'There are no Soviet Prisoners of War, only Traitors' - WW2 - 104 - August 22, 1941

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'There are no Soviet Prisoners of War, only Traitors' - WW2 - 104 - August 22, 1941 5

Josef Stalin is forming new armies to fight off the German onslaught, and yet it continues gaining ground both in the north and in the south. He also issues Draconian orders to the Red Army concerning any form of surrender.

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Director: Astrid Deinhard
Producers: Astrid Deinhard and Spartacus Olsson
Executive Producers: Astrid Deinhard, Indy Neidell, Spartacus Olsson, Bodo Rittenauer
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Post-Production Director: Wieke Kapteijns
Research by: Indy Neidell
Edited by: Iryna Dulka
Sound design: Marek Kamiński

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Orders orders and more orders this week as both Stalin and Hitler try and get ahold of the vast and chaotic situation along the battlefront, but nefarious war crimes and atrocities continue to lurk in the background. We cover the humanitarian crisis created both deliberately and by collateral effects that the war has on the world population in our War Against Humanity series that is now coming out every second week to keep up with the increasing pace of terror. To get the full experience of the chronological developments, follow those formats too:

Author — World War Two


Funny how Himmler is all for mass genocide from afar yet he can't handle a tiny taste of it when it's in front of him..

Author — Ajeet Mann


Stalin: "From now on, LOSING IS BANNED!"

Author — David Beach


You know it's getting serious when Indy does not give a shout-out to a Time Ghost Army member...

Author — Kennedy Montoya


"There are no Soviet POW, only traitors"
In the list of "the most Stalin things ever" this deserves a pretty high spot!

Author — motasem al-yamani


German officer: I think we're screwed.
Russian officer: I think we're screwed.

Author — Hannah Skipper


Hitler: Who knew this rotten structure had 16 million studs?

Author — Jaxwagen


"Maybe there is at least... a *chance*, that I didn't think this through completely." - German OKW

Author — Artrexis Lives


I'm beginning to think this whole Barbarossa thing might have been a bad idea.

Author — Valdagast


Is Indy questioning Stalin? He might find himself on vacation.

Author — Civil War Week By Week


The ending of this episode was just superb, it always annoyed me how many history yt channels don't put the necessary gravitas on the horrors of this conflict, well done and thank you!

Author — Ferran .Valor


That ending just frightens me to the bone. So it begins.

Author — Neil Roberts


Ohhhh, poor Himmler. Those mass executions he ordered are too gross for him.

Author — CreatorUser


"Relaized the Army would need to be replaced every 4-8 months."
Germans: Wait...You're able to do that?

Author — Wolf Hammer


Saying Stalin giving a draconian order is like saying water is wet

Author — Michael Mutranowski


Almost every high school history teacher in my school district (St. Vrain Valley School District RE-1J, Longmont Colorado) uses your channel and the great war channel all the time! Isn't it amazing that you and your wonderful production team are responsible for educating hundreds of millions of people all over the world about WWI & WWII in stunning detail?

Author — Harrison VC


The Blue Division was considered a purely “volunteers division” just in case things turned out bad.... Franco was very prudent....

Author — Al Mol


This tie very much looks like it was designed for fall, not summer. That said, I really like the colour and patterning. Nice touch matching with the watchband as well (unless that was accidental). 3.5/5

Author — Gianni Verschueren


Not only is Himmler himself one of the most abhorrent men in human history, he's so obsessed with the ideas of mass killings but has no stomach for the actual work. Does he simply expect that the men pulling the triggers are no more "subhuman" than their victims that they do not get nauseated by blood and guts flying in their faces?

Author — Samuel Katz


*_World War Two_*
*Allies:* _Albanian resistance, _ Andorra’, Australia+, Bahrain-, Belgium*+, Canada, China’’, Costa Rica’, Czechoslovakia*, _Danish resistance, _ Ethiopia, Free France+’’’, Greece*, Luxembourg*, Nepal, Netherlands*+, New Zealand+, Norway*+, Oman-, Poland*, South Africa, Transjordan-, Tannu Tuva~, United Kingdom+, USSR, Yugoslavia*’’’’
*Axis:* Bulgaria, Chechnya-Ingushetia<, Croatia~’’’’, _Estonian resistance<<, _ Finland<<< Germany+, Hungary, Italy +, Japan+^, _Latvian resistance<<, _ _Lithuanian resistance<<_, Manchukuo~, Mengkukuo~, _Ngolok Tibetans^^, _ Reorganized ROC~, Romania, Slovakia~, Ukrainian nationalists^^^, Vichy France+’’’
**3rd Parties:** Denmark]

_*War of ‘41*_]]
*Ecuadorian:* Ecuador
*Peruvian:* Peru

*_Under United States occupation:_* Greenland]]], Iceland]]]]

_Italics:_ Non-state forces
*occupied with a government-in-exile & resistance movement.
+Includes forces from the country’s colonies, overseas territories, or reichskommissariats
-self-governing protectorate or territory

‘Because both Andorra & Costa Rica were not present at the Treaty of Versailles, they were still technically at war with Germany. *_SPOILER WARNING:_* While Andorra will act as & be treated as a neutral country for the duration of the war, Costa Rica takes a more active role after Pearl Harbor by declaring war Italy & Japan.

‘’The Kuomintang & Communist Parties have signed a truce to fight the Japanese as part of the Second United Front lead by Chiang Kai-shek, but coordination is minimal & both deeply mistrust the other.

