The Stalingrad battle, which was the turning point of WW2, ended when more than 300,000 German troops, weakened by the Russian winter, surrendered unconditionally. They were marched off to Siberia. Most died during the march. Only 30,000 returned in the early '50's after being used as pawns in prisoner-of-war exchange bargains. Or -- that is what THEY would have us believe. The truth is that Stalingrad is located in the south of Russia and is not known for its cold winters. It is more than 2,000 km south of Moscow, only 200 km north of the Black Sea and further south than Paris. While there are plenty of documentary pictures showing the devastatingly cold conditions in Stalingrad, these could just as easily have been taken around Leningrad - a northern city that was also held under a lengthy siege. Any amateur could have forged the Stalingrad signs in those pictures. The turning point of the battle allegedly occurred when the Russians transferred over a million well equipped Asian troops there from the Japanese front. In fact, the Asian troops were illiterate and under-equipped. The Russians were already battling the Japanese on Sakhalin island and were deathly afraid of an imminent invasion through Mongolia. And even if they could afford to transfer troops away from their eastern front, they did not have the means to transport them on short notice. It would have taken months and the Germans would have had plenty of warning. As far as the march of the prisoners goes, the numbers don't add up. If 150,000 bodies had to be buried on the way by the badly weakened survivors, none of them would have made it to Siberia. It would have taken too long. And anyway, where are the bodies? The only road leading east from Stalingrad is not lined with mass graves. There are no reliable eyewitness accounts. The Russians conveniently claim that they evacuated the city before the battle. In fact, this is something they never did. They didn't evacuate Leningrad or Moscow! What few eyewitness accounts did exist were, naturally, from citizens of the USSR and were vetted by the KGB. As such they are suspect. The German soldiers who did survive could only describe what happened in their immediate surroundings and could not testify to the overall magnitude of the operation. The official Allied documents were, of course, censored and altered by the vested interests to suit THEIR purposes. And what would these purposes be? Naturally, to undermine the German effort in WW2 by falsely claiming that there was a major defeat. We could just as easily presume that all that happened was a minor skirmish with minimal losses. There are plenty of pictures out there showing smiling German troops helping out their defeated Russian friends after the battle. If you don't believe that, just watch some of the German newreels of the day. And what is the point of all this? To demonstrate that there is not a single event in history that can not be questioned or subjected to critical review. -- John S. Paloc, C.A.
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