Stalin Steals the War Trophy

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THE SONS OF ITALY betrayed and hungry
Unfriendly Comrads MURDER ITALIANS
MONTE CASSINO Fearsome Impact
PRE-WAR YEARS Volargne di Dolcé
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The World Leaders BETRAY POLAND
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Was he history's greatest manipulator?
...Or, did he manipulate history?

(CONTINUED) Filmmakers have
NOT snubbed
WWII in Italy. 
Hollywood and Cinecitta’ have neither snubbed
Italians nor Italy
on film, 
but the topic of WWII in Italy had been influenced by a 
powerful sinister force
 in the 1940s and its effect is still with us.

Not a paranormal force!  Not even a supernatural event. Instead, 
it's a powerful force who had manipulated history during
World War Two.
  The manipulator was Joseph Stalin

His motive was to obtain the historical glory of having defeated
Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. He coveted the
glory as savior
of his people — as Russia’s avenging protector.

In the final stages of the war, as the glory that Stalin craved came
within his reach, he tactfully had caused Anglo-American forces to
halt in the west – while his Soviet army took Berlin single-handed
from the east. (More below in "crimes, schemes, & manipulations"
to explain why "WWII in Italy" lacks discovery by the film industry.)

Likewise, Stalin minimized the Italian campaign's victorious Polish
contributions in defeating Nazi-Fascism which brought WWII to end
on 29 April 1945 (while Hitler was still alive) and more than a week
prior to the ceremonies of Germany's surrender, on May 7–8, 1945.
(See "crimes, schemes, and manipulations" below, for more details
about why "WWII in Italy" lacks representation by the film industry.)

From February to May 1945, Joseph Stalin took many precautions
to ensure that there be neither hindrance nor intrusion in obtaining 
historical glory as 'Savior of Mother Russia', which he longed for.

He was a man with lavish strength of mind and intense character
capable to carry out his willpower with a determination of steel.

Translated from Russian:
'Stalin' means 'Steel'.


QUOTING LAURENCE REES from “Politics, World War II 

“There is little evidence that Stalin possessed the slightest genuine
humanity or compassion. Individuals meant nothing to him. A deeply
suspicious and paranoid man, he would do whatever necessary
for his own survival, including murder men, women, children,
and condemn whole nations of innocent people.
Whatever necessary — even be charming.

QUOTING LAURENCE REES from “Politics, World War II

“In fact, by all accounts, Stalin was a brilliant negotiator,
winning concessions for the Soviets that would shape
the postwar world to his liking,
while schooling the Allies
in the art of using force and charm to get one’s way."

"His lack of personal vanity meant that he could let Churchill
and Franklin Roosevelt drone on while
he silently plotted
his next move.
Whenever Stalin spoke, as one member of the
British delegation noted, it was “very much to the point.”

"Indeed, so outstanding was Stalin’s performance in meetings
that Anthony Eden, the British foreign secretary, subsequently
wrote that, If I had to pick a team for going into a
conference room, Stalin would be my first choice.”


The writer Milovan Djilas, who met Stalin at the end of the war,
said this about Stalin’s photographic memory: 

“This made him a very effective spy prior to the Revolution, as
it was not necessary for him to keep written notes." 

"At a party in Moscow during a bright spot in the war against
Germany, he startled a British consular officer with his ability
to recite many verses of Goethe's Faust in German from
after this same official had read a line of that work
from a small book he was carrying in his pocket (Svandize)."

M. Djilas said:"This memory gave Stalin a tremendous
administrative throughput
enabling him to create and
and manipulate an enormously powerful bureaucratic
which his less able successors were unable
to control, hence one reason for the eventual but
belated demise of the USSR in 1991.” (by M. Djilas) 



The above comments by historian writers clearly communicate
the fortitude of Stalin's controlling personality in a positive sense.
Only the top comment by BBC writer Laurence Rees mentions
Stalin's negative traits: murder, condemnation, paranoia, lack 
of compassion, inhumanity.
In the same comment, however, he
also mentions Stalin's ability to be charming ... or whatever works.

The other comments written from a positive viewpoint serve well to
confirm the various documented accounts from WWII stating that 
in his controlled calculated dealings with the Grand Alliance
and with Anglo-American leaders
Stalin often utilized
charm and positive influence ... with brilliant negotiations.

But, it lasted only until spring of 1945 when problems sprung from
Stalin's disagreements about Wehrmacht units on the western front 
surrendering to Anglo-Americans ... and other German units going
to surrender in the west to avoid being captured by the Red Army.

