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Kremlin Says D-Day Wasn't Decisive in Ending World War II
Moscow Times ^ | June 5 2019 | Reuters

Posted on 06/05/2019 6:24:22 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege

Russia told the West on Wednesday the Normandy landings on D-Day in 1944 did not play a decisive role in ending World War II and that the Allied war effort should not be exaggerated.

Moscow's comments might irk war veterans in Britain where the 75th anniversary on Wednesday of the largest seaborne invasion in history was marked at a ceremony in Portsmouth attended by Queen Elizabeth and world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel.

Speaking at a weekly news conference in Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova offered a tribute to those who died on the western front of World War II and said Moscow appreciated the Allied war effort.

"It should of course not be exaggerated. And especially not at the same time as diminishing the Soviet Union's titanic efforts, without which this victory simply would not have happened," she said.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 19440606; dday; dday2019; dictatorship; fdr; kremlin; normandy; pos; putinsbuttboys; revisionism; roosevelt; russia; stalin; stalinistnitwits; ussr; vladtheimploder; worldwareleven; ww2; wwii
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The Soviet Union lost over 25 million lives in what it calls the Great Patriotic War, and Moscow under President Vladimir Putin has taken to marking victory in the war with a massive annual military parade on Red Square.

"As historians note, the Normandy landing did not have a decisive impact on the outcome of World War II and the Great Patriotic War. It had already been pre-determined as a result of the Red Army's victories, mainly at Stalingrad (in late 1942) and Kursk (in mid-1943)," Zakharova told reporters.

More than 150,000 allied troops launched an air, sea and land attack on Normandy on June 6, 1944 that ultimately led to the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany.

Moscow, which had been fighting German forces in the east for almost three years by the time of D-Day, and gradually pushing them back from early 1943, had been urging Britain's Winston Churchill to open a second front as far back as August 1942.

"There was a wish to wait for the maximum weakening of Germany's military power from its enormous losses in the east, while reducing losses in the west," she said.

1 posted on 06/05/2019 6:24:22 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

And I’m sure Russia scoffs at any mention of Lend/Lease.

Perhaps if Stalin wouldn’t have sided with Hitler at the outset, there would have been no need for the “Great Patriotic War”.


2 posted on 06/05/2019 6:26:56 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

D-day saved Europe and everything under Nazi attack/invasion.


3 posted on 06/05/2019 6:29:29 PM PDT by EnglishOnly (eWFight all out to win OR get out now. .)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege
The Red Army indeed dealt the Wehrmacht a death blow at Stalingrad. And after the war Stalin himself credited the US for feeding his Armies— with Spam.
4 posted on 06/05/2019 6:29:33 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard (Power is more often surrendered than seized.)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

All the money and supplies we gave Stalin were though.


5 posted on 06/05/2019 6:31:06 PM PDT by jarwulf
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To: CondoleezzaProtege
Right....which is why Stalin was always nagging the Western Allies to open a Second Front.

Does the Putin Gang also now deny the importance of Lend-Lease?

Then again, what should the Russians expect? Thanks to Progressive Libtards taking over our schools, our younger generations are lucky if they know anything positive about our own contributions to World War II.

6 posted on 06/05/2019 6:31:22 PM PDT by Lysandru
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To: Pox

They also forget the pounding the Krauts got from day and night bombing. That helped them out a lot. And if the Krauts didn’t have to fight the allies on the West they might have crushed Russia.


7 posted on 06/05/2019 6:32:47 PM PDT by HighSierra5
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Oh, suck balls, Russia.


8 posted on 06/05/2019 6:32:49 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

WE never signed a Non-Aggression Pact with Adolf, Ivan.


9 posted on 06/05/2019 6:33:01 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Yeah. Maybe the USSR wouldn’t have lost 25 million lives if it first hadn’t sold its soul to Germany for a piece of Poland, and then compounded it by driving their troops through minefields at the point of a gun.

Soviets were total scum. Imprisioned their own soldiers who became POW’s and survived to come home, only to rot in a gulag felling timber in the snow until they died.

