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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

75 Years Ago… the Counterattack at Moscow Began

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5 December: The Day of the Beginning of the Counteroffensive by the Soviet Forces in the Battle of Moscow

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On this day in Russia, 5 December, we mark a “Day of Military Glory of Russia”; the counterattack by Soviet troops at the Battle of Moscow began on this day. The counterattack, the second phase of the battle of Moscow, started on 5-6 December 1941, with the Kalinin Front hitting Yeltsa. The fighting immediately became bitter and furious. In the early days of the offensive, despite a lack of superiority in manpower and equipment, and despite below-zero temperatures and deep snow cover, the troops on the left-wing and right-wing of the Western Front smashed the fascist defences south of Kalinin, cut highway and rail links to Kalinin, and liberated many towns from the enemy. Simultaneously, troops of the Southwestern Front attacked northwest of Moscow. The Red Army hit the flanks of the fascist Army Group Centre grouped around Moscow, forcing the enemy to regroup and to take measures to save its troops from a débâcle.

On 8 December, Hitler signed a directive to transition to the defence all along the Soviet-German front. Army Group Centre received orders “to retain strategically important areas at any cost”. On 9 December, the Soviet troops liberated Rogachevo, Venev, and Yelets. On 11 December, they freed Stalinogorsk, on 12 December, they cleared Solnechnogorsk, on 13 December, they liberated Yefremov, on 15 December, they entered Klin, on 16 December, they took Kalinin, and 20 December, they occupied Volokolamsk. On 25 December, on a broad front, Soviet troops advanced to Oka. On 28 December, they liberated Kozelsk, on 30 December, they took Kaluga, and in early January 1942, they freed Meshchovsk and Mosalsk.

By the beginning of January 1942, the armies of the right-wing of the Western Front reached the banks of the Lama and Ruza Rivers. By that time, the troops of the Kalinin Front reached Pavlikovo and Staritsa. The troops of the Western Front, in the centre, liberated Naro-Fominsk on 26 December, they freed Maloyaroslavets on 2 January, and entered Borovsk on 4 January. There were also successful counterattacks on the left-wing of the Western Front and by the Bryansk Front (re-established on 18 December 1941, with the 3, 13 and 61 Armies; commanded by General Ya T Cherevichenko, A F Kolobyakov as head commissar, and Major General V Ya Kolpakchy as Chief of Staff). By early January 1942, the Bryansk Front, cooperating with the forces of the left-wing of the Western Front, reached Belev, Mtsensk, and Verkhovye. All this has created a serious situation for the fascist Army Group Centre; it removed the threat looming over Moscow.

The victory of the Soviet troops near Moscow and the beginning of the counteroffensive not only had great military significance, it also had political and international Importance. For the first time in World War II, someone stopped the hitherto-invincible Wehrmacht and defeated it. Today, the date of 5 December is another reason to remember the heroes of that war…

5 December 2016

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

20 November 2016. A Photo Essay: Russia Remembered and Marked 7 November…

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On 7 November, a re-enactment of the 7 November 1941 October Revolution parade took place in Moscow. For all intents and purposes, it celebrated the USSR and its victory over the fascists in the VOV. Most working-class Russians are for a return to the USSR and its values… at the same time, many are practising Orthodox Christians. The Church seems to prefer honest Soviet values over corrupt Western “values”; the commies have dropped all opposition to religious faith and practise. The atheists in Russia are the Westward-leaning bourgeois… the believers are socialist workers.

Fancy that. The Church and Party are on the same page… the Westernisers and irreligion are on the same page. I can see why people want the USSR back… they’re tired of the corrupt non-values of the West and its Russian lapdogs. If I were in Russia, I’d vote for the KPRF gladly. Reflect on this… the commies are the faction closest to the Church… what does that tell you about the rebels in the diaspora who want to ally the Church with godless anti-Church rightwing forces? I’d advise to think well on that…

BMD

Saturday, 29 October 2016

29 October 2016. Why the “Standing for the National Anthem” Imbroglio is an Utter Sham

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NFL Football players didn’t stand for the National Anthem before 2009… afterwards, it was a Pentagon-financed initiative to hype up “patriotism”. I notice that poor men die to line the pockets of the rich. Eugene V Debs put it right… “In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor, and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the people”. Many miners in NEPA voted for Debs for Prez… today, their descendants vote for the Duopoly… shameful! Note well that none of the oligarchs or their Upper Middle lackeys send THEIR sons to die in their wars for profit… however, they want you to send YOUR sons to die to fatten their bottom-line. That’s the equation… the blood of poor men = more money for rich men. Don’t buy into that rubbish. Don’t stand for the National Anthem… the One Percent use it for evil purposes…

Be a true patriot… stand up against treacly “patriotic displays” used to justify wars in foreign parts and oppression at home.

BMD

Saturday, 22 October 2016

22 October 2016. Russians are Ready for War… Watch This Vid and See the Truth… Realise that Clinton, Trump, and Johnson are Liars

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This was from a concert on the eve of Victory Day this year (8 May 2016). Look at the audience… look at the actors… look at the chorus. Not a single one is making phony gestures or employing empty posturing. There’s a grim determination to face come what may… a sadness that it’s come to that… and a hatred of the Anglo oligarch filth who provoked it. God willing, we’ll avoid war… the Russian people and Russian state don’t want it. However, American “conservatives” are inherently and objectively evil. Their ideology is satanic, twisted, and theomachistic. “Greed is good… money makes the world go round… America is exceptional and can do whatever it pleases”. The worst are the so-called “Christians”… their “religion” has no resemblance to any real lived faith, either past or present (I speak as a Christian believer). The inanity and insanity of what passes for political discourse in the USA floors me. There’s no way that the USA could defeat either China or Russia separately… let alone as united allies, as they are now. A vote for Clinton, Trump, or Johnson is a vote for war… all of their advisors are pro-war (no matter what the candidate may say). A vote for Stein is a vote for peace. America needs peace… Russia and China want peace… the American people crave peace… the Anglo Establishment wants war. Do the maths… vote accordingly.

BMD

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