The Fate of Soviet Prisoners of War #WW2 #History

The Fate of Soviet Prisoners of War #WW2 #History


The main sources I’ve used are on the screen.
But for a full list of all my World War Two sources, please see the link in the description. National Socialism went East in 1941. They
expected the war with the Soviet Union to be over in a matter of weeks, and expected
many more Red Army prisoners of war than they actually took. Yet they deliberately did not
prepare to take care of these vast numbers, at least, not in the way you’d expect from
a civilised society. Upon capture, German soldiers would separate
and shoot Red Army commissars – their political enemies – in order to rid the world of the
adherents to Bolshevism. 80% of Wehrmacht units reported having executed commissars
during Operation Barbarossa. “Maltreatment and the indiscriminate shooting
of Russian PoWs was not solely the result of specific orders from above, neither was
it necessarily conducted in a disciplined manner. Division and other records indicate
that ‘wild’ and often indiscriminate shootings of Soviet PoWs began during the first days
of the campaign.” The encirclement battles had resulted in the
capture of thousands of Soviet prisoners, many of whom were already malnourished, or
the survivors of previous famines in the Soviet Union. Even though they had been encircled,
German soldiers were encouraged by their higher-ups to execute Soviet soldiers found individually
or in small groups behind the lines, as if they were partisans. And prisoners who were
wounded or sick were also often shot on the spot. “Many Germans had closed their hearts to
such sights… If I had known the rest of it… I think I would have run away.” Long columns of half-starved Soviet prisoners
snaked across the countryside on their way to the prisoner of war camps, which were sometimes
hundreds of kilometers away, and took days or weeks to get to. The Germans, having been
bombarded by newsreels referring to the Soviet prisoners as Mongols, Asiatics and sub-human
Bolsheviks, beat their captives. The wounded often perished first, followed by those who
fell sick or were too tired to walk due to their malnourishment. “So many were shot around the vicinity of
Vyazma, later in the campaign, that the commander of the rear area was uneasy about its impact
on enemy propaganda.” Columns devoured everything by the side of
the road – including the leaves off the trees. Göring even boasted: “Hunger among Russian prisoners had reached
such an extreme that… it was no longer necessary to send them under armed guard [to the rear].
It is enough to put at the head of a column of prisoners a camp kitchen…; thousands
and thousands of prisoners trail along like a herd of famished animals.” Rail transport was available, but the open
freight cars were no luxury. There was no protection from the Russian weather, which
froze 20% of them to death on average – but some journeys reportedly had a death rate
of 70%. “When the trains reached their destinations,
hundreds or sometimes even thousands of frozen corpses would tumble from the open doors.” But there was a fear from some units that
the rail-cars would be ‘contaminated’ by the supposedly ‘sub-human’ captives,
and so 16th Army instructed its formations not to transport prisoners using the trains. Those unlucky enough to survive the journey
found themselves at one of over eighty Soviet prisoner of war camps. There were three types
of these camps: Dulags (transit camps), Stalags (base camps for enlisted men and NCOs) and
the smaller Oflags (for officers). “In practice, all three types of camps were
often nothing more than an open field surrounded by barbed wire.” Prisoners were not registered by name, a policy
which only happened twice – in the Soviet prisoner of war camps, and later in the death
camps of the Holocaust. Often there was no shelter, except maybe some mud huts that the
prisoners carved for themselves, with the result that many froze to death in the harsh
winter. “Once winter approached, the poorly equipped
German soldiers often deprived their prisoners of coats and boots.” Toilets were either non-existent or few and
far between. At one camp near Uman thousands of Soviet wounded lay on the open ground with
no shelter and little medical care. “Nearly every day we had men die of exhaustion.
The others would take their dead back to camp, to bury them there. They would take turns
carrying corpses and never seemed in the least moved by them. The camp graveyard was very
large; the number of men under the ground must have been greater than that of those
still among the living.” In mid-July 1941 the OKW and RSHA had agreed
that certain prisoners would be removed and then murdered by special SS units. From October
1941, Einsatzgruppen were allowed into the prisoner of war camps, where they shot Jews,
commissars, officers, and other political opponents. Often they couldn’t identify
who was who, so many non-Jews, non-officers and non-commissars were shot instead or in
addition. Roughly 100,000 Jewish prisoners were separated and given this ‘special treatment’. “German camp guards were informed in September
that they would be punished if they used their weapons too little.” And the food… well, there basically wasn’t
any. Some reportedly received 100 grams of bread per day, and the Ministry of Food allocated
1,561 calories a day for prisoners, but the official calorie quotas were not met, and
when they were, they were starvation rations anyway. The German high command urged its
