D. As to the Soviet Role in World War II
The question of "who won the war" will be debated for centuries (that is if our species lasts centuries in the face of global warming, over-population, and the capitalist depredations), just as what really happened in the "Wars of the Roses" in 15th Century England is still being debated. Despite some wording in Part I that one reader found objectionable my view has always been that the outcome of World War II would have been quite different without the involvement of the Soviet Union and its Red Army.
From flickr.com/photos/86368962@N00/6113088650/: Marshall Zhukov, Commander of the Red Army for the three .turning point. victories.
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Three significant battles on the Eastern Front can be picked out, in which a loss for the Red Army in any of them could well have led to a Soviet defeat with repercussions all around the world. Stalingrad of course marked, with the concurrent English victory at El Alamein, the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. But before that, if the Red Army's Siberian divisions had not been able to launch and win their winter counter-offensive in front of Moscow in December, 1941, there could well have also been a different outcome. And then the Nazis' fate was sealed with the Soviet victory in the greatest tank battle in history, at Kursk, July-August, 1943. Following that loss, except for the brief success in the Ardennes in December, 1944, the Wehrmacht was never again able to mount an offensive of any kind.
E. On Dealing with the Ad Hominem Arguments
Joe Califano, an attorney and a Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Jimmy Carter, once shared this old lawyers' saw with me: "If you don't have the law, argue the facts; if you don't have the facts, argue the law; and if you have neither the facts nor the law, argue ad hominem.
And with that, I bid you all a very good evening.
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