‘’’When newly appointed Prime Minister Philippe Pétain announced his intentions to seek an armistice with the Axis powers, General Charles de Gaulle established a government-in-exile that would continue the war on the Allied side. French colonies had to decide whether to remain loyal to the Vichy Regime or join the Free French. Chad under Governor Félix Éboué was the first to join De Gaulle & soon all of French Equatorial Africa was in Free French hands, with its capital Brazzaville serving as headquarters for the movement. *_SPOILER WARNING:_* By late 1943, all French oversea possessions except in Indochina were controlled by Free France. Although the French government in Vichy is officially neutral, I have placed them with the Axis. The main reason being that Allied forces would continue to attack & occupy the territory it claimed throughout the war. At the same time, the Vichy government collaborated with Germany by providing war materials, allowing them use of their territory for strategic operations, & in implementing the Holocaust.

’’’’After Yugoslavia was invaded by the Axis, the “Independent State of Croatia” was established as a puppet state made up of Croatians separatists opposed to the government’s centralization programs. In opposition to the invasion, *_SPOILER WARNING:_* resistance movements such as the Communist “National Liberation Army and Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia” & the Royalist “Chetnik Detachments of the Yugoslav Army” formed. Later, these movements would fight each other as well.

<While many Chechens would serve in the Red Army during the war, the Provisional Popular Revolutionary Government of Chechnya-Ingushetia is currently engaged in a guerrilla war against the USSR for independence. Since I have the Soviets is now with the Allies, I‘m placing Chechnya-Ingushetia with the Axis.

<<The official governments of the Baltic States reluctantly accepted the USSR’s ultimatums, resulting in their occupation & the installation of new Soviet friendly regimes. This led to the creation of irregular national resistance movements. As Germany & all three resistance movements are currently fighting the USSR, I have placed them in the Axis. *_SPOILER WARNING:_* Later, I will move the Baltic resistance movements to the 3rd Parties List after they start fighting the Germans.

<<<Although the Finish Government did not sign the Tripartite Pact, they did cooperate with the Germans in the Invasion of the USSR. *_SPOILER WARNING:_* With the end of the Continuation War & the beginning of the Lapland War in September 1944, I’ll move Finland back to the Allies.

^I’ve combined the European & Asian wars at this point because Japan has now officially joined a military alliance with Germany & Italy in the form of the Tripartite Pact & is occupying Northern French Indochina, which is land the Free French government recognizes as its own. Despite the government in Vichy agreeing to the occupation after months of pressure, impatient Japanese forces rushed across the border & clashed with their Vichy French counterparts in the first few days. Since the fighting is over, Vichy France & Japan are listed together as part of the Axis.

^^The Ngolok rebellions were a brutal ethnic conflict fought in Qinghai/Amdo between Ngolok Tibetans & the Hui dominated Ma clique who were loyal to the Kuomintang government of China. Despite having a common enemy in the Kuomintang, the Ngolok Tibetans & Japan were only co-belligerents as they didn’t have a formal alliance & didn’t coordinate in military planning.

^^^Some Ukrainians such as both factions of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists(OUN) aided the Axis invasion of the USSR in the hope of securing Ukrainian Independence. *_SPOILER WARNING:_* Later, they would start to fight the Axis as well when it became apparent Hitler had no intention of granting it.

]In the 2nd week of April, both Germany & the United Kingdom invaded & occupied parts of Danish territory(Germany occupied Denmark proper & the United Kingdom occupied the Faroe Islands) to “guarantee their independence & neutrality.” Everyday life went on mostly as before with Local authorities in both areas cooperating with the occupiers. Hitler hoped that Denmark would be “a model protectorate” that would aide his larger goals. Despite this, the Danish national government resisted calls by Germany for legal discrimination against Jewish Danes, the death penalty, & German military courts to have jurisdiction over Danish citizens. The Danish colony of Greenland(being de facto independent at the time) asked the neutral USA to protect them from invasion by the warring powers. Throughout this time, Denmark remained officially neutral despite having Axis & Allied forces on its soil. *_SPOILER WARNING:_* On August 29, 1943, after refusing to submit to any further German demands, the Danish government was dissolved & the German military took direct control of the country. At that point, I’ll take Denmark off the 3rd parties list & replace the Danish resistance with Denmark(with an occupied disclaimer).

]]The War of '41 was a conflict fought between Ecuador & Peru over which country owned the land between the Andes Mountains & the lower part of the Marañón River, a dispute the dated back to both nation’s independence. The war started on July 5, 1941 *_SPOILER WARNING:_* & fighting would continue until July 31 when a cease-fire was put in place. The Rio Protocol signed on January 29, 1942 gave the disputed territory to Peru, but the border would not be fully settled until 1998.

]]]Under his own initiative, Danish ambassador to the Henrik Kauffmann allowed American forces to occupy Greenland to protect it from invasion by belligerents of the 2nd World War. As Denmark proper had already been invaded, its government was in no position to rule the island, so administration fell to the Sheriffs or Landsfogeder.

]]]]Although the Icelandic government issued a formal protest, the British invasion was not contested because Iceland lacked a military to fight back with & so told its people to treat the occupiers as guests. Even to this day, the "Lovely War" is controversial. Many Icelanders view the Allied occupation very negatively for the loss of their country’s sovereignty & for foreign troops fraternizing with local women. Others point to economic & infrastructural benefits the happened during the war. On July 7th, 1941, Iceland’s occupation was transferred to the Neutral United States.

Author — Marcus Bierman