soldiers not to feel sorry for the starving prisoners, and to remember that every ounce
of food that is given to the prisoners, is food that isn’t available, and thus taken
from, the German people at home or German soldiers. For National Socialists, food was
seen as a zero-sum economic game. Prisoners ate grass, leaves, bark, pine needles,
nettles, occasionally a stray dog, sometimes horsemeat if the guards were feeling generous.
Prisoners were that desperate for food that they dug into the ground to find roots and
worms. “Prisoners fought to lick utensils, while
their German guards laughed at their behaviour. When the cannibalism began, the Germans presented
it as the result of the low level of Soviet civilization.” “In Minsk, where over 140,000 prisoners
were kept in an extremely small area, men killed each other for a piece of bread or
a drop of water.” In late October 1941, just as the weather
was turning, army quartermaster general Wagner ordered a reduction of rations for prisoners
unable to work. Death rates in the camps increased to 1% to 2.5 per cent per day. At Korück
582 in November 1941, when a rear security unit took over from the 9th Army, watch dogs
received 50 times the ration of a single Soviet prisoner. Prisoners were also crammed into
the camp’s single-storey accommodation blocks, and there were only two latrines for 11,000
prisoners. It’s no wonder that cases of both typhus and cannibalism broke out that
autumn. “At Dulag 185, Dulag 127, and Stalag 341,
in the east Belarusian city Mahileu, witnesses saw mountains of unburied corpses
outside the barbed wire. Some thirty to forty thousand prisoners died in these camps.” “At Dulag 342 at Molodechno, conditions
were so awful that prisoners submitted written petitions asking to be shot.” “At Stalag 306 at Kirovohrad, German guards
reported that prisoners ate the bodies of comrades who had been shot, sometimes before
the victims were dead.” Near Minsk was Stalag 352. This had been designed
to accommodate 30,000 people. Instead, it had 100,000 prisoners of war, and another
40,000 civilians as well. All the prisoners were packed like sardines between the barbed
wire, and had to urinate and defecate where they stood. Brute force had to be used by
the guards to keep discipline. “Some 109,500 people died there.” It wasn’t just German reports that recorded
these atrocities either. In occupied Poland, the Polish resistance recorded the death rates
of Soviet prisoners of war in 1941-42. They reported that 45,690 people died in the camps
in the General Government in just ten days, between the 21st and 30th of October 1941.
And local peasants in both Poland and the Soviet Union were prepared to help feed the
starving Soviet prisoners. Sometimes the Germans allowed it, other times they denied it. “In retaliation, the Germans shot the Polish
women carrying the milk jugs, and destroyed whole Polish villages.” “About half a million Soviet prisoners of
war starved to death in the General Government.” Many skilled workers had been sent to the
Eastern Front in 1941, seriously depriving the German armaments factories of labour.
They tried to compensate by employing women and old men, but this wasn’t enough. They
had to use Soviet prisoners of war, but it wasn’t until the 13st of October 1941 that
Hitler changed the policy to allow this to happen. For many, it was too late. The Germans
discovered however that most of their prisoners were either now dead or unable to work due
to malnutrition or disease, with only 200,000 able to work immediately. “The situation did not begin to improve
until the spring of 1942, when Hitler ordered that Russian prisoners be given enough to
eat.” Over the course of the war, the death rate
for Soviet prisoners of war in German camps was somewhere near 58%. But it was probably
much higher in the first months of the war. The death rate for German prisoners of war
in Soviet hands was 13.5%, which includes the 6th Army at Stalingrad, who were starved
in their pocket and died shortly after capture as a result of that malnourishment. For comparison,
the death rate for British and American POWs in Germany was less than 5%, which just shows
that this wasn’t accidental, as some claim, but a deliberate policy. Somewhere in the region of 3.3 million Soviet
prisoners fell into German hands in the first six months of the conflict. Only about a million
of which were still alive by the end of 1941. And half of those who did survive weren’t
fit enough to be carted off to the Reich as slave labourers. Overall throughout the war,
5.7 million Soviet soldiers were taken prisoner by the German Army in World War Two. Of these,
nearly 3 million Soviet prisoners were forced to work for the Germans in their homeland,
where 400,000 would die. “Even then, the racist attitude of the German
soldiers caused additional suffering en route to Germany. Several commanders attempted to
march their prisoners on foot across the newly conquered territories to avoid “infecting”
German railroad cars with such “subhumans.” Small wonder, then, that German industry received
little help from slave labor until 1942 and that forced-labor productivity never approached
that of the German workers.” Somewhere near 3.1 to 3.3 million Soviet prisoners
of war died in German hands in World War Two. “Regardless of which organization had custody
at the time of death, those prisoners were the moral responsibility of the German Army
