UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — On Sunday, the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, Vice President Mike Pence spoke at Pilsudski Square in Warsaw about the “five decades of unspeakable suffering and death that followed” the invasion. Five decades!
Pence said that for Poland, World War II ended not with victory, but with the defeat and occupation of the evil empire, which was ruled by one of the greatest murderers of the 20th century – Joseph Stalin.
The “Liberation of Europe”, the 75th anniversary of which we celebrated on June 6 in Omaha Beach, extended only to the territory up to the Elbe River in the heart of Germany.
For Elba, the Nazis, of course, were also destroyed, but an equally evil ideology won, for the Auschwitz “liberators” for decades maintained a network of concentration camps no less than Himmler’s.
So who actually won and who lost the war?
Winston Churchill in 1938 in Munich wanted to fight for Czechoslovakia, and Great Britain entered the war for Poland in 1939. Yet both of these countries for half a century fell under the rule of the Bolsheviks. Has Britain won their freedom? And if this was the predictable outcome of the war in this part of Europe, where the Nazis clashed with the Bolsheviks, why did Britain even join it?
Why did Britain declare war for the sake of a cause and a country that she obviously could not defend? Why did Great Britain turn the German-Polish war into a world war, because this must have led it to bankruptcy and destroyed its empire, while not allowing to achieve its goal – the liberation of independent Poland?
What was so vital to Britain that Hitler threatened the return of the port city of Danzig, which, against the will of the 300,000th population, was taken from Germany and transferred to Poland at Versailles in 1919?
The inhabitants of Danzig never wanted to leave Germany, and 90% of them wanted to return. Even the British cabinet considered that Germany had reason to get Danzig back.
So why did Britain declare war?
Because on March 31, 1939, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain thoughtlessly provided Poland with an open check – a guarantee of military support: if Germany uses military force to bring Danzig back and you resist, we will stand by your side.
This guarantee provided the war.
Given the reason their country went to war, the British’s actions during the war seem inexplicable.
When the Stalinist army invaded Poland on September 17, 1939, two weeks after Hitler, Great Britain did not declare war on the Soviet Union.
In 1940, by order of Moscow, all Polish officers were executed. When their bodies were discovered in Katyn in 1943, Churchill, who had already become an ally of Stalin, responded to the request of the Poles to investigate this crime: “There is no point wandering around the Smolensk graves three years ago.”
Instead of attacking Hitler after he invaded Poland, Britain and France remained behind the Maginot line and waited until Hitler’s troops attacked them on May 10, 1940, the day Churchill came to power.
Three weeks later, the British army was defeated and driven back from the continent. Six weeks later, France surrendered.
After Dunkirk and the battle for Britain in 1940, Great Britain rejected all Hitler’s proposals to end the war, holding out until June 1941, when Hitler attacked his partner Stalin and invaded the Soviet Union.
Churchill – the “man of the century” who persuaded Britain alone to confront Nazi Germany in 1940 – the “high point of Britain.”
But at the end of the war, what was Churchill’s balance?
Poland, because of which Great Britain went to war, lost to Stalinism, under whose authority it will remain throughout the Cold War. Churchill was forced to agree to Stalin’s annexation of half of Poland and its inclusion in the Soviet bloc. To appease Stalin, Churchill declared war on Finland.
At the end of the war, Great Britain was bombed, bled, and bankrupt, and its empire in Asia, India, the Middle East and Africa collapsed. In two decades, it will disappear.
France will come to the end of the war, having lived for five years under Nazi occupation and under Vichy rule, having lost its colonies in Africa and Asia, and then will also suffer a humiliating defeat in Indochina in 1954 and in Algeria in 1962.
Who actually won the war?
Of course, the Soviets, which, after millions of losses due to Nazi invasion, occupied Berlin, annexed the Baltic states and turned Eastern Europe into the base camp of the USSR, although Stalin, as they say, said this, mentioning the Russian Tsar of the XIX century: “Yes, but Alexander I got to Paris! ”
The Americans who were farthest away ended this war with the least casualties of all the major states. And yet, America is part of the West, and the West lost the world wars of the last century.
Indeed, the two wars from 1914 to 1945 can be regarded as the Great Civil War of the West, the 30-year war of Western civilization, which ended with the destruction of all Western empires and the final conquest of the West by the liberated inhabitants of its former colonies.
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