The Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army (Рабоче-крестьянская Красная армия (РККА)

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The Eternal Red Army! The ‘Red Army’ is our army. It is comprised of the people – and fights for the liberation and progression of the people (wherever Socialism develops). No other army in history has been like this. Bourgeois armies only fight for the limited objectives of capitalist governments – and do not care about the people. The Red Army only fights wars of self-defence and is a vehicle for any and all cultural development. Its purpose is not only for success in warfare – but also strives to develop the minds and bodies of the people to their maximum capacity in the service of humanity. The Red Army is an expression of Socialist and Cmmunist reality where equality and progression exist simultaneusly, and it is understood that te individual is only safe and secure within an advanced collectivity. Finally, the Red Army seeks to end all wars and establish peace and Socialism in a new era for humanity.

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Военный парад на Красной площади

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Rejecting the Bourgeois Publishing Industry

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http://www.chandao.co.uk/published-articles.html

As an academic specialising in the subjects of Chinese history, culture and philosophy, and also the study of actual Soviet history, I decided some years ago to have nothing to do with the bourgeois publishing industry. This is despite having numerous academic and journalistic article published in newspapers, journals, magazines and books (both online and as paper articles). My experience has been that the bourgeois publishing industry works in collusion with capitalist governments, and perpetuates ‘official’ versions of history that have little or no association with established fact. These publishers are always seeking new ways of exploiting writers and their work – attempting to make money whilst they propagating ‘fake history’ and ‘fake news’ as if it was ‘real’. The lies about Communism, China and the Soviet Union are so huge that the truth of the matter is eclipsed by this industry that ruthlessly controls the publication of books to both the general public and the academic community. Individuals are left to research subjects for themselves, which invariably requires ever more ingenious methods for establishing the truth that by-passes the ‘fiction’ that circulates as ‘fact’. The rise of the internet has made it easier for progressive and free thinkers to seek-out and share alternative sources of reliable academic information, and distribute research that counters many of the official but false narratives that the media, academic community and government choose to ignore. This is not alternative history but rather ‘real’ history, with the official narratives constituting the ‘fake’ paradigm. The USSR used to have an internal publishing facility that allowed any Soviet citizen to write and publish a book that could be read by any other Soviet Citizen in the USSR. The publishing and distribution were entirely free, and encouraged to develop ‘free thinking’. Alexander Werth (the BBC correspondent) mentions this means of Socialist communication a number of times in his books. Do not bow-down to the bourgeois dictatorship of knowledge – strike out on your own and establish the real facts of the matter!

Salute to the Soviet Red Army in Afghanistan (1979-1989)

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Artwork from the Soviet incursion (and attempted) Liberation of Afghanistan (1979-1989). Soviet Red Army troops hold a high-point from the Western-backed Mujhahideen – the fore-runner of Al Qaeda and the Taliban (co-ordinated by CIA Operative Osama Bin Laden) and laughingly eulogised in the Hollywood movie ‘Rambo III’. When Soviet Forces left Afghanistan due to Western pressure in 1989 – Osama Bin Laden declared war on the USA and its presence in the Middle East. What complex webs we weave! Prior to this, Soviet (i.e. Russian) accounts of this War of Liberation describe how captured Red Army soldiers were routinely ‘brutalised’ by the Mujhahideen before being viciously ‘behead’ – usually through the use of a rusty knife cutting slowly through the throat toward the spine – an act designed to pro-long the dying experience, and create as much pain as possible. Captured Mujhahideen stated that ‘American’ Advisers had taught them this method – (falsely) stating that it was inaccordance with the Holy Qur’an. Mujhahideen who refused to use this method were often shot-dead in public by these Americans as a punishment for disobeying the will of the US. On occasion, the CIA demanded that small groups of Red Army prisoners be ‘shot’ in the back of the head by their Mujhahideen captors in public – with these murders being ‘filmed’ to be shown in the US – these films still exist showing young Soviet men literally begging and crying for their lives before being killed (usually by the ‘elder’ and more ‘senior’ Mujhahideen Officers). The Soviet Red Army had entered Afghanistan at the behest of a fledgling Socialist government that had – through popular support – thrown off feudalistic tribalism and had started to try and build a ‘new’ society in the area. Do not forget the Soviet Red Army sacrifice in Afghanistan – or the brave ‘Socialist’ Afghanis that were systematically ‘murdered’ by the CIA.