that captured them.” And yet, some people believe that the Wehrmacht
wasn’t responsible for any of the crimes committed in World War Two, especially not
the murder of commissars, prisoners of war, or the Jews. I mean, German generals like
Guderian, von Manstein, and the beloved Franz Halder said they were innocent, and we must
believe those honourable gentlemen. Plus, if you read military history books written
by German veterans like Kurowski and Haupt – which have great reviews on many internet
book sites by the way – you’ll hear all about Soviet atrocities, and nothing about
German ones. So of course, why would we accuse the amazingly amazing Wehrmacht of committing
such crimes? “Not until the 1970s did historians begin
to analyse the significant connection between the outbreak and course of war and the mass
murder of ‘undesirable elements’ and ‘inferior races’. This may also explain why many a
veteran still doggedly perpetuates the myth that the Wehrmacht was not involved in the
annihilation policy in the East.” It is true that some German leaders stressed
the advantages of a more humane treatment of prisoners, but these were the exception
to the rule, and usually did so for reasons that benefited the Germans, not because they
wanted to help the prisoners. Some, like General Lemelsen, commander of 47th Panzer Corps,
complained that his men were shooting prisoners of war, deserters and civilians. “This is murder! The German Wehrmacht is
waging this war against Bolshevism, but not against the united Russian peoples. We want
to bring back peace, calm and order to this land which has suffered terribly for many
years from the oppression of a Jewish and criminal group… A Russian soldier who had
been taken prisoner while wearing a uniform and after he put up a brave fight, has the
right to decent treatment… This instruction does not change anything regarding the Führer’s
order on the ruthless action to be taken against partisans and Bolshevik commissars.” So even here, in a best-case scenario where
a German general was calling for the humane treatment of Soviet soldiers, it was still
alright to kill commissars – who were soldiers in uniform – and partisans. “Although the commissars within the Red
Army wore uniform, they were regarded not as combatants, but as political functionaries.
The Army High Command’s fear that such hardliners might continue disseminating propaganda in
the Reich if taken prisoner of war was a major factor dictating the shooting of political
commissars of all kinds – a policy illegal by all international rules.” And as we have mentioned earlier, 80% of all
Wehrmacht units on the Eastern Front reported having executed commissars during Operation
Barbarossa. For example, by the end of October 1941, Guderian’s 2nd Panzer Group had shot
183 commissars. Not very innocent, was he. Nor was Generaloberst Franz Halder, the Chief
of the General Staff. “…since October 1940 Müller [General
Officer for Special Duties attached to Halder] had been subject to Halder’s directives
‘regarding military jurisdiction within the Army and against the population of occupied
territories’. Since Halder was willing to let the troops participate in the intended
ideological war, the Army High Command formulated its own draft that confined military jurisdiction
during Operation Barbarossa to the maintenance of discipline and expected the troops to deal
themselves with civilians impeding or inciting others to impede the Wehrmacht. In cases where
such ‘criminal elements’ could not be shot ‘while fighting or escaping’, an
officer was to decide whether they were to be shot. The Army High Command also took the
initiative against the commissars in the Red Army. As ‘bearers of the Jewish-Bolshevik
world view’ they were to be executed after being taken prisoner on the orders of an officer
who had to identify the commissar in consultation with two other officers or NCOs.” The High Command formulated the first draft
of the Commissar Order. And the Wehrmacht and Army High Commands were also responsible
for Soviet prisoners of war. The Army was to separate civilians and prisoners of war
according to nationality and politics, and at the beginning of the conflict, the Wehrmacht
was responsible for eliminating selections of prisoners in the POW camps, not the Einsatzkommandos
or the SS. Only later on the 7th of October 1941 did this policy change, and the Army
High Command allowed Einsatzkommandos direct access into the camps – before this the Wehrmacht
was responsible for the camps. The Wehrmacht also drafted Soviet prisoners of war into
their army, who may have constituted 40% of some support units by the end of 1941. “The military leaders did not merely comply
with Hitler’s dogmatic views, they were not mere victims of their own professional
tradition. They, too, believed that the dangers of Russia and Bolshevism should be eliminated
for ever.” Hitler was the supreme commander of the Wehrmacht.
If he’s guilty, so is the Wehrmacht, who carried out his orders and created their own.
Not only that, but he provided the moral and ideological basis for what the army did. Before
the conflict even began, Hitler was telling the generals that the upcoming war was a “war
of extermination”, so it’s not like they didn’t know. In fact, they embraced it.
Field-Marshal von Brauchitsch, Commander-in-Chief of the Army, told his commanders to view the
German-Soviet war as – “…a struggle between two different races,
requiring their troops to act with all necessary harshness’.” General von Küchler, commander of 18th Army