That's when Joseph Stalin finally disclosed his true image to his
Anglo-American Allies.  It was the time which followed with even
more disagreement over the infamous Betrayal of Poland.

Winter and Spring of 1945 was the period during which the original
"Uncle Joe" of the Grand Alliance known for his brilliant negotiations
with positive influence and occasional charm ... 
... ceased to exist, and never returned.

In July, at the Potsdam conference, Joseph Stalin was regarded with
suspicion by U.S. President Harry Truman
who saw him in the image
of the Communist Dictator of the Soviet Union that would be known
by the rest of the world in the Cold War years to follow. 

In time, Joseph Stalin's image would be disclosed as a 'Cruel Tyrant'.



Joseph Stalin was determined to obtain 'sacred glory' at all
to make his name immortal among Russian people.
His mission for 'sacred glory' is accurately manifest in the
voluminous history about ‘Stalin Worship.'

'Stalin Worship' is factual truth.  It was everyday truth in the
20th century, as it continues to be in our 21st century.

‘Stalin Worship’ had been seeded in the 1930s, it fully matured
in the 1940s and it continues strong even today. Joseph Stalin’s
name reached conceptual immortality as groups and nations
have attached titles of veneration to his name.  Titles such as:
"Father of Nations“ – “Guiding Star” – “Wise Inspirer” etc.


    Worshipers gave him titles even after his death.   
   —   Sacred titles that are used even today   —


Scholars outside the realm of 'Stalin Worship' have observed that
Stalin the “All-Powerful - All Knowing - Omnipresent World Leader
personality characteristics intensely skilled in influencing
 In this way, he had influenced groups and nations thru
– and his name continues promoting his personality
even after his death — as the dominant saint of atheism.


But, what does this have to do with WWII in Italy
 lacking representation from the film industry?

The answer is with Joseph Stalin's record of 
  diplomatic manipulations during WWII.

: He marginalized the history of Polish warriors as
Italy's gallant liberators and he exploited their achievements
in the Italian campaign. Why? Stalin's hate for Poland dates
back to his defeat in the 1920 Polish-Soviet War.  Moreover,
the heroic actions of the Polish 2nd Corps in liberating Italy,
coupled with
 their famous victories defeating Nazi-Fascism,
conflicted with Stalin's underhanded plans to make Poland
become his 'captive nation' in post-war Europe.

Above all, the distinguished triumphs and festive victories of
noble Polish warriors were in direct conflict with Stalin's
quest for independent historical glory as 
  —  the Savior of Russia  —

(Continued below)



Thus – in 1945 Joseph Stalin diverted the world's attention to
the war's conclusion in north Europe focusing on the Soviet
Battle for Berlin. This way, he stifled Poland's contributions
in the Italian campaign,
 suppressing the battlefield actions
of noble Polish fighters in defeating Italy's Nazi-Fascism
and liberating Italy, during which the Polish 2nd Corps
gave the Third Reich its lethal blow
 – directly in the
 "soft underbelly" of Hitler's "Fortress Europa."


Joseph Stalin was the 'other' villain who in 1939 had
deviously conspired for a criminal assault on Poland with
Adolf Hitler's mighty War Machine, combined with his own
Soviet Red Army.  Together with Hitler, he manipulated 
popular opinion by disguising their conspiracy as a
"non-aggression pact"
 — but really instead, it was an
underhanded plan of aggression to plunder and annihilate
Poland using their two aggressive and violent armies.
It was the invasion that triggered WWII.

Soon after Hitler's double-cross "Operation Barbarossa" in
late June 1941, Joseph Stalin needed a new image and new
friends. But, as Hitler's partner in crime, he was an enemy
to most of the world.  In spite of it, however, he cleverly
manipulated world opinion again in 1941, positioning
himself as one of the Grand Alliance ‘Big3’ and promoting
his transformation to
 his new image on magazine
covers everywhere ... as the friendly “Uncle Joe.” 

From 1941 to 1943, "Uncle Joe" Stalin’s main goal was
to achieve a combat-active second front in the west.
Its purpose would be to crush Nazi-Germany between his
Soviet Red Army in the east and Allied forces in the west.
The charming “Uncle Joe" obtained his second front
from Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt using
brilliant negotiation skill - and persuasion - winning 
their consensus and their compromises.