Fijian Troops at China’s 70th Victory Over Japan Parade (2015)

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I have read estimates within Chinese academic sources that between 1931 – 1945 – there were an estimated 60 million deaths of Chinese men, women and children. This was primarily due to the Japanese Imperial Army agitating in Manchuria (North-east China) prior to the ‘official’ outbreak of the Pacific War between Japan and the USA in 1941. I suspect this figure also includes millions of Chinese civilians ‘murdered’ by Chiang Kai-Shek’s Nationalist Armies – supported, financed and armed by the capitalist West. Ironically, it was at the behest of the USA that the Soviet Red Army invaded and ‘liberated’ the Japanese controlled North-east China in August, 1945, an act that freed the Chinese people from Japanese Imperialist oppression, and paved the way for the final victory of Mao Zedong’s Communist People’s Liberation Army (PLA) over Chiang Kai-Shek (in 1949). After fleeing to Taiwan in 1945, Chiang Kai-Shek unleashed a murderous campaign against the non-Chinese indigenous population (that resisted what they saw as a ‘Chinese’ invasion), and a initiated a ‘White Terror’ campaign that lasted decades, murdering thousands of Chinese people suspected of having leftwing sympathies. The Soviet Red Army handed-over the entirety of North-east China (including its Japanese industrial infrastructure and captured weaponry) to Mao’s Communist Forces – an act that effectively finished Chiang Kai-Shek. It is clear that it was the ‘Communist’ forces that ‘liberated’ China from Japanese fascism, whilst also fending-off Chiang Kai-Shek’s Western-backed fascism. Of course, due to its Communist connotations, the Western, capitalist countries (that place so much sentimentalism toward the memory of its own veterans), boycotted this 70th Anniversary Parade – showing no respect for the 60 million Chinese casualties.  However, the forces of 17 other countries did attend this event including Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Egypt, Cambodia, Laos, and Pakistan (although not India, whose incumbent, rightwing and fascist BJP government is busy pursuing an anti-Chinese disinformation campaign at this current time). I include within this post photographs of the Fijian contingent taken from video footage of the march.

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The Myth of Soviet Anti-Tank Dogs (1941-1945)

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Red Army Dogs Training to Sniff-Out Explosives

Cold War anti-Soviet disinformation runs rife today, not only in the West, but also within modern (capitalist) Russia. The lies perpetuated by the US from 1945 to 1991 (primarily through various CIA missions and initiatives), have main-streamed and are mistaken by many to be ‘true’, when in fact they are ‘false-hoods’. This is not a matter of dogmatic belief, but is rather the consequence of logical and rational research that establishes fact from fiction, and reveals the truth of the matter. If the reader seeks out the various Youtube videos of ‘Top 10’ craziest weapons, the chances are that sooner or later a story about the apparent ‘stupidity’ of Soviet Anti-Tank Dogs will be encountered. The disinformation in the West states that as the Soviet regime was despotic and backward, the use of dogs to destroy tanks was not only cruel, but also highly ineffective (such was its stupidity). It states that these dogs were trained to ‘smell’ the diesel fuel used by Soviet tanks – and not the regular petrol used by Nazi German tanks. The story continues that because of this stupidity, Soviet war records are replete with numerous incidences of Soviet tanks being destroyed by their own Red Army dogs. It is also stated in this mythical account that Soviet dogs often ran back into their own – killing hundreds of Soviet troops. Finally, these bias accounts all agree how ‘cruel’ this Soviet policy was. None of these supposed facts, however, are remotely true.