agreed with Hitler, saying that National Socialist Germany and the Marxist Socialist Soviet Union
were ideologically and racially distinct, and agreed with the commissar order. “The war against Russia is an important
chapter in the struggle for existence of the German nation. It is the old battle of the
Germanic against the Slav peoples, of the defence of European culture against Moscovite-Asiatic
inundation, and the repulse of Jewish Bolshevism. The objective of this battle must be the destruction
of present-day Russia and it must therefore be conducted with unprecedented severity.
Every military action must be guided in planning and execution by an iron will to exterminate
the enemy mercilessly and totally. In particular, no adherents of the present Russian-Bolshevik
system are to be spared.” The ‘Criminal Orders’ were: the Barbarossa
Directive of the 13th of May and the Commissar Order of the 6th of June 1941. There was also
the “Guidelines for the Conduct of the Troops in Russia” which was published on the 19th
of May 1941 by the Wehrmacht. All these orders spelled out that this was an ideological conflict
against Judeo-Bolshevism, that commissars, partisans and Jews were to be eliminated,
and this was before the Wehrmacht agreed with the SS that the Einsatzkommandos should liquidate
those elements from the prisoner of war camps. Now what’s interesting is that some claim
that it was ok to inflict such suffering on the Soviet prisoners of war because – they
state – that the Soviet Union didn’t sign or agree to the Geneva Convention. Well, even
if that was some sort of moral argument for the inhumane treatment of human beings who
themselves had no option in signing the treaty, the fact is that on the 17th of July 1941,
the Soviets declared that, if the Germans did the same, they would abide by the Geneva
Convention. The German response – by Hitler himself – was simply to reject Soviet intentions.
So, in response to the German response, the Soviets didn’t adhere to it. And even better, the OKW – the armed forces
high command of the German military – did say on the 16th of June 1941 that, although
the Soviet Union hadn’t recognized the Geneva Convention, the Germans would stick to it…
with some exceptions. Well, that was a blatant lie. And the point is this – even if the Soviet
Union hadn’t signed the Geneva Convention, Germany had, and even if they hadn’t, that’s
no excuse for treating individual human beings like this. Why should individual human beings
suffer just because governments always fail to do their jobs correctly? No, the reality is that the National Socialists
wanted to inflict this suffering on their ideological enemies in this war of annihilation.
There was a food crisis going on for the Germans. The Wehrmacht had to be fed without reducing
rations for German civilians. “Since these catastrophic conditions also
existed in camps in the Reich, the mass deaths of Soviet prisoners of war was not due to
ignorance or incompetence. To the Nazi leadership, it was axiomatic that Germans and Russians
could not both be fed; the former would, thus, be supplied at the expense of the latter,
regardless of the consequences.” On the 16th of September 1941, with logistics
all over the place, Göring decided to improvise. He ordered the German soldiers in the East
to simply live off the land. “Food from the Soviet Union was to be allocated
first to German soldiers, then to Germans in Germany, then to Soviet citizens, and then
to Soviet prisoners of war.” “German commanders would have to continue
the war, which meant feeding soldiers, which meant starving others. This was the political
logic, and the moral trap. For the soldiers and the lower-level officers, there was no
escape but insubordination or surrender to the enemy, prospects as unthinkable for German
troops in 1941 as they had been for Ukrainian communists in 1932.” Yes, Hitler was clearly responsible for the
ideological aspect of the war of annihilation, plus implementations of things like the Commissar
Order. However, he wasn’t alone in this – the Wehrmacht high command agreed, supported,
and helped draft these orders, and took change of the Soviet prisoners from the beginning.
It cannot claim that it didn’t know how many prisoners there would be, because they
expected the war to be over in a few weeks, thus they expected a large influx. They can’t
claim that it was an accident because they wrote their plans before the start of the
invasion. And Hitler alone did not commit all of the crimes. Responsibility lies with
the Wehrmacht, its generals and many of its soldiers, as much as it does with Hitler. And I will leave you with a final thought.
The concentration camps of the Third Reich also took in Soviet prisoners of war, and
these camps began to change their character as a result. “Dachau, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, Mauthausen,
and Auschwitz became, as the SS used them to execute Soviet prisoners of war, killing
facilities. Some eight thousand Soviet prisoners were executed at Auschwitz, ten thousand at
Mauthausen, eighteen thousand at Sachsenhausen.” At Auschwitz on the 3rd of September 1941,
a pesticide known as Zyklon B was tested on Soviet prisoners. This has lead some to conclude
that the treatment of Soviet prisoners of war in the autumn of 1941 was an important
watershed for the Third Reich in the process of mass murder and the Holocaust. Thanks for
watching, bye for now.

