D-Day obscures another great battle, probably of greater importance to the outcome of WW2

The world changing history of D-Day as presented by the US media


Every June 6th it is by now customary and unchallenged for US media to celebrate D-Day as if it had been the decisive battle, the turning point of WW2.

While the invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe by the Allies was a huge and unprecedented military feat that contributed to the eventual crushing of Germany, D-Day did not immediately alter the status quo in most Nazi-held territories. It would take many more months and more fierce battles on both the Eastern and Western fronts—including the Bulge, which also resonates greatly with the Americans—for the German military machine to finally begin to disintegrate.  It was another battle, fought by the Russians a bit over a year before, at enormous cost, that broke the back of the German advances, destroyed one of their best armies (von Paulus), and buried for the first time the myth of Nazi invincibility. That battle which was Stalingrad. 

Hitler experiences his first humiliating defeat as Stalingrad turns the tide 

The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943)[8][9][10][11] was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in the south-western Soviet Union. Marked by constant close quarters combat and disregard for military and civilian casualties, it is amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare. The heavy losses inflicted on the Wehrmacht make it arguably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war.[12] It was a turning point in the European theatre of World War II–the German forces never regained the initiative in the East and withdrew a vast military force from the West to reinforce their losses.  (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Being truthful, giving credit where credit is due, does not detract from the sacrifice and heroism of others. Both Stalingrad and D-Day are memorable historical events of great consequence. There is no need for the American media to lead the jingoist parade and erase from memory the effort of those comrades on a distant front who were, after all, America’s allies at the time. Yet this is the norm in the United States, as evidenced in the randomly selected television clip below. —PG

I left out the TV clip. If you want to see it you can click the link below. – PC

Source: The Greanville Post

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2 Responses to D-Day obscures another great battle, probably of greater importance to the outcome of WW2

  1. beetleypete says:

    I have to say the coverage of WW2 is a lot less biased over here. All nations are given credit, and even on the actual day of the UK celebrations at Arromanches, the presenter said that success in Normandy would never have been possible, without the Russian victories in the East.
    Regards from England, Pete.

  2. Prole Center says:

    The way it’s presented here is that the U.S., the “arsenal of democracy”, took down the Nazis and Imperial Japan almost single-handedly. England gets an honorable mention, but the Soviet Union and Tito’s partisans are never brought up.

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