Russia's new Allies defeated Axis enemies in north Africa. 
Then in Sept 1943 the invasion of Italy starts warfare with
the Wehrmacht in western Europe – winning all battles on
landing-sites and other enemy encounters also – this way,
 combat-active second front that Stalin had pled
for is finally achieved 
in early 1944 as Allied Forces
push Wehrmacht units
into their primary line of defense
from where their final retreat will begin in May 1944. 

The Wehrmacht's "Gustav line" was their dominant line of
defense in southern Italy where German units regrouped
after combat with Allied landings and other engagements
with Allied Forces. It became fully consolidated for German
defense as Wehrmacht units retrograded between January
and May 1944. During that period Allied assaults defeated 
the German stronghold on Monte Cassino and broke thru
the Gustav line, moving Stalin's combat-active second
... on the tail of retreating Germans. 

From May 1944 to April 1945 the British 8th Army gained
a string of celebrated victories won by their distinguished
Polish Second Corps
. It was a 12-month period of laudable
combat actions that advanced Allied Forces to Mussolini's
RSI in northern Italy where defeated Germans were trying
to escape thru Alpine mountain passes, while others units 
were grouping to surrender. 

These were the chronicles of victory about how Stalin's
combat-active second front in north Italy became
a powerful 
western battlefield in April 1945 and it
would cause the fall of Hitler's Nazi Third Reich
only a few weeks later.

The power of the victorious western battlefield came from
intrepid and fearless Polish warriors who, together with 
their vast number of sacrificed brothers, defeated a
superior German stronghold and liberated Italy
as they pursued German forces in retreat.





The defeat of Nazi Germany had been unveiled at the
legendary battle on Monte Cassino. A distinguished
victory by the British 8th Army's Polish 2nd Corps.
Joseph Stalin should've been elated about it.
But he was not. It troubled him. But why?

 What's eating "Uncle Joe Stalin" ??


His false image as the benevolent “Uncle Joe” of 1942-43
began gradually ceasing to exist in 1944 soon after Polish
Forces made their debut in the Italian Campaign.

The notable victory in the Battle of Monte Cassino in
May 1944 raised Stalin's concern to suppress the
increasing prominence of the Polish 2nd Corps.

Their distinguished battlefield bravery would triumph 
into a string of victories for the Italian campaign that
eventually caused the defeat of Nazi-Fascism and 
initiate the total fall of Hitler's Third Reich.


 The true status of 'Uncle Joe' as Foe to Allied Forces
and to western nations, starts to become apparent
in the late months of 1944 - and then it becomes
 positively confirmed in early 1945 ...
... and it's all negative from there.


Although Joseph Stalin's original goal for a combat-active
second front
 is being met — and even though it's being
met with
distinguished military nobility of fearless Polish
soldiers of the British 8th Army,
 it's been aggravating 
"Uncle Joe Stalin" from the day the Polish flag had
been raised over the ruins on Monte Cassino. 




Clearly, he's NOT annoyed by the constant British victories.
What aggravates him is that
victories are being attributed
to Polish troops
... as if Poland was winning the war! 

And why not? After all, it had been Poland's war the
day it started on 1 Sept 1939.  It became Poland's
fight the first day of Germany's criminal invasion.

But, Adolf Hitler is not the only guilty foe of the war.
Stalin had been the 'other villain' who conspired with
Hitler to annihilate Poland – Now, the 'Big3's villain.

Would the world remember that a few weeks after
Germany invaded Poland from the west on Sept 1st,
the Soviet Army rolled in from the east on the 17th? 

Now in 1944, more than five years later, the press
reports that Poland is retaliating with honor ...
... to Adolf Hitler's 'Nazi War Machine.

Moreover, inspiration resulting from celebrated victories of
the valiant Polish 2nd Corps had embraced new Allied units 
across the Alps, and also ... the 'Polish Forces of the West.'
At the same time, intrepid combat of brave Polish warriors
disheartened and weakened the guilty hearts of
tired German troops
 – now in retreat all over Europe!

And while the general mood of his western Allies was one
of high spirits,
Stalin instead was aggravated by the
fame and notoriety credited to heroic Polish troops.
Stalin reasoned that many had formerly been his slaves
in Siberian prisoner camps and in his work gulags and 
he was certain that they would be his rival enemies. 