100 Comments on "The Fate of Soviet Prisoners of War #WW2 #History"


  1. That some of the Nuremberg defendants sentenced to hang didn't have their necks broken, and instead strangled, shitting and pissing themselves in their last minutes in agony, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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  2. The Germans really fucked up right from the start. The Russians saw them as liberators, anything being better than Stalin. It took about a day of murder for that sentiment to change, and it would be paid back handsomely as the Russians moved west across German territories.

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  3. Read The Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn for an eye opener on what life under Stalin was like. The Russian soldier was doomed from the start and anyone of them who was a POW during the war was labeled an enemy of the people by Stalin. They who actually made it back to Russia after the war were quickly arrested and thrown into one of the countless Siberian Gulags to rot and die like so many of their family and friends who did and were under Stalin. If I was a captured Russian soldier I would have joined the German Army in a heartbeat. Better than being shot in the back by the NKVD or tortured by the SMERSH, yes soldiers were actually arrested and tortured in the field.

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  4. We must all hold back our judgment on these people that were fighting this war Wayback then this was all out war this was as savage as war could ever have been at the time Let’s let God do the judging ,we all know that things were wrong but it’s Gods and Gods alone job to judge the souls of men , I knew two men that were on submarines American subs and as they drove by the Japanese that were in the water they would shoot them dead for target practice it was that kind of war the men were taught to hate their enemy . All I can say is that if the Allies had lost this war if America had not ruled supreme after the war this world would be hell. When I see these liberals crying about this and that these whiny Democrats they have no clue what they are asking for their asking for such as communism they’re asking for socialism they’re asking for Nazi Germany they’re asking for China they’re asking for the Soviet union they’re asking for slavery of humanity they are sick in the mind someday they are going to have war , they will have a war sadly they will have a war that will never be forgotten .

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  5. The Russians suffered more than any people during this war yes I understand this may upset many of my Jewish friends but it’s absolutely true Russia had the most casualties of this war if it wasn’t for Russia we the allies never would’ve won , one in 300 Russians survive the war for the allies it was one in 300 who died . big difference between the two this was all out war

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  6. The same kind of racial and cultural hatred you saw in World War II is now rearing its ugly head in South Africa and sadly also in America in the Democrat party. they are hating people for who they are or how they think or what color they were born things people can’t change nor choose, hate is evil!!!!!

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  7. So how many germans were treated this same way? O that's right we should trust Russian Figures and not the german ones. Why do I get the feeling your a Communist.

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  8. You fail to take into account the genocide of the Ukrainian Christian farmers undertaken by the Judeo-Bolsheviks a decade earlier, the largest genocide in world history. The Germans were well aware of the terror tactics of the USSR. Not that this justifies the barbaric behavior of the Nazis, but the terror imposed by Judeo-Bolshevism was decades ahead of Nazi rule in Germany, and it continued long after the war, with a death toll that dwarfed Hitler's.

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  9. Prisoners of war had two choices.. death by Germany on the spot. Or death in Siberia by commies for surviving!

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  10. The real name of Joseph Stalin is Djugashvili, that
    translates from Georgian as "son of a Jew". In the Georgian language 'shvili' means son of and 'Djuga' means jew. Stalin also has three women in his life. Ekaterina Svanidze, Kadya Allevijah and Rosa Kaganovich, all Jews. Interestingly enough, Stalin applies a law during his premiership resulting in someone found guilty of anti-Semitism sentenced to death.

    And Boris Yeltsin was married to Stalin's daughter……..

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  11. Liberals are really fascists disguised as socialists. It is the natural progression for power seekers. Cities are dying all across America with no hope of recovery because of the demographics that were allowed to flourish by ambitious politicians willing to ignore the facts for popular gains. Those that encouraged this mayhem think they are immune to it. They will be consumed by it. Americans scrapping by in ghettos are now entrenched in blight that has eroded the equity in their properties losing leverage they might have used for a better life elsewhere. What is left is a pandemic of dysfunctional families that add nothing to society but breed mindless creatures thrown into a grab bag of immorality that the Democratic party depends on for a voting block. To further the growing menace these Globalists embrace immigration as the future of America. How? The Cities are crumbling and the money was squandered. The working poor are in a survival mode and neither party can turn it around Review the list of candidates offering to impoverish Americans for their own glory.

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  12. Just imagine if the Germans treated them half decently, they might have increased their armies by the millions as Stalin was already starving them half to death.

