Deafening silence, or when did the Great Patriotic War begin?
Start a people's war or opposition regimes?
It would seem that there can be no difference in the question of when the Great Patriotic War began. But is everything so clear in reality? And was the beginning of the German invasion at the same time and the beginning of a national war? It is already known that in the summer of forty-first in vast territories, cut by tank wedges of the Wehrmacht, complete anarchy reigned, the people warmly met the invaders, soldiers subdued in whole units, and wild gangs of deserters wandered through the forests. And who knows what the course of world history would have been if Hitler had approved the policy of soft occupation proposed by his generals. So when did the Great Patriotic War begin?
At the edge of the abyss
In the history of the Great Patriotic War there is still a huge variety of mysteries and secrets.Many archival documents that could shed light on these tragic and ominous pages of our history, and still hidden under the heading "Secret." The heated debates of historians about these events will probably never subside. But they are all unanimous in one thing - the regular Red Army was destroyed in the first months of the war, which moved to the Patriotic category closer to September, when the Russian people finally realized that the German dictator is no better than our homegrown. But this is at least its own, "native." When the country was at the very edge of the abyss, from which the smelly stench of the grave smelled, the Russian people, realizing that the goal of the Nazis was to completely exterminate the Russians as a state-forming nation, rose to national resistance to the ruthless and bloodthirsty aggressor. When the Great Patriotic War began, it took the smart and sharp-witted Russian people (Ukrainians, Belarusians and others to the same extent) quite a bit to realize that there were no fundamental differences between the two regimes.
Features of the Red Army Stalin-style
Today it is no longer a secret that, by its very nature, the Red Army was a feudal militarized structure. Unlike the Russian Imperial Army, it lacked veteran traditions, officer honor (and the officers themselves were not there at the beginning either). It was commanded in most of the lower ranks of the royal army. A vivid example of this is the Admiral Oktyabrsky, who served in the Russian Imperial fleet with the rank of fireman. He changed his last name to a more ideologically consistent one, but otherwise he stayed that way as a fireman. It is impossible even to count how many lives of Russian sailors are on the conscience of this Stalinist careerist. In general, when the Great Patriotic War began, the Red Army was an army of slaves, in which any initiative was punishable and where even the highest commanding officers were afraid to make objective and truthful reports to Stalin, since for them this could result in a death sentence. And the army of slaves, as you know, is only good at parades. And in the conditions of a brutal extermination war it is difficult to demand special resistance from it. Therefore, it remained only to rely on the courage and sacrifice of the Russian soldier.And solely at the expense of these qualities of war are not won.
Prehistory Ominous radio message
On June 22, 1941, at 5:30 am, Reich Minister Dr. Goebbels read the Führer's address to the German people on the radio. After just a minute, all the radio stations of the world interrupted their own programs. And the broadcast was filled with numerous messages in all languages about the beginning of the grand eastern campaign of the Wehrmacht. Only the Moscow radio was silent. More precisely, it worked in normal peacetime mode, broadcasting regular Sunday broadcasts. Only at noon, when the first bombs had already fallen on Minsk, Brest and Sevastopol, was the radio presentation of the People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov. And the great leader, Comrade Stalin, remained silent. And it was a deafening deathly silence.
Guderian's Tank Fist Smash
The first of the land forces of Germany entered the war the forces of Colonel-General Heinz Guderian. The enemy was painfully familiar to him - on the other side of the border were the positions of the Soviet fourth tank army, with which his division drove the Poles out of the Brest Fortress in September 1936. And then they organized a joint parade on the streets of the fallen city.Guderian then personally approved the text of the greeting to the allies. And now the vents of tank guns were turned predatory on the positions of those very allies. And the Luftwaffe pilots again looked at the long-suffering city through the slit of the bomber sight. And down below in the smoke and rumble of tank engines, on the move trying to pull on an old battered shirt, one of the "allies" rushed. He had just said goodbye to his family and now, hurrying to the fortress, did not think about the fact that the planes and tanks that sowed death, in fact, saved him. This was the commander of the garrison of the fortress major P. M. Gavrilov. In the USSR after the Great Patriotic War, his memory was immortalized.
Major Gavrilov P.M. was in the operational design of the Special Section due to the suspicion of the spread of panic rumors about a close war with Germany. Consideration of his case was scheduled, as evidenced by archival documents, on June 27th - the day on which the wounded and deadly tired major fought off another attack on the eastern fort. A quarter of a century later, a museum was created on the ruins of the fortress, in which on one of the stands is a photo with the caption: "The commander of the heroic defense, Major Peter Gavrilov."At the same time, few people think about how it turned out that only the major commanded the many-thousandth garrison and what happened to the six generals and more than two dozen colonels. And most importantly - why in the first hours the fortress was completely surrounded if it was part of a powerful 62nd fortified area, which is impossible to overcome right off the bat.