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1,418 days in hell: Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War in pictures

09.05.2014 12:06

On May 9, Russia celebrates the defeat of the Nazi forces in the Great Patriotic War (WWII), which cost the country over 26 million of lives. RT looks back at the most significant events of the bloodiest war in the history of humanity.

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Vital Aza 23.06.2014 12:49

S. Trickey 10.05.2014 15:34

Taking history as a kid here in Canada we were taught that it was the United States who saved the world <snip>. Very interesting how history his recorded here in North America.

  

The figures for military dead indicate where the war really occurred. There were more Germans killed in Operation Bagration, arguably the most successful operation in the war than the Americans killed as the made their way to the Elbe. The scales are hardly comparable. Yet will you find Bagration in your history books?

 

Vital Aza 23.06.2014 12:45

Лиза Васильева 10.05.2014 14:21

Dear Dicio Est,
Wait why 1941? 1939 is when WW2 began?

Grea t Partiotic War, does that say nothing to you? Everyone knows that WWII started in 1939 but Patriotic War started in 1941 for USSR, that's what this article is about. Open your eyes. And if you don't know WWII and GPW are not the same.

  


For Brits its 1939, for Russians its summer 41, for the Americans its Dec 41.

 

Vital Aza 23.06.2014 12:39

joel howard 10.05.2014 22:45

But don't forget what happened to thousands of German women when Russia invaded Germany in retaliation.

  



You are the result of 60 years of neocon propaganda. What you have been taught is biased towards the western view of things. If Mexico had invaded US and laid to waste Arizona and Texas, destroying rail line, bridges, village sand towns, just what would the rednecks be doing then?

 

Paul Cate 11.05.2014 16:27

There were atrocities everywhere.Thats what war is.That does not take away from the red army defending and saving thier homeland

 

Karli 11.05.2014 11:02

joel howard 10.05.2014 22:45

But don't forget what happened to thousands of German women when Russia invaded Germany in retaliation.

  



What happened to thousand of German women? Did Russians burn them alive, did they disembowel of pregnant women, did they hang them on trees, did they cut off them the busts, did they slaughter them by sword bayonet, did they bury them alive? Do not try to invent fairy tales and justify Germans...

 

Lisa Karpova 10.05.2014 23:02

joel howard 10.05.2014 22:45

But don't forget what happened to thousands of German women when Russia invaded Germany in retaliation.

  



Yeah, what was that clown? As if you didn't know that the US and western countries imported Nazi war criminals to provide propaganda, spies and government policy, including inventing the mass rape stories.

 

joel howard 10.05.2014 22:45

But don't forget what happened to thousands of German women when Russia invaded Germany in retaliation.

 

Karli 10.05.2014 22:04

happytexan 10.05.2014 19:12



Rea lly? can't find Churchill Hitler pact anywhere on web. But no problem finding soviet Hitler pact.

  


Very often signing pact does not mean being friends and allies. BWY, I can find Munich agreement and can tell you about "poor Poland" and their real role in dividing and invading Czechoslovakia, about colaboration of Finland, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Japan, Hungary, Croatia with Nazi Germany. Not about any pacts, but about real colaboration and real participation of these countries in battles on the territory of USSR.

 

Ballance 10.05.2014 21:29

Most of the comments confront US-UK versus Russia and that happens 25 years after the cold war ended. It happens because the cold war did not end the appetites for a geopolitical and military domination - on contrary, it raced much stronger. The responsibility of the people of all nations is to oppose such trends, to protect the peace and cooperate in making our World and Planet a better place to live.

 

Ballance 10.05.2014 21:23

happytexan 10.05.2014 19:12



Rea lly? can't find Churchill Hitler pact anywhere on web. But no problem finding soviet Hitler pact.

  


..but you can find agreements between Osama Binladen and the US authorities at the time Al-Qaeda was in fight against Russian. You can also find agreement today between the Ultra-right core in Kiev and EU-US. Later, they may fight against the same forces as they did to Al-Qaeda for a good reason - will that be OK for you ?

 

Ballance 10.05.2014 21:15

Harve Milt 10.05.2014 18:57

To the many brave Russian and Ukrainians who fought against the monstrous Nazi army, I solute.

  


I welcome the Salute ! - I hope both Nations stop shooting to each-other today, stretch hands and pull ahead towards peaceful co-existence and prosperity of both nations.

 

Ballance 10.05.2014 21:07

Karli 10.05.2014 19:16



Of course, USSR should leave these territories and left them to great democratic countries USA and Britain.

  


It was their own choice to establish the model of Socialism. However, the Communist parties who came in power followed Stalin - the model was conducted directly by him. Russian People won the WWII thanks to their heroism and determinism to defend their country, and in spite of the Stalin leadership.

 

Ballance 10.05.2014 20:55

warpmaster 10.05.2014 18:39

the russians didnt liberate anyone they invaded and took territory from the nazi's

  


That is call brainwashing mind. The Russian liberated Europe from fascism but of cause they believe that their model is better for the people in Europe. In much earlier time Russians liberated Bulgaria form Ottoman Empire (Mar 1, 1878 and completely withdraw their army from the country however on June 5, England, Germany and France cancelled the treaty and gave 2/3 back to Turkey. Learn history better, my friend.

 

Delete This Comment 10.05.2014 20:46

S. Trickey 10.05.2014 15:34

Taking history as a kid here in Canada we were taught that it was the United States who saved the world from the Nazis. There was mention of Canada and a few European partners but nothing about Russia.

  


Unfortunately, when the US met the Soviets, they quickly learned that Stalin was worse than Hitler, and they made a mistake.

Th e Cold War wasn't for nothing.
I thought the USSR was gone?

Thank God you weren't born in Soviet USSR.
You have no obligation to uphold their twisted Communist Morality.

S oviet Veterans helped enslave Eastern Europe 44 more years.

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