Plot World History with Andrey Sidorchik
For eight years from 2014 to 2022, European countries did not make real efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis in Ukraine within the framework of the Minsk agreements. But now an incredible amount of teachings and threats against Russia is flying.
“Did they defeat us too?”
In particular, the Europeans decided to teach the Russians the correct understanding of the terms “Nazism”; and “genocide”. «This war is not a fight against Nazism, it is a lie», — French President Emmanuel Macron announced in one of his speeches.
Legend has it that the representatives of the Wehrmacht, who arrived at the ceremony of signing the unconditional surrender, were surprised to see the French. “Did these guys also defeat us?” — the losers asked rudely.
Regrettably for the French, there was a lot of truth in this surprise. On May 15, 1940, French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud telephoned Winston Churchill in London, declaring: “We have been defeated… They are rushing into the gap with tanks and armored vehicles.” Churchill tried to calm Reynaud, but he kept repeating like a clockwork: “No, we are beaten, we lost the battle.”
On June 22, 1940, the Compiegne Armistice was signed, according to which 60 percent of the country's territory, including Paris and the entire Atlantic coast, became the occupation zone of Germany. The French army was to disarm and hand over heavy weapons to the German troops. It was envisaged to maintain minimal formations to maintain order, the number of which was to be determined by Germany and Italy. The French navy was to be demobilized and placed in ports under the supervision of the occupying forces. France was also entrusted with the obligation to maintain German troops on its territory. France handed over to the Reich all German prisoners of war, while French soldiers had to remain in POW camps until the end of hostilities in Western Europe. In addition, France was obliged to extradite to the Reich the citizens of Germany who were on its territory, who were indicated by the German command.
“Legion of French volunteers against Bolshevism”
The so-called Vichy France has become a real satellite of the Third Reich. In the Soviet years in our country they preferred to talk about the Normandie squadron — Neman» and the resistance movement, without specifying that the number of those French who supported Hitler in the period from 1940 to 1944 was dozens of times greater than the number of those who fought Nazism.
According to the NKVD of the USSR, a total of 23,136 French were in Soviet captivity. We are talking about those who directly participated in the battles against the Red Army.
There is no question of any bondage. Immediately after the German attack on the USSR, on the initiative of a number of French political parties and with the approval of the authorities of the Third Reich, the Legion of French Volunteers Against Bolshevism was formed. As part of the Wehrmacht, it was called the 638th Infantry Regiment, but, curiously, its fighters fought … under the banner of France.
Another noteworthy fact for “French pride” — The 638th Infantry Regiment was the only foreign unit in the Wehrmacht that advanced on Moscow in 1941.
morale, but the level of their combat training is low. The sergeants, in general, are not bad, but they do not show activity, since the senior staff does not show efficiency. The officers are not capable of much and were clearly recruited on a purely political basis.
Due to heavy losses, the “Legion against Bolshevism” taken to the rear for retraining and reorganization.
Punishers and SS men: the dark pages of the “Gallic roosters”
Can you fall even lower? Can. After retraining and replenishment in 1942, the French battalions were placed at the disposal of the Wehrmacht security divisions on the territory of the Byelorussian SSR. Modern Parisian historians write that the formations were used for “anti-partisan actions”, but it would be more correct to call it otherwise — French soldiers played the role of punishers.
Belarusian partisans, however, did not breed politeness, sending immigrants from French lands to the other world as diligently as all other Nazis and their accomplices.
In the summer of 1944, the Legion Against Bolshevism, completely worn out by losses, poured into the new division — 7th SS Grenadier Brigade Charlemagne.
In general, the French were recruited into the SS on an individual basis from 1942, and from 1943 recruitment points in France operated under the auspices of the government in Vichy. In August 1943, a French SS regiment was created, and in the fall of 1944, a whole brigade of French SS men was recruited. In February 1945, Charlemagne was reorganized into an SS division.
And here again the historical parallels: according to the documents, for the first time the French SS battalion collided with the Red Army during the fighting … near Lvov. Here the Nazis noted the special zeal and combat effectiveness of the French, but it cost them very dearly — in a month of fighting in the summer of 1944, the French SS battalion lost up to 90 percent of its personnel killed and wounded. did not let up.
The Iron Cross and the absence of regret: the career of the French Hauptsturmführer Fehne
Historical fact — in the last days of the defense of Berlin in the Reichstag area, a combined hodgepodge of Finnish, Danish, Norwegian and French SS men fiercely defended, and collaborators showed much more zeal than the Germans themselves.
April 29, 1945, French Hauptsturmführer Henri Joseph Fene received the Iron Cross for valor in the battles for Berlin.
Fene was taken alive, and this is how he recalled it: “We were herded to the damaged Brandenburg Gate, where we stood and looked with a heavy heart at the parade of winners — hundreds and hundreds of tanks adorned with red flags. We were crushed. It was a complete disaster. We were erased, thrown into the abyss of insignificance and impenetrable darkness … When the Russians moved the camp to the east, they decided not to take me with them, and I returned to France. “You will suffer a punishment worthy of traitors!“ Such a poster met me at the border».
Kara, however, turned out to be a kind of — Fene, sentenced to 22 years in prison, was released after three and a half years. Moreover, he claimed that they met him as a hero: “On the day of my release, the entire administration of the prison gathered, and they offered me champagne. The town priest arrived in his little “Citroen” and waited for me at the gate. They were all sincerely glad to see me free.
In France, they “understood and forgave” me. earlier than in Ukraine
Fenet lived until 2002, regularly held meetings with French colleagues at Charlemagne, at which the SS men proudly posed with the Iron Crosses received from the Third Reich. The Hauptsturmführer willingly gave interviews to the media, in which he stated that he did not regret anything, and he was not ashamed of anything at all.
The truth is that the justification and rehabilitation of French collaborators, including the SS, began much earlier than in Ukraine. But it was furnished with the elegance inherent in the French, and it’s not so noticeable to us from the outside.