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  13. German prisoners did much better if u ask me.They build roads in Siberia.As will anyone else who tryes ro double cross russia.
    Hitler was supposed to bankrupt the British empire and weaken himself against France.
    Before Russia took over Europe

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  14. English Churchill was fighting a racist who killed millions while being one himself?

    Put this in your English history books. You English dick head, indeed.

    The British English brutally plundered and murdered nearly a quarter of the world for their own profit.

    The sheer arrogance of the British English people is just unbelievable.
    What Britain should be doing is "owning up to the crimes of the British Empire."?

    When British English judge or talk about others.The world should smear British English people at every opportunity with the actual truth of the British Empire. Because Brit English people will continue and blame others for the troubles they create.
    I hope the fallout of Brexit will be bloody and tear the UK apart. …Goodness knows the Nazi English Queen and English fascist bastards deserve it?

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  15. At last , finally a documentary that states GERMANS, and not as most using the word NAZI as if the Nazis were not Germans and the Germans were the good guys and it was all the Nazis to blame .

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  16. You had me until you bemoaned Soviet prisoners mistreated in Poland.
    Ahem. I believe there might be a heavy bit of context missing there. Am I right, Allies and Polish friends?

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  17. Geez every time I watch this I want to tell you to blow your communism up your ass!!!! You are so obvious. Your grandfather was a commissar??? Fuck him! He was probably responsible for thousands of executions in Soviet Union and during the war. There is something sensitive here and I intend on vetting it out. The destruction of Bolshevism was a Noble call. Unfortunately the world has already been infected which turned against those that were fighting against it.

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  18. This is similar to what the Soviets did to Japanese POWs they captured and enslaved for years after they declared war to grab territory in Asia.. Japanese survivors of Soviet prison camps in Siberia didn't return home until the 1950s. Commies are no better than Nazis, and have murdered tens of millions more people.

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  19. My mom gave food to the German POWs,she was a Soviet schoolgirl ,nobody shot her,yelled at her or even pushed her away…Many kids did this,nothing ever bad happened to them,it was OK to help…The German POWs just said:"Danke,Kinder,danke…"

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  20. What about their fate AFTER the war?

    The Soviet Union treated them pretty badly…

    Either socially ostracized, or sent to the Gulags.

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  21. A harrowing & very upsetting video & it was very, very well done.

    Your dialogue was moving & especially the part about how the Germans used the Geneva Convention to excuse it's atrocities.

    The Royal Aussie Invasion Mob used the almost exact same excuse in it's disgusting behaviour during it's illegal invasion of Viet Nam.

    Anything untidy …… Oh that was the Sth Vietnamese & they haven't signed the Geneva Convention so what can we do ???

    Thanks for the great video Comrade & I'll be watching more of your videos for sure.

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  22. Russians didn't sign Geneva Convention, Treatment of Prisoners of War 27 July 1929.

    After Russian attack on Poland in 1939, Poland and Russia never deleted sate of war. Wot Russians did with the Polish "POW" ( "POW" because the sate of war never was declared) captured in 1939 ? Katyn 1940 is only the tip of the iceberg of wot was happening all over Poland under Russian occupation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Geu0R4xGAi4

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  23. Wish you’d included the coup de gras meted out by the Americans to the Soviet prisoners, slave laborers, and defectors after the war, who (US), were complicit in this crime, by returning them to Stalin, who viewed them all as enemies of the people and therefore certain death.

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  24. I wonder if germanized Polabian Slavs, participated in these atrocities ?
    https://i.postimg.cc/8PzphX8N/R1a-Germany-Austria.png

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  25. Stalin refused to enlist the Red Cross to help the Soviet POW. He pronounced , that “We don’t have POW, we have traitors to the Motherland”. The RED CROSS . On the other hand, was instrumental in helping the allied POW.
    So, the guilt should be placed not only on Germans( which is obviois), but on Stalin

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  26. the Russians regrouped and got their revenge like Polish pilots gave no mercy to Germans. French resistance hated the Germans that they set up trapped posts to kill Germans. During attacks on Germany, Nazi Gastopos and generals killed themselves.

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  27. It was no wonder the Russians were in no mood for diplomacy when they reached Germany.
    Then it was left for the poor German civilians whom 80 percent hated the Nazis, to cop the full brunt of their Fury..

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  28. Nobody was more sadistic than the Bolsheviks, they killed 130 million people by shooting and starving to death. Check what they did to the Polish officers at Kathryn forest

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  29. Just remember the winners write the history. But we all know that the German army did all these things during the war! The other mistaken that all SS were Nazi’s are still viewed even though they were not all Nazi’s they considered themselves commandos and highly more trained and experienced in war. Don’t get me wrong the Germans commented many atrocities throughout the war but I believe the Soviet Union did things as well as the allies. But history has to be viewed on many sides.