Screw them and the memory of them. I feel bad for the individual soldiers and civilians who lost their lives, but if Russia/Soviets want to talk about their “great sacrifices” I could give a crap less.


10 posted on 06/05/2019 6:34:26 PM PDT by rlmorel (Trump to China: This Capitalist Will Not Sell You the Rope with Which You Will Hang Us.)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Russians should be grateful to the Americans for allowing them to enter FIRST and take over Berlin. Americans stopped short of entering Berlin on purpose. Patton was headed right to Berlin when Eisenhower said “NO”!


11 posted on 06/05/2019 6:34:43 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

It wasn’t the Soviet Union’s efforts that did it in for the Nazi’s in the East. It was the Soviet winter that did them in.


12 posted on 06/05/2019 6:35:03 PM PDT by Its All Over Except ...
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To: Lysandru

It was the soviet winter that did the Nazi’s in in the East, not the soviet military.


13 posted on 06/05/2019 6:36:19 PM PDT by Its All Over Except ...
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To: CondoleezzaProtege
Maria Zakharova:


14 posted on 06/05/2019 6:36:37 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

I meant “Screw them” referring to the scum in power from then to now in the Soviet Union and Russia who want to paint their sacrifices in whatever light suits them.

Not the memory of the individuals. They were just people who trusted their government only to find out what their government was really like when they woke up to a knock on the door.


15 posted on 06/05/2019 6:37:27 PM PDT by rlmorel (Trump to China: This Capitalist Will Not Sell You the Rope with Which You Will Hang Us.)
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To: Pox

Bingo.

The US produced and provided about 30% of the trucks and warplanes to the Soviet war machine during WWII. The trucks alone were critical prime movers for their supporting infantry to ride in and keep up with their armored forces as they pushed back the Nazis- and that’s while we were simultaneously providing wartime equipment to Great Britain and equipping ourselves for fighting around the globe.


16 posted on 06/05/2019 6:37:35 PM PDT by TADSLOS (You know why you can enjoy a day at the Zoo? Because walls work.)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Whatevs, Russkies.


17 posted on 06/05/2019 6:38:23 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: Lysandru

Lend lease was absolutely critical to the Soviet effort. A relative of mine was in the merchant marines handmade the murmansk trip several times. He spent the rest of his life amazed that he lived. And the Russians do you have something to be proud of in the seven out of every nine dead German soldiers were killed on the Eastern Front.

The truth is that they did most of the heavy lifting. And the truth of it is, that had the Landings in Italy France and Normandy not been conducted, it would have been a much longer harder fight for them to make it all the way to Berlin. It’s also just as true that had we landed in 42 we would have faced a much larger, better equipped, and more dangerous Nazi army. The fact of the matter is we benefited from their effort, and they’ve benefited from D-Day and the fight in Western Europe. Neither of us really could have accomplished it without the other, which is why that Alliance existed


18 posted on 06/05/2019 6:39:14 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: gaijin

The only reason Stalin survived:

1. Lend-Lease - Nearly all of Stalin’s ammo and more than 70% of his trucks were provided by FDR, whose administration was already riddled with commie spies.

2. SPY - Stalin had a spy in Tokyo named Richard Sorge, who had contacts at the German Embassy there. As allies, Germany and Japan kept one another generally aware of their general intentions. Sorge heard that Japan had no intention to invade the USSR therefore Stalin could transfer half of his troops tied down in a useless guarding action there to Stalingrad and Kursk. For that reason Hitler faced what appeared to be an endless tide of humanity opposing him.

3. Winter - Mud, then froze.

4. Hirler - He meddled in the plans of his generals.

The most critical was maybe #2.


19 posted on 06/05/2019 6:39:46 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: HighSierra5

Right. Imagine all of those 88MM flak guns on the Western Front and their personnel employed in the heavy bomber anti-aircraft role employed instead as anti-tank guns on the Eastern Front.

The toll they might have taken would no doubt have significantly impeded the Red Army’s offensives.


20 posted on 06/05/2019 6:42:32 PM PDT by DMZFrank
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