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Red Army Dogs – Moscow May Day Parade 1938

As was the case with most armies in the world, the Soviet Red Army agreed to use dogs for many and varied military duties. Carrying medicines, ammunition and explosives were the primary duties of these dogs, together with guard duty of military bases or positions (they were trained to recognise and aggressively attack approaching enemy soldiers). These dogs were very popular throughout the Red Army and well respected amongst the general public. They were tough, long suffering and extremely loyal to their handlers. However, during 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi German military machine invaded the USSR and initially inflicted one defeat after another on the Soviet military forces. Not only this, but as quickly as part of the Soviet Union was taken, the Nazi Germans would immediately begin applying the policy of the ‘holocaust’ upon the Soviet people. People were dying in their hundreds of thousands and in their millions, and times were exceedingly hard for the Soviet population. Soviet Red Army dogs fought bravely in this war, often throwing themselves on advancing Nazi German forces and dying in the process, whilst attempting to buy their handlers precious seconds of time to get to safety. Soviet Red Army dogs also picked up Nazi German hand-grenades and run toward the Nazi German lines in an attempt to protect Soviet troops. Despite their undoubted bravery, were Soviet Red Army dogs used on suicide missions to destroy Nazi German tanks? Russian language sources suggest not, as there are no Soviet era records that confirm that Red Army dogs were used en mass during the Great Patriotic War. In fact, the only accounts of Red Army dogs crawling under Nazi German tanks originate with the Nazi German forces themselves, and these stories only amount to just two in number. One Nazi German source suggests that a Red Army dog destroyed one Nazi German tank during October, 1941, on the outskirts of the city of Karachev (1). In the summer of 1943, during the Battle of the Kursk, another Nazi German source states that 12 German tanks were destroyed using Red Army dogs (2). A potential third Nazi German source is discredited even amongst Western anti-Soviets, as it emanated from a Soviet defecter to the Nazi Germans. This particular individual also (falsely) stated that the Soviet Red Army possessed ‘flying tanks’. The crucial research point that every researcher misses is that the Soviet system recorded every policy (and its effect) with scrupulous accuracy as a means to plan with greater clarity and to learn from mistakes – and yet the Soviet Archives do not contain even a single mention of Red Army dogs being deployed to attack Nazi German tanks.

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Many Soviet Units Possessed Highly Trained War Dogs

A number of military experts have stated that there may have been experiments with training dogs to ‘drop’ fused explosives under the bellies of tanks, but that the training took far too long and was often unsuccessful for numerous reasons. One expert even wrote that he did not think it was practical for a dog to crawl under a moving tank and position itself correctly to do any damage (primarily due to difficult terrain and lack of space under the tank). In training, the dogs would often scatter and go into hiding, with many never re-appearing, whilst some were accidently run-over by the Soviet tanks. On the face of it, it seems far easier for a man or woman to run up to a Nazi German tank and plant explosives, rather than a handler risking his or her life – and that of the dog – by hovering in the general locale of a Nazi German attack! What seems to have happened is that one method of training a dog to carry a bomb under a Nazi German tank (apparently with the dog approaching the tank from behind), namely that of food deprivation (and the conditioning that food could be found ‘under’ the tank), has been taken and blown-out of all proportion, and through disinformation, turned into a deliberate system-wide policy by the Soviet regime. This is typical of Cold War anti-Soviet propaganda designed to pull at the heart-strings of those who care for their dogs in the West. The reality is that the Soviet Red Army soldiers also cared for their dogs with an equal concern. However, the use of ‘dog cruelity’ has also been deployed against Communist China and North Korea – for exactly the same reasons – the discrediting of Socialism. In the years following the Soviet victory in WWII, those remaining Soviet Red Army dogs marched in the May Day parades, and were even awarded medals for their bravery. The idea that the Soviet regime would have made use of a highly inefficient and cruel method to fight the barbarous Nazi Germans, is of course, a racist Cold War myth that has no basis in fact. Therefore, all the apparent facts and stories surrounding this issue in the West, are nothing more than a groundless conspiracy theory.

