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History of the Norwegian SS volunteer Hans Christian Rommerud

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In the first photo, dated 1942, the Norwegian SS volunteer Hans Christian Rommerud holds in his hands the skull of a fighter of the Red Army, from which, according to eyewitnesses, he was going to make a candlestick or an ashtray. North Karelia. Hans Christian Rommerud cooks a skull in a pot to separate human meat from bones In the next photo, the skull of Rommeroud himself, discovered on June 25, 2006, 62 years after his death. On June 24, 1944, when injured, Rommenrud shot himself in order not to be captured by the soldiers of the 571th regiment of the 205th Infantry Polar Division, who on that day drove the Essmans from the height of Caprolat. Then, after a fierce battle of 300 people in the SS battalion Nord, less than half remained alive. The photo shows a bullet hole in the right temple and a fired cartridge case and a personal identification mark (soldier token) . Remains of Hans Christian Rommerud Obituary Death record The battalions of the 571st regiment stormed the height of

Soviet-Polish war

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Conditional name of the myth In 1920, the Bolsheviks, in order to spread the world revolution, attacked Poland. Examples of using “11.11.1918 Poland was proclaimed an independent state. In 1920, the troops of Soviet Russia attacked Poland, but were defeated at Warsaw. According to the Riga Agreement of 1921, the lands of Western Ukraine and Byelorussia were transferred to Poland from Soviet Russia ”). This myth is so popular that it is supposed to be an axiom that is known to any educated person so well that it can be joked, jealously denying this “fact”: “The hour is not far off when it turns out that the Poles attacked us in the twentieth year, and the Finns in the thirty-ninth "). Or here is a typical example from the forum speeches of an adherent of the myth: “HAHAH! You should at least read your canonical Stalinopupkin story! I would have known then why the Soviets were flooded in Poland, and what the “world revolution” is. A "Poles as part of the interventionists ...&qu

Lies and Fakes about the Red Army (Battle for the Bicycle)

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  This well-known photograph is traditionally used to illustrate articles about the atrocities of Soviet soldiers in Berlin. This theme with surprising constancy rises from year to year to Victory Day. The photograph itself is published, usually with the caption "A Soviet soldier takes a bicycle from a resident of Berlin." There are also signatures from the cycle "Looting flourished in Berlin on the 45th," etc. On the question of photography itself and what is captured on it, there is heated debate. The arguments of the opponents of the version of "looting and violence" that I had to meet on the network, unfortunately, sound unconvincing. Among them, one can single out, firstly, calls not to build judgments on the basis of one photograph. Secondly, an indication of the poses of a German woman, a soldier, and other persons caught in the frame. In particular, from the calmness of the supporting characters, it follows that this is not about violence, but abou

Fiasco: The Anglo-Franco-Soviet Alliance That Never Was and the Unpublished British White Paper, 1939–1940

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by  Michael Jabara CARLEY Professeur titulaire Département d’histoire Université de Montréal     ABSTRACT This article is about the Anglo-Franco-Soviet negotiations in 1939 for an alliance against Nazi Germany and about how the British government later tried to represent those negotiations to public opinion. The first part of the essay presents the Soviet point of view on the negotiations and how the British and French governments, though mainly the British, reacted to Soviet alliance proposals. It is a fresh representation of the Soviet perspective from published and unpublished Russian language sources. The second part of the essay focuses on how the British sought to represent the abortive negotiations through a white paper, placing the blame for failure on the Soviet Union. France opposed publication because, however carefully prepared, the white paper showed that the Soviet side had made serious alliance proposals with precise, reciprocal undertakings which the British gover