Posted: 18.06.2024 16:18:00

Expert on how Western countries rewriting WWII history

The history of World War II is being rewritten in the West: i.e. the events related to the Normandy landings are promoted as a turning point that changed the course of the war and helped the Allies win – as stated by the Dean of the Journalism Department at the Belarusian State University, political expert Aleksei Belyaev, in his talk with Alfa Radio

The expert recalled the events related to the Normandy landings on June 6th, 1944, “The United States and the United Kingdom opened the so-called second front in the war against Germany, although it had been discussed from the very beginning. The front was proposed to open in 1942-1943, but the Allies had a very clear understanding: they were opening it not to help the USSR, but to help themselves. Initially, Churchill proposed to open the second front on the territory of the Balkan Peninsula in order to wedge between the troops of Germany and the USSR, thereby cutting off the Soviet Union and preventing it from spreading communism in Europe, as he said. However, it was technically very difficult to realise that plan, as there was no base where the Allies’ troops could be concentrated. Therefore, the second front was opened in 1944 after preliminary agreements.”

Mr. Belyaev added that, literally at the end of June, Operation Bagration began, as a result of which most of the territory of the USSR was liberated and Soviet troops headed to Europe to smash the German army.

At present, the West is presenting these facts differently, and the expert explained, “The Normandy landings were, of course, very technically difficult and expensive, but there was a rather small ratio of troops: 300 thousand on the German side and about 150 thousand on the part of the allies. Naval ships were involved as well. At the same time, look at Bagration. At first, the campaign united more than 1 million Soviet people and 900 thousand Germans but, by the end of the operation, Soviet troops numbered 2.5m people, and German – 1.5m. Tens of thousands of tanks and artillery weapons were also involved on the Soviet side. What is the result? Until now, Bagration is known as the largest land operation in the history of wars. The Wehrmacht's Army Group Centre was completely defeated, and almost all territory of the USSR was liberated. Soviet troops entered the territory of Europe and began to fight in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Germany. True, the significance of what happened during the Normandy landings and during Operation Bagration is incomparable, but the Western states are now presenting history to their citizens in such a way that the Normandy landings were like a turning point that changed the course of the war and enabled the Allies to win. Unfortunately, we see that propaganda works there in such a way that society begins to change its mind. Earlier, for example, only 20 percent of people in France believed that Americans had defeated Germans, but the figure now stands at 60 percent. This is very sad, because historical memory has been killed in the West, and May 8th is celebrated there as a day of remembrance and mourning, rather than Victory Day.”