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(1) Paul Karel. Hitler goes to the East. Eastern Front. Book I. From Barbarossa to Stalingrad. 1941-1943. (A. Kolin’s translation). M., EKSMO, 2009. p.147-149

(2) Zaloga, Steve. The Red Army of the Great Patriotic War, 1941-45. Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM: Osprey Publishing. 1989. pp. 43. 

Russian Language References:

http://inosmi.ru/russia/20150508/227248621.html

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Противотанковая_собака

http://army.armor.kiev.ua/engenear/sobaka-mina.shtml

Kim Sung-il Praises the Soviet Red Army!

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“If the Soviet Army had not liberated Korea – Kim Il Sung said, – there could not have been a free North Korea. Therefore, the Soviet Union’s victory in World War II opened a new page in the history of the Korean people. “

In the report of the meeting of representatives of democratic political parties, social organizations and administrative departments of the People’s Committees of North Korea – held on February 8, 1946 -Kim Il Sung said:

“After the heroic Soviet Army defeated the Japanese imperialists and liberated Korea, the situation in our country has changed radically forever. For the Korean people have gained their liberation and freedom, and have a bright future, and a powerful momentum on the path of building a democratic independent state.”

At the solemn meeting in honour of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK on September 8, 1958, Kim Il Sung said:

“With the liberation of Korea, the great Soviet Army freed us from the colonial yoke of Japanese imperialism, and consequently, our people have opened a wide road to national independence and democratic development of the country.”

At the Liberation Monument, built in the DPRK, in the Russian and Korean languages is written:

“Eternal glory to the great Soviet Army that liberated the Korean people from the yoke of Japanese militarists, and opened the way to freedom and independence.”

Russian Language Reference:

http://www.vkpb.ru/index.php/kndr/item/2564-kim-ir-sen-o-roli-sovetskoj-armii-v-osvobozhdenii-korei

 

How Estonia Murdered its Jewish Population (1941-1942)

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Soviet Red Army Troops Witness the Horror of Klooga Concentration Camp

‘The arrest of all male Jews over the age of 16 years is over. All of them were destroyed by the Estonian defense forces under the supervision of Sonderkommando 1a.’

(Official Report: Einsatzgruppe A Extermination Activities)

Estonia is one of a number of Eastern European countries that borders Russia, and which was ‘liberated’ by the Soviet Red Army forces in September 1944. The point of this article is to expose the anti-Soviet and anti-Socialist policy of the US-based English language Wikipedia pages, and the Estonian support for the political far-right. Today, since the inception of President Obama’s policy of the ‘Nazification’ of Eastern Europe (as a means to contain an ‘imagined’ threat from modern Russia), Wikipedia has colluded with various Eastern European countries in the manufacture of easily accessible ‘pseudo-history’ designed to pursue an implicit rightwing agenda. This ‘new’ fascism (termed ‘neo-Nazism’) pursues all the old US prejudices against Russia, with the added twist that the ‘Communist’ USSR was a regime that was identical with the ‘fascist’ dictatorship of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Indeed, the conflating of the USSR with Nazi Germany is the mainstay of Western anti-Soviet literature that thoroughly misrepresents the history of the Soviet Union, and ignores the suffering the Nazi German regime inflicted upon the Soviet people. This obviously deficient approach to history, is of course ‘ahistorical’ in nature, and is comprised of the bourgeois imagination separating the world into the mythological ‘good’ and ‘evil’ of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Capitalism is ‘good’, whilst every opposing ideology is deemed as ‘evil’. As a consequence, the 27-40 million Soviet casualties during WWII are played-down (or even denied), the Soviets are accused of committing all Nazi atrocities (or atrocities of their own that are presented as far ‘worse’ than anything the Nazi did), and the Nazi Germans are presented as being ‘freedom fighters’ and even ‘liberators’. This distorted grasp of reality can be seen in the number of published books over recent years, containing the confessions of various individuals (from different Eastern European countries) that ‘collaborated’ with invading Nazi German forces. Many such individuals were executed by the allied forces leading up to the end of the war in Europe, with many others executed after WWII had ended. In the Soviet Union, such individuals that had assisted the Nazi German forces in their campaigns of genocide, were usually hung in public. Therefore, immediately after WWII, it was universally agreed that anyone who had deliberately collaborated with Nazi German crimes against humanity, were criminals of the lowest kind.

