The bourgeois ‘lie’ that then followed (fuelled by ‘Orwell’ and others), was that this purge of traitors was a) ordered personally by Stalin, and b) aimed at Red Army Officers who hated Stalin and wanted him removed! Stalin was the least of their worries as he possessed very little personal power (being ‘elected’ into Office), but this false story has ‘stuck’ in Western discourse and is found almost universally in explanations of ‘why’ the Nazi Germans were able to make such in-roads into the USSR in the first six-months of their 1941 attack! The fake story is that Stalin’s purges so weakened the Red Army that it was unable to perform its allotted duties when push came to shove! This is disingenuous to the power of the racist ideology Hitler propagated and the ‘new’ tactics and very good technology that Nazi Germany developed – and the fact that when all this was integrated within the German people it defeated the combined military might of Western Europe in a matter of days – with Stalin having had no direct influence over the Officer Corp of those defeated countries!
It is remarkable to consider that although the Red Army Cavalry were issued were ‘Carbines’ in 1941, this was not before massed men on horses had launched traditional Cavalry charges against the Nazi German Army as it moved into the USSR from June 22nd onwards, in 1941! Indeed, the 6th and 36th Divisions of Red Army Cavalry were literally ‘wiped-out’ as every man and horse was lost when they ‘charged’ at advancing Nazi Germany tanks in West Ukraine at the very beginning of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945)!
The Comrades of the Workers’ Institute – together with supporters, family and friends – have issued this touching ‘Memorial’ to Comrade Bala who died recently whilst under detention in a British prison! Click on the link to read the real story!
Trotskyism has become one of the most prolific threats to working-class unity and the attainment of freedom. Trotskyism fulfils the function of a ‘virus’ which
Translator’s Note: Wilhelm Münzenberg was a very wealthy and well-educated ethnic German and Citizen of the German Reich. He lived a life of opulence and luxury –