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  30. I am not sure that the "Germans" expected the war to be over in a few weeks. However, there was a lack of long term planning in general. There was, in some circles, an over confidence brought about by the German's speedy defeat of the French and British. Still, many generals feared that the forces available were insufficient for the tasks allotted to them. There was also a concern that there did not appear to be a clearly defined goal or path to victory in the planning. The German army, in 1941, was perhaps the best army of the 20th century. The troops were professional, well trained and battle hardened. They were however still in many ways a horse drawn 19th century fighting machine. Their equipment was not the most modern or the best in many cases. If they had been provided sufficient, proper transport vehicles and perhaps an extra 750,000 men at the start of the campaign they may have pulled it off. Regardless, as it has often been said, 80 million people cannot conquer 130 million people. So perhaps nothing the Germans did would have changed things. Looking back it does seem odd that the Germans thought an invasion force of 3 million could conquer a country 3 times the size of the United States.

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  31. Communist Kommissars shouldnt have been executed. That was too good for them…they shouldve been put in chains & sent to Devils Island –

    Devil's Island : Colonies of the Condemned https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhULvm3TNl8

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  32. You are regurgitating Allied-produced-Propaganda and presenting it as the same old lop-sided, "factually" based excuse we've all been using for over 70yrs.

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  33. if the communists refused to follow rules of war, never signed the geneva convention , used partisans and commissars who were hardline communists and would fight to the bitter end, why is it any surprise they were treated harshly in an ideological struggle where there could only be one winner and it was a zero sum game.

    . there are no rules in a zero sum game. this video is communist sympathizer propaganda. at least study both sides equally instead of making the communists out to be the lesser of two evils.

    they were both bad. the germans were just in a more desperate position, so they acted with more ruthlessness. you seem to believe the communists were sincere in wanting to adhere to a bourgeoise international law agreement when the communists never believed in moral standards or reconciliation with their avowed enemies. why do you believe the communists platitudes just because the say so? their actions speak otherwise (katyn forest massacre, ukrainian holidomor, etc)

    it was the communists who abandoned the gentlemanly rules during 1917 in their death struggle with the white army, exterminating thousands of clergy, executing mass numbers of POWS in all sorts of gruesome ways, forcing the rest of the world to use the same dirty tactics against them. before communists, european warfare was pretty rule driven and massacres of civilians or POWs were rare

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  34. soviet commisars ran the gulags, and wanted to enslave their own people and europe under communism and already proved their barbarity at katyn forest and in the ukraine. why should any mercy be shown to the hardcore agents of the soviet state and its bloody objectives

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  35. Imagine surviving collectivization and Stalin’s purge only to end up being starved to death in a crowded camp, where your only other way out is freezing to death or being shot by a German guard.

    And we lionize (for good reason) the Greatest Generation as people who had a tough life…

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  36. I remember hearing somewhere that Jewish people in concentration camps felt bad for Russian soldiers. They had it the worst. I get angry at the churches in those areas, and in Europe in general. The clergy I know would throw themselves in the situation to stop these unbelievable scenes that are hard to imagine.

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  37. Well then, the guilty received the same horrible treatment they gave to the INNOCENT Jews, other groups as well, during the HOLOCAUST! I am sorry for ALL who suffered, but it's hard to have empathy for any Germans! I do try!

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  38. Once the evil of war has been released and a country sees the blood that it sheds, the lust of war is even greater! It never regains peace! Never!

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  39. Most photographs of Soviet prisoners of war, show dishevelled, gaunt, shoddily dressed, dirty and dazed and confused looking Russian prisoners, with a few relatively smartly dressed and healthier and cleaner looking German guards.

    Obviously those pictures were usually taken by the official propaganda units, and it's not hard to imagine the civilian audience back in Germany looking at the stark contrast between the victorious, clean shaven, healthy and confident German troops, compared with the defeated, badly dressed, dirty and starving Soviet prisoners slouching along in vast columns, and actually believing that the Russians really were the sub humans that they were taught to believe.

    But there are similar pictures taken by the Soviets, of hollow cheeked, unshaven and unwashed German prisoners of war, wearing dirty and worn-out uniforms, or without boots or tunics, and sometimes just wearing shorts and tunics or smocks, or with bandaged limbs and heads etc. These German prisoners look the same as their Soviet counterparts, shocked, dazed, hungry, ill and tired, especially when the appearance of their smartly dressed Soviet guards is compared.

