For us – as a multicultural British family – the Soviet War Memorial in London if far more than theoretical stone monument to the heroic
Dear Sir Website: About The Russian Arctic Convoy Project I and my family have been attending (pre-Covid19) the Soviet War Memorial in London since around 2010.
Military records are precise and concise and convey very little about the reality of war. As a family we do not subscribe to the notion of imperialist war, but we are proud that our grandfather volunteered to join the British Army to fight fascism in the 1940’s.
As the Old Guard falls away, their place in the line is often taken by their younger relatives. As British Veterans of the Soviet Red Army are not acknowledged by the rightwing British Legion – and are not welcome at London’s Cenotaph – these brave Veterans quite rightly congregate here.
Many Russian people in attendance silently hold-up portraits of their family members who gave their lives during the Great Patriotic War. It is interesting to observe that these young descendants of Soviet war casualties often also unfurl the Red Flag with its gold hammer and sickle and make pro-Communist statements.
This invasion took the German military emphasis away from the UK (and the USA) – who had been encouraged by British diplomats (and others) to attack the USSR prior to the start of WWII. The duplicitous Winston Churchill, for instance, was quite happy for Nazi Germany to destroy the Soviet Union – until Britain itself fell prey to the Nazi menace.