The Truth About The Second World War – Book Review

Review of "The Truth About The Second World War" by Viktor Surovov (A former Soviet army intelligence officer) (available from as a Kindle ebook price £2.25 at Available as an online text document free of charge (so no illustrations) at

Reviewer's note: The book being reviewed here is dangerous to the Western liberal elite. This may be why it is very difficult to find on Amazon, even by inserting the author's name and the title of the book into the search box. It's marginally easier on Google, though it has to compete against a bunch of irrelevant results. That level of difficulty in locating a book on Amazon is almost certainly unparalleled. A similar book by the same author (Icebreaker: Who Started the Second World War? - is available only as a hardback book and is out of print, second hand copies being available from the above link from £112.58 - hardly the conditions to enable its content to be widely available.

All racial nationalists know the “inside scoop” on the Second World War and we should be more or less immune to the simplistic propaganda that passes for the official history of it. We know a lot of the shenanigans that went on in getting the war started and then blaming Germany for it, but nearly all of our material has hitherto come from a handful of alternative historians in the West who are able and prepared to stand up to the intellectual bullying, threats and blackmail inflicted by the liberal Establishment upon those who step out of line.

Understandably, the focus of nearly all such histories has been on how the war started and progressed in Western Europe and the Far East – the theatres of war in which Britain and the US were primarily involved.

But in 1990 Viktor Surovov, a former Soviet army intelligence officer, published this book in the West (he had defected to the West in 1978 and has lived in England ever since). It is now available as a Kindle book.

The Truth About The Second World War

“The Truth About The Second World War” sets out in great detail what happened behind the scenes in Eastern Europe, especially inside the Soviet Union, in the years leading up to the commencement of hostilities between Germany and the USSR. As you will see in a short while, this has lessons for British Nationalists in the twenty-first century as we face a powerful, stealthy foe determined to obliterate the White race and all independent nations from the face of the earth.

Perhaps I should issue a health warning to any liberal, Establishment historians who might be reading this. Be prepared to have the whole basis of your beliefs about the Second World War completely destroyed.

It is, for example, part of the Establishment fairy story that in 1941 Hitler turned upon the Soviet Union without cause and caught Stalin completely unprepared for war. This helps strengthen the fiction that Hitler was simply a madman, a megalomaniac who wanted to “conquer the world”, and needlessly caused a war in which millions died.

Stalin, on the other hand, was a peace-loving statesman who, once the heroic Red Army had recovered from its initial losses, rallied his countrymen and emerged victorious after four years of bitter fighting.

To be fair, his plight did come to be so great that the Allies had to organise at huge cost in money and men the Arctic Convoys that supplied the Red Army with badly needed weapons and munitions. But that was in no way because the Soviet Union was poorly armed or unprepared for war in 1941.

Soviet Union Geared For Attack But Not Defence

Quoting numerous works, both from official Soviet government publications and histories and from individual former Red Army and NKVD officers and politicians, Surovov completely destroys all aspects of this nonsense as systematically as a marksman taking down ducks in a shooting gallery. He shows us how the Soviet Union was unprepared for a defensive war in 1941, but was highly geared up for an offensive war that was probably scheduled to commence two weeks to the day after Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa.

He challenges all our thinking about the Second World War – even the date when it was supposed to have started. He takes us right back to the early days of communism, when Marx and Engels were first setting out how the capitalist governments of the world should be overthrown. Getting those imperialist nations involved in a great, debilitating war was of great importance to the world revolutionary cause. Such a war would exhaust the imperialist countries and render their proletariat populations sympathetic to the idea of a communist revolution.

Later came Lenin, who in 1914 thought the war then just started could be transmuted into a world civil war and that world revolution would follow. He later modified this ambitious plan to focus on revolution in just one country, for the time being, to provide a base from which to ferment revolution in other countries, or alternatively to attack them directly with armed force.

The chaos and infrastructure collapse that took place in Russia as a result of the Great War allowed the Bolsheviks, organised along military lines, to seize power, but similar attempts elsewhere, in Bavaria, Bremen, Slovakia and Hungary failed. Lenin couldn’t help his comrades there until he had secured his own base in Russia, and by then it was too late.

“Second Great War” Planned By Lenin

It was then that Lenin and his comrades in the Kremlin decided that a second great war was necessary in order to bring every other European country to its knees and pave the way for revolution.

This can all be verified. The documents are available to any historian who wants proof. When the USSR was formed in 1921, the Declaration accompanying it stated that its principal objective was to destroy and subjugate all other states in the world. In other words, it came into being with a declaration of war against all other countries.

Stalin – The Absolute Dictator

One of the most interesting features of this book is what the author has to say about Stalin. Surovov describes how Stalin started as just one of the key Bolsheviks that seized power in 1917, but then patiently and systematically worked his way up to absolute power.

