Soviet troops launch a general counter-offensive which eventually culminates in the capture of Berlin in May 1945.
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Former members of the ACM joined the Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians (RAPM). The RAPM, composed of ‘reactionary proletarians,’ opposed Western music ideals, instead seeking to encourage traditional Russian music.Conflict between reactionaries and progressives (former ACM members) within the RAPM ensued. Although the Communist Party supported the reactionaries, it did not directly act to resolve the conflict;
Pre-War Soviet Sports photographs
The Truman administration was convinced that losing Berlin would mean losing all of Germany. After a military challenge was considered and rejected, the Berlin airlift was initiated. Over the next 321 days, Western fliers made 272,000 flights into West Berlin, delivering thousands of tons of supplies every day. The effort gained wide public sympathy, and on May 12, 1949, the Soviets, concluding that the blockade had failed, reopened the borders. East and West Germany were established as…
Stalin's defeat in Finland in 1940 and his retreat from Hitler's forces in 1941 came from purging his own army. The results of the Stalinist bloodbath showed up in the poor performance of the Red Army in the winter war with Finland (1939-40): well over a million well-armed men were stalled for months before a thinly defended Finnish line, and the Soviet losses were almost unbelievable. This bitter experience did, however, pinpoint some of the Red Army's worst shortcomings and resulted in the…
Feb 1937 : Prison photo of 27 year old Tamara Litsinskaya after her arrest for being a follower of Trotskyism, Moscow, USSR. Tamara was executed on August 25th 1937 Between 1936 to 1938, many people were arrested for alleged crimes in USSR, then executed and buried in mass graves in secret places known as the Great Purge. Many Liberal Socialists, Marxists, Anarchists, Army commanders and Trotskyist were executed. It was the most brutal era of Stalinism in USSR