Icebreaker: Who Started the Second World War?
Translated from the Russian by Thomas B. Beattie
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1990
Western Europe, Fall 1941: The Red Army sweeps on from Germany and France toward Italy and Spain. Everywhere the NKVD imposes the bloody terror already suffered by the tortured nations of the East. Political opponents, former army officers, shopkeepers, landowners, small farmers, members of youth movements and cultural associations–millions are rounded up. The fortunate ones are shot, many more die horribly in the blood-spattered basements of Communist interrogation centers. The rest join the endless columns shuffling to the Siberian Gulag. Only the prettiest girls are kept behind alive, for now.
The lower ranks of the new Red puppet administrations consist mainly of criminals and perverts, but everywhere the key posts are dominated by Jews. Too late the peoples of Europe learn that the Talmudic admonition that “the best of the goyim must be destroyed” is taken literally by their new masters.
How close this nightmare came to becoming reality is revealed in Russian military historian Viktor Suvorov’s definitive account of the buildup to Operation Groza (“Thunderstorm”), the Red Army’s massive assault on Germany and the rest of Europe scheduled to begin on July 6, 1941.
Icebreaker details the huge scale of the long Soviet preparations to attack “the imperialist powers.” In 1939, for example, when Hitler had a total of 4,000 paratroopers ready to seize key points ahead of an advance, Stalin had more than one million. Soviet tank production dwarfed that of the rest of the world put together, but the majority of the tanks were capable of effective operation only on the good roads of western Europe and were useless when forced onto the defensive in the backward wastes of Russia. Soviet pilots were totally untrained in aerial combat, since the German Luftwaffe was to be destroyed on the ground on Day 1.
In the event, as the Chief of the General Staff Academy of the Armed Forces of the USSR, General S.P. Ivanov, admitted in 1974, “The Nazi command succeeded in forestalling our troops literally two weeks before the war began.” This was why the advancing German Wehrmacht found millions of Russia’s best troops crowded together with huge supplies of ammunition and fuel in undefensible positions right on the frontier.
Suvorov shows clearly how Stalin came within fourteen days of taking this key step along the path to Bolshevizing the world. “But Hitler guessed Stalin’s design. That is why WWII ended catastrophically for Stalin. He only got half of Europe, and some places here and there in Asia.”
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