World War II

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World War II

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  1. The Germans also took many Russian prisoners in the course of their advance, soldiers, peasants, men and women. Most of these were kept alive and taken as slave labour to Germany and to Austria. In the countries they subjected, the Germans drove seven million people, men and women to forced labour sites.

  2. But the Jews were driven to the huge torture camps set up in every country by the Germans. Millions of Jews were assembled in these camps, there to await death; men, women, old people, babes in arms, all were driven there in railway wagons used for transporting cattle. In these cattle trains the Jews were carted by the thousand to the German torture camps. Without food or water, in icy weather, without blankets, the Jews were stuffed into these cattle trucks; countless freight trains bore them day and night to the vast assemblies given over to terror, torture and death. And in these horror trains, thousands of Jews died of hunger and thirst, of cold, of weakness, of fear, the old and the young, women and children, pregnant and nursing women and their babes.

  3. And the man called Hitler, striding from triumph to triumph, hating and persecuting the Jews in his madness, now saw a first shadow cast over his good fortune, in that he did not defeat Russia in the first winter of his attack. So it was that he put into effect death threats that he had been making against the Jews there. And in the cities and villages of Russia, the Germans murdered ten thousand Jews, not counting those that were driven to the death camps.

  4. Once the winter ended, the war between the Russians and the Germans raged anew. And once again, the German armies penetrated deeper and deeper into Russia. They conquered town after town and they reached the Caucasus Mountains and they approached the former capital of Russia in the North. But they were not able to conquer Moscow, then the capital of Russia, not before the winter and not after the winter. But in the South, the Germans penetrated even further in the second summer of the war and the Russian armies were forced to withdraw. And the Germans reached the mighty Volga river. And here there raged the fiercest battles between the Germans and the Russians for the city of Stalingrad, on the banks of the Volga. The city was named after the man who ruled Russia, Stalin, and therefore the Russians defended it to the death. The Germans anchored themselves in the city, fighting for every house, day and night, for many weeks, and the Russians pushed forward on either side of the German army fighting for Stalingrad and the Russians encircled the Germans. And the war was fierce and bloody and it raged on from the autumn into the second winter. More German troops came to try and break he Russian ring around the German troops. But the Russians held firm and the Germans were unable to tear the ring. And the German army inside the ring grew weaker and weaker. They could neither take Stalingrad nor escape. Many thousands died on both sides and one hundred thousand Germans were taken prisoner and disarmed by the Russians. That was the first blow suffered by the man called Hitler. And his armies were deep inside Russia.

  5. The war was now world wide. Except for Great Britain, every country in Europe plus East Russia had succumbed to the German. And his soldiers and murderers held all these lands with a rule of blood. A German army and an Italian army had also set foot on the continent of Africa and declared that they would conquer every British colony in Africa. They threatened to cut all the routes linking Britain to its colonies in Asia. In Africa, British soldiers were fighting the German and Italian enemy with uneven success. The British did defeat the Italian army, but they were first beaten by the Germans in Libya in North Africa. Ten thousand British soldiers were taken prisoner with their weapons and a section of the British army was driven back towards Egypt, near the city of Alexandria. Many thousands of Jews fought with the British, to keep the deadly enemy of the Jews away from their land; many feared that the German would be able to reach Palestine.

  6. When the war against Japan began, there were many in America who said: ‘Our main enemy is Japan. What does a war among the nations of Europe matter to us? Let us fight with all our might against Japan and then, when we have defeated that country, we will worry about Europe and about Britain and about Germany. For this our enemy, Japan, is enough to contend with’. But their leader, Roosevelt, did not act on their advice nor in accordance with their wishes. For he knew that the ruler of Germany was hoping in his heart that people would indeed think in this way. And Roosevelt knew that the German believed that Japan’s power would cancel out the power of America, so that America’s hostility to Germany would not inflict on him any significant harm. And therefore Roosevelt did not heed the voices of those who said ’What does Europe matter to us?’ And he ordered the people of America to turn the full power of their armies against Germany and its associates first and to send the fleet against Japan. Now the power of America was greater than that of any other nation. And when the Americans saw that the Germans had not invaded Britain and that they had not defeated Russia in the first winter, the Americans decided to send unlimited arms to the enemies of Germany.

  7. Roosevelt conceived a major plan of action. When he saw that every coastline in Europe was in the hands of the ruler of Germany, he decided to send a large American strike force on thousands of ships to the West of North Africa and thus give America a foothold from which to penetrate into Europe from the South. He sent another powerful strike force to the British Isles which would serve as a foothold from which to penetrate into Europe from the North. One year after the United States of America entered the war, their troops landed in West North Africa and occupied the Western region of North Africa, which belonged to France.

  8. The German army drove the British army in Africa a long way back towards the East of North Africa. The British feared that their enemies would conquer Egypt and cut off the route to Asia for British ships. This route linked Britain to its colonies and to its other allies in Asia. And the Jews who were fighting with the British geared greatly lest the murderous German hordes cross from Egypt to Palestine.
    And then there came a turning point. A new general was appointed to command the British army. He demanded that his army be greatly strengthened. He demanded that the loss of prisoners and of weapons suffered in Libya be made good. He received new tank weaponry from America, more powerful than the German tanks which, until then, had been the most powerful of any used by the various armies. And, once it had received the new troops and new weaponry, the British army made an unexpected attack on the Germans and their Italian associates near the town of Alexandria, in Egypt. And the British defeated the Germans and their Italian associates completely at the village of El Alamein in Egypt. The German murderer was driven back and was kept away from the land of Palestine. And the German army was forced to retreat along the route it had taken in North Africa to reach Egypt. And the British army pursued the Germans along the length of the coast of North Africa to the country of Tunisia in mid North Africa.
    A few days after the British victory in Egypt, the American army and a further British strike force landed in the West of North Africa. The British were pursuing the German army from the East and the Americans together with the new British divisions came towards the German army from the West. And the German army was pressed from both sides in Tunisia. Encircled by these powerful strike forces, the entire German army in North Africa was forced to surrender. It was taken captive and all of its weaponry was seized.

  9. The German army had now been defeated three times, in Russia, in Egypt and in Tunisia and the man called Hitler began to realize that he had miscalculated when he turned away from England at a time when England had neither adequate armies nor air force. He began to realize that he had left intact in the British Isles the seed for total enmity against him. And he began to realize that he had greatly strengthened that seed when he invaded Russia. He now watched his enemies grow hugely all around him. Their numbers increased menacingly in North Africa and many thousands of Americans were assembling in Britain. In Russia, the Germans faced the Red Army, which was being equipped from ships arriving from America and Britain day and night. But even now he did not want to admit nor was he willing to see that he himself had brought about that which he had cunningly sought to avoid – Germany having to fight on every flank at the same time. He and the Germans took courage in the fact that he still ruled over the whole of Europe and that, as a result of the victories which his solders had gained earlier, his enemies’ troops were more than a thousand miles away from the frontiers of Germany. His power still stretched far and wide in every direction around Germany.

  10. Throughout all of the time that his hordes were fighting against their enemies, the ruler of Germany ensured that countless of his henchmen and their aides continued to herd together the Jews of Europe and cart them to the death camps. And, driven by his madness, the man called Hitler now began to have the Jews he had captured murdered systematically. However, his hordes had herded together such vast numbers of Jews from every area in Europe that to murder such huge numbers became an enormous labour of blood. For never before in the history of man were such great numbers of unarmed people to be massacred. And although there were many Jews who were old or sick and weak and who died while they were being herded together, yet there were a thousand times more of them who were strong and able to live, even under torture; to kill all of these was a hugely difficult task to undertake.