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I do like those old films and it brings into context all the Victory Day logo's on Vostok's etc and why these are still pertinent to Russia today once again beseiged by detractors from outside who have found it childsplay to blame them for just about everything. To the Russians this was how the whole German thing became toxic, in one moment lauding Stalin and in the next blaming Stalin's happy bunnies for everything that went wrong in WW2 Germany.

Stalin was a funny one, he laughed when told of the short 'tached one referring to the Russians as untermensch, he thought it was all a joke. When the leader of hailing invisible taxi's launched Taifun against Russia, it took three days for it to sink in to Uncle Joe that the Germans had not only invaded but liquidated a vast amount of Soviet forces.

What didn't help was a masterful stroke by Admiral Canaris who using double agents managed to convince Stalin and Beria that in the red army and navy, the officer class were all colluding to overthrow him and capitulate to Corporal Grofaz (common nickname for Mr H that carried a death sentence if used as very insulting) and so Stalin had Beria liquidate virtually everyone above Lieutenant and replaced with Commissar's approved by the party but with about as much tactical or military experience as a frog but not all the political appointees were utterly useless and as we saw in Stalingrad and the rout of the Germans from the outskirts of Moscow that didn't stop til Berlin, it was still a near thing for Russia.

Russia did bleed the most in WW2, the allies losses never came remotely close to the losses that Russia bore, there was never any trust between Stalin and the allies either and it was Churchill and Montgomery after being told they were idiots by Eisenhower not to believe Joe's promise to stop at Germany, raced to move a massive force to draw a line at Germany's western borders which did stop Stalin from basically pushing the UK and US military out of Europe. Sadly this also infuriated Eisenhower for being shown up as a bit of an idiot and nurtured a deepening hatred for the British and Churchill that finally bore fruit in Suez some years later.
 

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That was a pretty impressive dismount by Marshal Zhukov at 53:35, especially considering his size. I read somewhere that it was actually Stalin who was supposed to inspect the troops, but he was afraid he might fall off the horse. 😂
 
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