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Old June 11th, 2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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"Stalin" "Black myth" of the security officers: NKVD troops in World War II

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but so-called "destroyer battalions" of the NKVD DID exist and by Stalin;s express command, were empowered to execute not just "deserters" but "panic mongers" "cowards"( the US Army executed only ONE soldier for desertion during WWII- Private Eddie Slovik, see Wikipedia bio entry) "malingerers" and of course "anti-Soviet elements". Although fairness compels me to concede that several NKVD regiments served bravely and honorably throughout the "Great Patriotic War" ( as WWII is traditionally known in Russia),alongside their Red Army confreres, they, military counterintelligence( SMERSH-"Smert Shpionam- death to spies!" popularized in the novels of the late ian Fleming) and the politruks(political officers) were widely despised and loathed by the Soviet military. SMERSH arrested the late Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in the closing days of WWII for making disrespectful allusions to Stalin in a letter to a fellow Army officer, for example!

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