Lenin was in ill health soon after the revolution, and Stalin made himself Lenin’s gatekeeper, so if anyone wanted to see Lenin it had to be through Stalin. Once Lenin was dead, anyone who showed signs of being a potential leader of the Communist Party was demoted by Stalin, sidelined and eventually arrested and judicially murdered.

He assiduously avoided the possibility of being held responsible for anything that might go wrong by placing a comrade at the nominal head of the project. For example, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. As its name implies, Molotov was the comrade who would take responsibility in case the pact proved a mistake. But Stalin himself would take the credit if all went well. After all, he was the boss of the Communist Party.

Just by being General Secretary, Stalin made himself absolute dictator of the Soviet Union. Other people had their posts and sounded very important, but Stalin simply made the party supreme, and above the state, and that put him in turn above everyone else.

The “Five-Year Plans”

We all know about Stalin’s “Five-Year Plans”. Establishment historians speak of them in knowledgeable terms, but do they realise that these plans were geared to making the Soviet Union a highly militarised country with the largest and best equipped army in the world by far? It seems not.

The first Five-Year Plan started in 1927, at which point the Red Army had just 92 tanks. At the end of it that number had increased to over 4,000 (more than any Western country had in 1939). But the main thrust in both the first and the second Five-Year Plans was in building an industrial base for the manufacture of armaments and munitions. During that period of 1927 to 1937 nearly 25,000 military aircraft were produced.

At the same time Stalin was engaging in his own capitalist enterprises. He was looting all the nation’s works of art and other treasures, appropriating all its natural wealth, and confiscating huge amounts of the nation’s grain (under the guise of “collectivisation”) to sell on the world’s markets to raise capital to finance these “Plans”.

It didn’t matter to him that millions of Russia’s workers and peasants, including young children, were thereby starving to death. He sold 5 million tons of grain a year in this way (if it had been reduced to 4 million most of the starvation could have been avoided, according to Surovov, but hey, what’s 20 million peasants when you can have the most heavily armed and best equipped and trained armed forces on earth?)

Bolshevik Plan Boosts Germany and Weakens Britain and France

And all the while the armed forces and war capabilities of the Soviet Union were becoming stronger and stronger, the leftist-controlled western European countries, still in shock from the horrors of the Great War, were busily engaged in disarmament.

From the early 1920s Stalin helped build Germany’s army, by organising military training for the German military on Soviet soil, in contravention of the 1919 Versailles Treaty. Meanwhile, his fellow reds in Western Europe worked to make their own countries weaker. This would facilitate an eventual protracted war between two roughly equal sides.

The third “Five-Year Plan” was due to complete in 1942. This was the year in which Stalin, in accordance with the plan expounded by Lenin, intended to attack Germany and conquer all of Europe. The third Plan was all about turning out military products of high quality and in enormous quantities.

So by the end of the 1930s Stalin was able to view with grim satisfaction the gathering war clouds over western Europe. He knew that he could wait on the sidelines for two or three years, and then, when the combatant nations were exhausted, with their infrastructure all but destroyed, make a surprise attack with his massive Red Army. Within months he could incorporate all of Europe into the USSR.

Soviet Plan To Conquer All of Europe

According to the author, Stalin welcomed the rise of Hitler and his Nazi Party in Germany. As early as 1927 he stated repeatedly that a “second imperialist war” was unavoidable, as was the Soviet Union’s entry into it. He identified Hitler as being just the person who could act as “icebreaker”, in fermenting that war.

Surovov maintains that, in secret, Stalin did all he could to support the Nazis in their quest for power, and when they did come to power in 1933 he did all he could to push them towards war with the West. When that war started, he ordered communists living in democratic countries to become pacifists and encourage capitulation to the Nazis. All so he could eventually use his Red Army to “liberate” Europe. A simple but brilliant plan.

This is Surovov’s argument, and it is highly convincing. He tells in great detail how throughout the 1920s and 1930s the Soviet Union was made into a gigantic military machine, and how extensive defensive works were built in the western part of the country. Stalin was paranoid, and spent millions on “defence”. In 1933 the Soviet Union was producing tanks with a top speed of 100 kilometres per hour. Even fifty years later this would have been an impressive speed for a tank.

The trouble was that it would have been impossible to use these tanks on Soviet territory. They were designed for speed, for moving along a network of roads, which the Soviet Union sorely lacked. Lets see, now. Who among the Soviet Union’s near neighbours had a good system of roads? Ah, yes! Germany, of course!

