75th Anniversary of D-Day
Attempts to Sow Divisions Dishonour All Those Who Fought Together to Defeat Fascism
June 6 marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6,
Britain and the U.S. opened a second front against Nazi Germany with a
massive amphibious assault on the beaches of Normandy in occupied
France. The Soviet Union, fighting with incredible resilience and
sacrifice to the east, had long-awaited this development promised
by its allies. It made its own contribution to D-Day with the
coordinated Operation Bagration on the eastern front.
This year, the representatives of Britain, the U.S.,
France, Canada and others attending the main ceremonies in France, were
more boorish than ever in assigning the victory over fascism to
themselves and making no mention of the Soviet Union whatsoever. Their
refusal to acknowledge all those who contributed to the defeat of
fascism in World War II, conspicuously ignoring the role of the Soviet
Union and the Red Army, brings them no honour. Nay more, it causes
great offence to all those who sacrificed so much to defeat fascism in
their own countries as well.
For his part, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who attended the
ceremonies in Europe, issued a D-Day statement that referred to the
Allied forces, but totally omitted any mention of the Soviet Union, a
key member of the Allies. The statement concluded, without irony, with
the line "Lest we forget."
These attempts to sow divisions today dishonour all
fought against fascism, a victory that was only possible because of the
tremendous sacrifice of the Soviet peoples acting together with the
U.S., Britain and others, a victory that was hastened by D-Day. Such
disinformation is not only self-serving but constitutes malicious
by the Anglo-American imperialists, intended to portray their
present-day imperialist war and aggression as akin to the anti-fascist
struggle, and the essential factor for world peace and stability.
At the same time, the peoples of the former Soviet
proudly celebrate their unparalleled contributions to the defeat of
fascism on Victory Day, May 9, in a magnanimous spirit in which
everyone's contributions are acknowledged and everyone is invited to
take part in the worldwide marches of the Immortal Regiment. This is
portrayed by bourgeois media, especially in the U.S., as "pro-Russian"
and "militaristic," and therefore unacceptable.
The Soviet Union bore the brunt of the Nazi aggression
War II. Who if not the Red Army veterans and their descendants have a
right to have these sacrifices acknowledged and commemorated?
As TML Weekly
pointed out on the occasion of V-E Day, "Today it is commonplace to
hear the Anglo-American and European imperialists dismiss the feats of
the Soviet peoples in defeating Hitler, while claiming that it was the
historic landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944, which broke Hitler's
back. This makes it possible to claim that the United States played the
decisive role in saving the world from Hitlerism and describing current
U.S. wars of aggression and occupation as wars of liberation. All U.S.
military interventions since the landing at Normandy are said to oppose
dictatorships and tyrannies similar to Hitler's, thus faithfully
following in the tradition of the landing at Normandy."
In light of the unacceptable disrespect to the Soviet
and Red Army veterans that unfolded at the commemoration of the 75th
anniversary of D-Day, remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
in a June 5 article in Foreign Affairs Magazine, are all the
more pointed. He noted:
"Bitter as it is to witness, we see the attempts to
heroes, to artificially generate doubts about the correctness of the
path our ancestors followed. Both abroad and in our country we hear
that public consciousness in Russia is being militarized, and Victory
Day parades and processions are nothing other than imposing bellicose
militaristic sentiment at the state level. By doing so, Russia is
allegedly rejecting humanism and the values of the 'civilized' world.
Whereas European nations, they claim, have chosen to forget about the
'past grievances,' come to terms with each other and are 'tolerantly'
building 'forward-looking relations.'
"Our detractors seek to diminish the role of the Soviet
World War II and portray it, if not as the main culprit of the war,
at least as an aggressor, along with Nazi Germany, and spread the
theses about 'equal responsibility.' They cynically equate Nazi
occupation, which claimed tens of millions of lives, and the crimes
by collaborationists, with the Red Army's liberating mission. Monuments
are erected in honour of Nazi henchmen. At the same time, monuments to
liberator soldiers and the graves of fallen soldiers are desecrated and
destroyed in some countries. As you may recall, the Nuremberg Tribunal,
whose rulings became an integral part of international
law, clearly identified who was on the side of good and who was on the
side of evil. In the first case, it was the Soviet Union, which
sacrificed millions of lives of its sons and daughters to the altar of
Victory, as well as other Allied nations. In the second case, it was
the Third Reich, the Axis countries and their minions, including in the
"We hold sacred the contribution of all the Allies to
Victory in that war, and we believe any attempts to drive a wedge
between us are disgraceful. But no matter how hard the falsifiers of
history try, the fire of truth cannot be put out. It was the peoples of
the Soviet Union who broke the backbone of the Third Reich. That is a
Posted below are articles presenting a
the Red Army's Operation Bagration, notable events at this year's
commemoration of D-Day, as well as an item that details the
prevarications and ulterior motives that characterized the U.S. and
British participation throughout World War II, including D-Day.
This article was published in
Volume 49 Number 21 - June 8, 2019
75th Anniversary of D-Day: Attempts to Sow Divisions Dishonour All Those Who Fought Together to Defeat Fascism - Nick Lin