To counter Estonia’s ‘official’ distorted history, and Wikipedia’s support for it, I have accessed Russian language historical records, and have discovered a much more routine explanation for the issue of Estonian history, which must be termed ‘alternative’ or ‘speculative’. What modern Estonian history cannot be termed is ‘factual’. Estonia has been dominated by the political far-right for decades, and it is this strong and unopposed opposition to this Estonian nationalism today, that has led to a complete re-writing of its history. Estonian history today can best be described as politically motivated, rightwing mythology, that is very similar in construct to that of Nazi Germany. Just as Hitler identified ‘Communism’ as his primary enemy, the Estonian government incessantly strives to misrepresent, distort and sully any and all aspects of the history of the Soviet Union. In fact, so wide-spread was the general collaboration of the Estonian population with the invading Nazi German forces, that by the end of January 1942, virtually all the Estonian Jewish population had been rounded-up (primarily by Estonian ‘volunteers’) and murdered under the watchful eye of the Nazi German occupiers. So successful was the anti-Jewish pogrom in Estonia that on January 31st, 1942, the Chief of the Security Police and SD, sent a report to Berlin, where it was reported that ‘Estonia is already completely free of Jews.’ Thus, the ‘Jewish question-final solution’ was implemented in Estonia for the first time in Europe, and due to the popularity of the Nazi German invaders amongst Estonian population, the Nazi Germans were able to declare Estonia officially ‘judenfrei’ in early 1942. When the Soviet Red Army ‘liberated’ Estonia in September, 1944, (following vicious fighting against the Nazi German forces supported by ‘volunteer’ Estonian SS Units), the Estonian Klooga Concentration Camp was discovered. This camp had held Soviet POWs, Jews, Romany, homosexuals and dissidents in the harshest of conditions. The Nazi Germans were able to operate this camp with such efficiency due to the complicity of the Estonian population. As anti-Semitism was common in Estonia, many Estonians had no moral qualms assisting in the rounding-up and murder of the entire population of Estonian Jewry. In fact, historical evidence suggests that so successful was the Estonian massacre of the Jews under Nazi German administration, that Adolf Hitler used the Estonian example as his ‘blue print’ for all subsequent extermination campaigns throughout Europe and the USSR. Needless to say, as the Soviet Red Army approached Klooga Concentration Camp, the Nazi German forces (together with the Estonian SS ‘volunteers’) started desperately to exterminate the remaining prisoners, and to pile their bodies on heaped-up logs for burning. Wikipedia, in its support for Estonian fascism, blatantly ‘lies’ when it suggests that the Estonian guards – that had been historically responsible for much of the killing – suddenly had a change of heart and tried to ‘protect’ the prisoners. Soviet accounts state clearly that this never happened, as the Estonians viewed Nazi Germany as an empowering ally, and would never have confronted its occupation in any way. In 2006, in an attempt to ‘mask’ its neo-Nazi collaborating history, the Estonian government ‘banned’ any public display of German swastika (a symbol still very popular amongst the Estonian people), together with the Red Flag of the Soviet Union (featuring the hammer and sickle of the international working class). In recent years, Estonia has had to confront its Holocaust-supporting past, after hosting a delegation from Israel at the site of the Klooga Concentration Camp.

Russian Language Reference:

http://www.stena.ee/blog/segodnya-v-estonii-chtyat-pamyat-zhertv-holokosta (Exposing Estonian complicity in the Nazi German Holocaust)

English Language References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estonia_in_World_War_II (Supporting Estonian myth-making and pseudo-history)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klooga_concentration_camp (Perpetuates the myth that Estonian Concentration Camp guards tried to ‘protect’ prisoners they had been previously killing, from final execution)

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