    My point is, both the Germans and the Soviets used the same methods to portray the enemy as being pathetic, and the German propaganda pictures of Soviet prisoners are very similar to the Soviet propaganda pictures of their German prisoners.

    Defeated men, who are hungry, exhausted, maybe ill or in shock, and who are being taken by armed guard to an uncertain future, all look alike when some one on the winning side decides to take photos or footage of them.

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  40. Excellent, now do one on the murder of 800000+German pows some as young as14.Read book Other losses

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  41. Even more sad is that the Soviet survivors at the end of the war, were sent to Gulags by Stalin and died there, since they had been captured, and were traitors.

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  42. Since when is dealin harshly with an enemy that's sworn to destroy you a crime, War is War 😀

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  43. One can well understand the revenge the Russians exacted on the defeated Germany.After such appalling treatment inflicted on all of occupied Russia by German's It's a wonder they didn't totally wipe out every German they encountered until all were dead and the land empty.

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  44. Germany have always been the enemy of Europe, even now they invade us with millions of migrants.

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  45. Always remember what goes around comes around be a prick and latter you will get the same thing back
    Some call it karma

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  46. Biased his-story. History is written by the Victor's. Watch the greatest story never told on bitchute.

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  47. The first captured German POWs that the Russians would execute were Christian Padres of the Wehrmacht.

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  48. The research by Canadian historian James Bacque published in his book "Other Losses" will shed light on the treatment of German POWs in US captivity. See trailer at:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFp9wgqM0D8

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  49. POWs machine gunned attempting to obtain water from nearby river. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFp9wgqM0D8

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  50. I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT AT THE BEGINING OF BARBAROSSA THE SOVIETS SURRENDERED EN MASS BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT IT WAS BETTER THAN DEATH AT THE HAND OF COMMISSARS. BUT WHEN THEY FOUND OUT THAT THEY WILL BE STARVED TO DEATH WITH THE HUNS THEY STOPPED SURENDERING.

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  51. im not sure your right as any german soldiers sent to a gulag wouldnt have fuck all chance of getting out

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  52. 100thousand captured at stalingrad about 5 thousand got out twenty or thirty years later you do the maths

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  53. No wonder at the closing of the war, German officers & soldiers preferred getting captured by the Americans and not the Soviets.

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  54. Stalin considered Russians who were captured to be cowards and traitors. Those who returned to the Soviet Union were banished to the forests as outcasts.

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  55. Who fought for Hitler and the Wehrmacht, and who is against?

    Historical facts. To remember …

    In total, the Wehrmacht fought about 2 million people from 15 European countries (more than half a million – the Romanian army, almost 400 thousand – Hungarian troops, more than 200 thousand – Mussolini troops!).

    "Blue Division" – Spain

    "Wallonia" – in the division were French, Spanish and Walloon , moreover, the majority of the Walloons.

    "Galicia" – Ukrainians and Galicians

    "Bohemia and Moravia" – Czechs from Moravia and Bohemia

    Viking – volunteers from the Netherlands, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries

    “Denmark” – Danes

    Langemark – Flemish Volunteers

    Nordland – Dutch and Scandinavian volunteers

    Nederland – Dutch collaborators who fled to Germany after the Allies occupied the Netherlands.

    "The French Infantry Regiment 638", since 1943, was merged with the newly organized "French division of the SS" Charlemagne "- the French.

    The armies of the allies of Germany — Italy, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Slovakia, and Croatia — participated in the war against the USSR.

    The Bulgarian army was involved in the occupation of Greece and Yugoslavia

    And the USSR won!

    Historical facts. To remember

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  56. this pisses me off but the guilty partyies are all dead now. it's no wonder the Soviets act in such a paranoid way when dealing with foreign governments, I can also see the aftermath in Germans. Too bad, the Ruskies would make fine allies, just as they did during the war.

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  57. Hard to watch this video. In my imagination there is no room for such behaviour. It is far beyound my understanding ,

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  58. Sorry, TIK, this is your only video that I cannot watch till the end. I new about the unbelievable behaviour of the Wermacht in USSR, but this is beyound any imagination. Even a Japanese soldier would be envious on this behaviour,

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  59. TBH, considering what the commissars and political officers stood for, I can't say I feel bad for them. Pot and kettle, it's like saying I should feel bad for the SS officers being shot by the Red Army. Sorry, no. You won't get any sympathy from me there.

    I do kinda feel bad for the regular PoWs. I say kinda, because Soviets were doing pretty much the same thing for years prior and after the war. They might have not been the ones deciding the policies, but they were still supporting the system in pretty much the same way Wehrmacht was supporting the third Reich. Again, pot and kettle. I would also kinda feel bad for the regular German soldiers in Soviet camps. Kinda

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