By DAVE STEVENS
Far away my eagles brave are flown
My eagles ― Cossacks of the Don.
(Old Cossack song).
The name Yalta, like the name Dresden, is a word of shame in the history of Europe. In many ways the Yalta conference which took place in February 1945 was a mirror-image of today. The mutually-hostile forces of East and West, capitalism and communism, carved up the globe but were both united in their opposition to the rise of a third force. This had been true to such an extent three years earlier in 1942 that the American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, had brought the USA into the war when as many as 80% of the population were inclined towards neutrality. This cold act of cynicism was typical of the whole hypocritical charade that the Second World War was clothed in.
The war was, we are told, fought for the defence of Poland against Nazi imperialism. Yet by February 1945 the nations of Rumania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, as well as Poland and much of Germany, were in the hands of Soviet imperialism.
The unpalatable reality for the reactionary rulers of the so-called democracies is that it is only the rearguard actions of the 'evil' Waffen SS, fighting village by village, street by street, which prevented the Soviet influence from pushing further. Meanwhile, the West, who were prepared to go to war over Silesia, allowed half a continent to be chained and remain chained to this very day. When the workers uprisings of Hungary and Poland were crushed all that the West was prepared to spill was crocodile tears. Such is the hypocrisy which epitomised the raison d'etre for World War Two.
Nowadays, almost any mercenary or trigger-happy death squaddist can use the mantle of being an 'anti-communist', and any peasant who wishes to own the land he works on will be accused of being a communist. Yet between 1944 and 1947 we handed over two million genuine anti-communists into the hands of genuine communist murderers (the Jewish-dominated N.K.V.D.)
This decision, enshrined at Yalta, to hand anti-communists over to the Soviets, was known to only a few people in Britain. Eden, Harold (you've never had it so good) MacMillan and selected rodents at the Foreign Office being among the few who knew.
So what exactly happened?
Almost incredibly, many of those people sent to their deaths weren't even Soviet citizens. Many thousands more, fugitives who had fled Russia in 1919, were handed over to the infamous SMERSH in Austria. The reason for these refugees from Bolshevism being sent back to Russia has never been explained.
The press at the time suppressed the truth, George Orwell being an honourable exception. He claimed that there was a conspiracy to hide the truth from the British people. Instead, he went on, there was a deliberate attempt to push "the poisonous effect of the Russian mythos on English intellectual life". The mythos Orwell was referring to being the view promoted by the 'British' left that Stalin's Russia was a free and just society.
Editors refused to publish news which put the Soviets in a bad light. One of the most disgusting examples of this cynical distortion of the truth came from a slimy liberal called A.J. Cummings who wrote in the News Chronicle that "with the exception of one man, all these Russians are ... eager ... to get back to their own land." Cummings happily ignored the fact that whole Cossack families committed suicide rather than "go back to their own land", the land of Stalin's butchers!
One example in particular shows what a home for sewer rats the Foreign Office was and no doubt still is. It concerns some Russians, being held in British camps, who were so "eager to get back to their own land" that they committed suicide. The Foreign Office's reaction to the suicides was totally unfeeling. To quote one Patrick Dean, the news might "possibly cause political trouble, the Foreign Office should speak to the News Department with a view to doing all that is possible to avoid publicity which might be embarrassing". And who was working in the News Department at the time? None other than that great defender of British values, that public school pervert and traitor, Guy (or should that be Gay) Burgess.
None of the forces involved in the Second World War came out very well in the eyes of the people of Eastern Europe, not the West and of course not the Soviets. Neither, it has to be said, did many of the Germans, however much some cultists might like to close their eyes to it.
It is this writer's humble opinion that Hitler's insane racial policy with regard to Eastern Europe did more than any other single factor in losing the Axis the war. The attitude of Himmler to the Russian General Vlasov, leader of the Russian Liberation Army, was a case in point. Himmler thought of him, at least in the beginning, as a "swine and butcher's boy". Vlasov was a tall, impressive looking man, who was admired even by enemies as a great military thinker. To be called such things, especially by a short, tubby, failed chicken farmer, takes some beating!
Eventually Himmler came round, KONR (the Committee for the Liberation of the peoples of Russia) was formed and Vlasov made head of an independent liberation movement accountable to it.
Five hundred delegates representing all the minority nations as well as the Russians met in Prague. Amid great celebration a Manifesto was proclaimed for the overthrow of the Bolshevik dictatorship.
They welcomed "aid from Germany, always provided that such aid is consistent with the honour and independence of our homeland. This aid, at the moment, provides the only practical possibility of armed struggle against the Stalinist clique".
The Manifesto was a great success. Crowds gathered around radios in Russia as its aims were reported: "the abolition of forced labour, the abolition of collective farms" and the "inviolability of private property accruing from work".
Even at the end when they were sent to the gulags, the Vlasov soldiers still remained committed to the Prague Manifesto. They saw themselves as the elite (as indeed they were) of political prisoners. They remained proud of their fight for freedom and had nothing but contempt for the espousers of the Marxist slave mentality. They ended up in the gulags because of Himmler's dithering and Hitler's hostility, because of which the Manifesto was far too late to have the desired effect. The Prague meeting hadn't taken place until 14th November 1944.
Even so, for a few months there existed a miniature free Russian state. Fully fledged Russian units and Cossacks went into battle against the Red Army. On top of this, up to 200,000 Ukrainians, acting as independent units, went into battle against Stalinism.
Unlike Himmler many SS soldiers were opposed to the racial policy in Eastern Europe. One was Theodore Oberlander, who commanded a Ukrainian mountaineering battalion. He was horrified by the needless cruelty towards people who had greeted them as liberators. He circulated a well-argued ten point plan entitled Alliance or Exploitation. For this he was dismissed from his command and Himmler tried to have him put in a concentration camp. He was saved from this by the intervention of other officers. Despite all this a large number of East Europeans did fight against Stalin.
In the end, General Vlasov was handed by the Americans to the NKVD. He said this to a close comrade: "I lost so I remain a traitor until such time as in Russia freedom comes before bogus Soviet patriotism. As I told you, I do not believe in help from Americans. We have nothing to offer. We are not a powerful factor; but to have trodden on our Russian hopes for freedom and for human worth, out of ignorance and opportunism, is something that Americans, Englishmen, Frenchmen and, perhaps, even Germans too will one day bitterly regret."
Many British soldiers hated the job of handing prisoners over, there was even talk of mutiny amongst some. Officers as well tried to plead the Cossacks' case, to no avail. The best among the British and Americans often turned a blind eye and some Cossacks escaped.
But on other occasions they were not so lucky. One case, still remembered bitterly by some emigres, concerns U.S. troops beating the Cossacks with rifle butts and dragging them by the hair from the Orthodox church they were praying in, smashing sacred icons as they went. All this in front of their families. They were herded onto trucks and handed over to the NKVD.
These men weren't remembered on so-called Victory Day. But we must remember them just as we remember the slaughtered of Dresden. And we must learn the lessons. We owe them that much.
When our sun rises, it must shine on all of Europe, East and West, on the descendents of the survivors of Dresden, of Coventry, and of those brave Cossacks. Then all of us, from every Nation, however small, from every culture, will stand under our flags together as equals in the battalions of a new Europe!