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remember seeing something about the end of the
Second World War and over 30,000 British & Commonwealth soldiers
"liberated" from German POW camps by the Red Army disappeared into
The Iron Cage: Are British Prisoners of War
Abandoned in Soviet Hands Still Alive in Siberia?
somewhere of up to 20,000 US POWs who went missing after being liberated by the
and one executed Colonel who protested too
2008 newspaper article
soviets did execute a mass of 'liberated' POWs
Soviet and Polish nationality
wanted for other crimes i.e. rape, murder and desertion.
'desertion' also included surrendering to the
so they were on a hiding to nothing
1945. "The request from the Soviet NKVD August 13, 1945
â 00955 "On the release of prisoners
from the camps and NKVD hospitals" read: 1. Release from the camps and
NKVD spetsgospitaley 708 000 ordinary prisoners of war and non-commissioned
officers, among them - 419 000 people. From former front camps network and 289
000 people. From camps and hospitals. 2. The release made in the following
order: a) completely release and return to their homeland prisoners of war
following nationalities: chehoslovakov (Czechs, Slovaks, Ruthenians) - 32 600
people. (from the front network of camps - 9298 per.), Poles - 19 800 (17 723),
Yugoslavs (Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Bosnians) - 9500 people.. "Then
followed on the list of 19 640 Italians, Belgians 1800, 1300 Dutch, 720
lux-burzhtsev, 280 Bulgarians, 230 Danes, 24 Swiss, 55 Norwegians, 40
Americans, 31 Swedes, 20 Greeks, 15 Britons, 150 000 Hungarians,
Austrians 30 000, 30 000 Romanians.
Of course, that the largest group in this list were prisoners of war (the sick,
disabled, handicapped) Germans - 412 000 people., ..."
sorry but no web links
very interesting thread
I'm "reasonably convinced" that Patton was bumped off, based on my reading, including O'Reilly's book. He knew we should have kept marching east until we reached Moscow, something Ike et al wern't willing to countenance.As always, we weren't willing to finish the job, and as usual, we paid the price as a result.
Im guessing that American industrial might was stretched thinner than we'll ever know. The fragmented jigsaw puzzle of Europe was maybe a bigger quagmire of danger than hindsight can illuminate.It's also worth noting that many of the various indigenous European resistance groups against the Nazis had communist leanings. Not long ago, we had a discussion on the two main Polish resistance wings - one socialist; the other not. The Russians basically let the Germans run them BOTH down out of fear they'd later have to deal with an INDIGENOUS enemy that was a lot harder to spot than the obvious German one. It was certainly cost-effective for the O.S.S. to drop a crate of STEN guns here and there to such groups to disrupt the mutual enemy, but such groups might have become an internal problem in the rear should Patton have been allowed to press east.A LOT more to juggle than just the guys sporting swastikas.
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