Sunday, June 25, 2017

63% Defeat

From the MT:
"Two-Thirds of Russians Believe USSR Would Have Won WWII Without Allied Help"

Nearly two-thirds of Russians believe that the Soviet Union could have defeated Nazi Germany without the help of its wartime allies, a new survey has revealed. Some 63 percent of Russians said that the Soviet Union would have triumphed without aid from abroad, a new poll by independent pollster the Levada Center found.  Twenty-eight percent said that the Soviets needed Allied help to secure victory over Berlin, while 9 percent could not answer.   An estimated 27 million Soviet soldiers died fighting Nazi Germany between 1941 and 1945.  Some 36 percent of respondents blamed the Soviet Union's devastating wartime losses on Germany's sudden attack, while 24 percent said that the Nazis simply had “military superiority.” Another 12 percent blamed wartime leaders who were content to sacrifice troops to the cause, ​​while ten percent blamed the incompetence of the Soviet command. One in ten blamed the “brutality” of Nazi forces, while eight percent struggled to answer. The survey was carried out among 1,600 people in 137 cities and towns in 48 Russian regions.

^  I have always liked getting into debates with Russians over World War 2 (the Great Patriotic War - Великая Отечественная Война - in Russia.) It's interesting to see how little they tend to know about the war or the things they were taught are wrong. Most don't know that Stalin and Hitler were allies from September 1, 1939 until June 22, 1941 (in fact Stalin felt so betrayed by his ally, Hitler, after Germany invaded he didn't announce the war to his own people or even make a ...public announcement for over a week) or that the war wasn't just in Europe, but in Africa and Asia - hence it being a "world war" or that the Soviet Union only declared war on Japan on August 8, 1945 (in-between when the US dropped two atomic bombs on Japan which ended the war.) By the way: Russia is still technically at war with Japan since they never signed a Peace Treaty over the Soviet/Russian occupied Kuril Islands. Not sure how the USSR would have won the World War alone when they were only fighting in Eastern Europe (leaving the other Allies to fight in: Alaska, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.) ^

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