years of the war.”

    Yeah that is pretty much my opening gambit when people say this to me, with a mention of Katyn Forest added on for good measure. I piss on the memory of the USSR.

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