Thursday, September 22, 2011

Worst thing that ever happened: 22 Sep 1939


This is for those who believe that Russia and the western Allies were gallant collaborators in the Second World War. Seventy-two years ago today, the Russian and German armies held a joint victory parade in Brest, formerly on the border between Poland and the Soviet Union. That's Panzer General Heinz Guderian at center, Brigadier Semyon Krivoshein on right.

On the same day, Lwow formally surrendered to the Red Army, Generous terms were offered, in which Polish soldiers would be disarmed and allowed to go home, while the officers could keep their personal kit and leave for any country that would accept them. At noon, the NKVD entered Lwow, arrested every uniformed Pole, and sent him to a prison camp or to slave labor. Many were later murdered in the Katyn Forest massacres. Never forget! -- Dan Ford

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