Crimea And Misdemeanours

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yaltaWinston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at Yalta, Crimea February 1945

The Yalta Conference.

Seventy years ago this week.

Ironically, one of the main aims of the Yalta conference got turned on its head and has shown the extraordinary turns of history. This was the aim of all the participants to punish Germany and split it into four military zones and possibly into two or three separate ‘agricultural’ Germanies, to prevent it ever coming back as one big power again, to dominate and disrupt the world.

However, with a Cold War growing, the West realised that it needed a strong Germany, and the Soviets followed suit by building up Eastern Germany. Seventy years later, and with the two Germanies united, the country is at the absolute centre of Europe, running the EU and acting as economic powerhouse for the entire continent.

…many Poles never forgave the way that they were sold into Communism by the British, having seen Britain enter the war to save them from Hitler. It is interesting that Churchill, who made much of Chamberlain’s appeasement and trust in Hitler, should himself suffer the same with the Soviet leader.

The port of Yalta and the great global carve-up (Eamon Delaney, Independent.ie)

7 thoughts on “Crimea And Misdemeanours

  1. Bejayziz

    What a load of rubbish…Germany lost a lot of German territory after WW2…In Yalta they agreed that Poland would annex much of east Germany (which now constitutes the west of Poland from Silesia/Wroclaw in the south all the way up to the black sea, as well as the annexation of Danzig, Stettin, Konigsberg, and north east Prussia…German territory was ethnically cleansed and annexed and is still under Polish and Russian (konnigsberg) control, could never understand why Germans arent outraged by this

  2. mauriac

    Churchill tried his best but was outmanoeuvred by Stalin and betrayed by the dying FDR…After ww1 he wanted to roll past Germany and invade Russia but was shot down by the Americans.

  3. Mark

    The west didn’t have the military ability to challenge the Soviet Union’s control of eastern Europe. However it was their half hearted attempts to oppose it that allowed the Soviets the political cover to eliminate their enemies and ensured the Cold War lasted as long as it did.

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