Would taking part in defeating Hitler's Nazi Germany give
Stalin's Soviet Union some redemption? 
Surely not from 
men of good sense. But, like Hitler, Stalin relates neither
to redemption nor good sense.  Instead, in 1944 Stalin's
cares were that reports of Polish heroism in his war for
Russia would be in conflict with his
post-war vision
of having
Poland in captivity. Above all, Polish heroism 
would be a failing of the 'sacred glory' that he treasured.




In northern Italy there's 'victory' in the air! 


By January 1945 the Anglo-American western front has
become an arduous crushing barrier to German movement
and resupply. The front in north Italy has succesfully met
the original goal as planned in 1941 with Joseph Stalin.
Now, the Third Reich is limping backwards into defensive
positions on all fronts ... and Stalin has a new goal.

Having achieved a devastating western front, now Stalin is
focusing on making the forthcoming victory over Germany
to be a 'Glorious Victory' for Russia and an awful disgrace
for Germany. To this end, he 
manipulates the prospective
finale of WWII to the advantage of the Soviet Union.

Early in February the fall of Hitler's Third Reich is gradually
showing to be an obvious reality to Allies and foes alike.
Now, Joseph
Stalin decides that a 'Total Victory' should
belong exclusively to the Soviet Union.

By mid-March Berlin seems to be within Stalin's reach and,
likewise, his vision of a totally exclusive Soviet victory also
seems reachable. 
symbolic-political victory in the capital
city of Nazi-Germany is necessary to Stalin
for obtaining
the historical glory of having won the war. 

Stalin’s manipulations of the Grand Alliance become firm 
and decisive in April
 as he resolves to obtain a solo victory
for Soviets in Berlin, single-handed! Persuasive diplomacy
with General Eisenhower succeeds to allow the Red Army
the 'solo honor' of taking Berlin — unassisted.

ITALY – spring 1945: There's 'surrender' in the air.
But Joseph Stalin raises angry protests against
Polish 2nd Corps & Anglo-American Allies
taking a separate German surrender.

To avoid being captured by the Soviet Union's Red Army,
German commanders in the west are having 'secret talks'
(hoping to negotiate) about surrendering their units
to Western Allies in Italy.  The talks go on secretly.

In April harassments by US Air Corps isolate Wehrmacht
units by cutting-off their movement and resupply routes.
German commanders' secret talks slowly progress from
'negotiated surrender' to accept unconditional surrender.
The talks are still kept secret from the Soviets. 

Joseph Stalin suspects the possibility of German surrender
to Anglo-Americans and he becomes vigilant to prevent
any surrender being made separately with western Allies.


Stalin's greatest apprehension is the possibility
of German unit commanders surrendering to
the Polish 2nd Corps in the battlefield.


Gossip circulates the Red Army about Wehrmacht units
avoiding Soviet capture by heading west to surrender. 
This provokes Joseph Stalin to mistrust Anglo-American
commanders, thus raising his suspicions that a possible
surrender might soon be happening in the west ... 
... separately from the Soviet Union.


Stalin is not friendly anymore!


The thought of Poland being credited with a German
surrender exasperates Stalin
, thus provoking him to 
curb Polish prominence by any means.

In April, as the reality of an expected German surrender
in the west increases, Joseph Stalin tactfully persuades
the Anglo-American command
that Polish units should
neither acquire a surrender nor be present at one. 


APRIL and MAY 1945:
Stalin manipulates history
for his personal desires.


His influence alters the expected outcome of WWII
causing Allied units to halt at the Elbe River so that
the Soviets might take Berlin single-handed!

He manipulates the Anglo-American command in
Italy to hold Polish forces south of the Po River
after they defeat the Wehrmacht in Bologna.

General Wladislaw Anders is prevented from
leading his noble Polish warriors in pursuit
of Wehrmacht units defeated in Bologna.

Stalin prevents Polish 2nd Corps from entering
the Lombardy plain in triumphant pursuit of
beaten Germans after Battle of Bologna.

Victorious Polish fighters being held back from
further pursuing defeated Wehrmacht units
to prevent any possibility of Germans
surrendering to Polish heroes.



 Soon to be posted how Joseph Stalin's influence on 
 the Italian Campaign has endured to this day. 


The Italian Campaign's perspective of WWII
is very interesting and it comes with lots of
fascinating social-cultural wartime events,
both military and civilian human interest.

It's a goldmine of unexploited history
and many other resources for film.

The War of Lions / Reprisal of Lions
fills a large void in this genre.

(More to be continued)

POLAND: The Unconquered.