RAF Air Vice-Marshal ‘Johnnie’ Johnson who died in January 2001 was no doubt an exceptional gallant and skilful fighter pilot having been credited with shooting down 38 enemy fighters.
Despite nearly 100 years of vitriol, scorn and distortion, Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf (My Struggle) continues to be a worldwide bestseller. In fact, one worldwide survey disclosed that the Holy Bible was running second to the European social reformer’s self-assessment of his struggle to win mankind’s hearts and minds.
It’s good that the UK Government has pardoned thousands of Army deserters who enlisted in the British armed forces during World War II. These include 7,000 British-born Irish volunteers. Of course, no army can allow desertion.
The hour of the decisive battle for the future of the German nation has arrived. For three hundred years it has been the aim of the British and French rulers to obstruct every real consolidation of Europe and, above all, to hold Germany in weakness and impotency. For this purpose France alone has declared war on Germany thirty-one times in the course of two centuries.
There is one good saying that perfectly characterises the attitude of Britain towards its allies: ‘Britain has no permanent enemies and permanent friends, it has only constant interests.’
Trivial incidents of wars are often more important than the unfolding chain of events. For example:
“This raid on the night of May 11 1940, although in itself trivial, was an epoch-marking event since it was the first deliberate breach of the fundamental rule of civilised warfare that hostilities must only be waged against the enemy combatant forces.”
A WWII veteran has told the story of how he was a goalkeeper in the Sunday football league at Auschwitz. Ron Jones, 94, played in football matches organised by the camp administrators at the labour complex. The pensioner played in goal for the Welsh team in the games against other British prisoners of war.
From 4 to 12 February 1945, a conference of the leaders of the three allied powers – the USSR, the USA and Great Britain – took place in Crimea. The Soviet delegation was headed by J. Stalin, American – F. Roosevelt, English – W. Churchill. The People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the USSR V.M. Molotov, US Secretary of State E. Stettinius, British Foreign Secretary A. Eden, as well as chiefs of general staff and advisers of the countries participating in the conference.
A Highly Decorated Soviet Marshall to the Russian People about their Anniversary Celebrations.
Stepan Kashurko, Former Special Assignment Assistant to Marshal Ivan Konev, Colonel General, President of the Centre for Tracing and Perpetuating Missing and Dead Defenders of the Fatherland:
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of Victory, Marshal Konev asked me to help him write a routine article for Komsomolskaya Pravda. Having covered me with all sorts of literature, I quickly sketched a ‘frame’ of what was expected of me. Komsomolskaya Pravda victorious report in the spirit of that time and the next day I came to the commander. It was obvious from everything that he was out of sorts today.
Three years after the end of World War II tens of thousands of German prisoners of war were still being detained in post-war Britain. In March 1946, angry that the government had not announced when they could be repatriated, the Labour MP Richard Stokes said the Germans were entitled to know their expected date of release.