They were aggressor tanks, with disposable heavy caterpillar tracks (useful for when crossing Poland on the way to invading Germany) which could then be discarded for wheels, on which to move fast on German auto-bahns. Other tanks were actually “flying tanks”, which were fitted with glider wings so they could land straight onto the German auto-bahn network and race ahead in a surprise attack.

Soviet fighter aircraft were also the best in the world. But here the trouble was that its pilots were not trained to fight defensive air battles – only to strike at ground targets, as you do when attacking an unprepared foe.

Soviet Military Machine

Industrial production was mainly geared to the manufacture of weapons and munitions. The whole railway system was subjugated to the needs of the Red Army, which in that time, with the NKVD, became by far the biggest army in the world.

It was not just the military capabilities of the Red Army and NKVD that were built to such an excessive capacity. Thousands and thousands of administrators were indoctrinated into Marxist methods and trained. These would be needed to control and secure freshly-occupied territories. A command-structure was created and refined, so that rules and decisions could be rapidly relayed down the line, from the Kremlin to the most remote locality in Western Europe.

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact Starts The Second World War

In line with his secret plan (known only to himself and his co-conspirators in the Kremlin and the Red Army/NKVD), Stalin waited patiently for Hitler to get embroiled in a war with the West. He lit the touch-paper by authorising the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on 23rd August 1939. This was just four days after a secret session of the Politburo heard Stalin announce that he intended to attack Germany in the summer of 1942, after all the combatants in the coming war had exhausted themselves.

In the event, German Intelligence learnt of Stalin’s intentions and his Politburo speech. When a bogged-down war in western Europe failed to materialise and it became clear that Hitler was not planning to attempt an invasion of Britain, Stalin was forced to bring the proposed invasion of Germany forward by a year.

We can now see what an invidious position Hitler was in. He had a well-armed aggressor nation not so far away, on the same land mass, waiting for an opportune moment to strike him in the back while his strength and resources were directed elsewhere. And he was completely dependent for his oil supply on the Romanian oil fields, which the Red Army could reach and destroy within a few days, on Stalin’s order.

A War on Two Fronts

Hitler did his utmost to avoid having to fight a war or two fronts, but Stalin’s actions made it unavoidable. Germany’s occupation of western Poland triggered the outbreak of war in Europe. Had Stalin occupied eastern Poland at the same time, as he was obliged to do under the terms of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, then it would have been impossible for British Prime Minister Chamberlain to declare war on Germany without also declaring war on the Soviet Union. But that wasn’t part of the grand plan at all.

So Stalin’s Red Army blasted its way into eastern Poland, with massive loss of life, about two weeks later. But Britain and France (and their mass media) were only concerned about getting the war against Germany started, and paid little attention to Poland’s fate after that.

One thing not covered by Surovov is the question of what Hitler must have done once he had learned of Stalin’s intention to attack. This was the time when Hitler was, once again, making peace overtures to Britain. He must have given the information gathered by his Intelligence Chiefs to the British, to strengthen his case for Britain to see sense and agree at least a temporary cease fire.

Churchill, on a massive ego trip, knew all about the intentions of the Bolsheviks, having written a knowledgeable article about the communist conspiracy for the Illustrated Sunday Herald in January 1920, yet he chose to ignore all this and continue with the insane war against Germany. Well, when you’re in hock to the tune of £300,000 in 1930s money to one of the global elite’s pals, you can’t always do what’s right, even if you are Prime Minister with unprecedented wartime powers.

His early wartime letters to Stalin are revealed. Embarrassingly, and addressing him as “Your Excellency”, he pleaded with the red dictator to attack Germany because Hitler was moving three divisions up to near the Soviet border. Unsurprisingly, Stalin, with 120 divisions at his disposal, took no notice, knowing that Churchill was more interested in saving his own neck than that of the Soviet Union.

Stalin Prepares For Attack

But I’m getting ahead of myself. The key message in this book is that Stalin manipulated the Western (imperialist) powers into war so that he could later on enter that war and conquer all of Europe. But it all went wrong for him. All he ended up with was half of Europe and a bit of Asia. So what happened?

He’d played his cards right up until 1940. As soon as Hitler’s spring offensive in the west was underway, Stalin ordered all of the substantial defensive works in the western part of the Soviet Union to be dismantled. He geared the Soviet Union up for a massive attack on Germany, and these preparations took a year to complete. In fact they never were quite completed.

Stalin was so inept that he let all the advantages he had in that unique situation slip through his fingers. He ignored warnings from his Intelligence Service that the Germans were preparing for their own assault on the Soviet Union. If he had been one of his own subordinates then he would have been liquidated in true Stalinist fashion.

Hitler’s Spanner in the Works

It was all Hitler’s fault, of course. He out-manoeuvred Stalin and beat him to the punch. By launching Operation Barbarossa on 22nd June 1941 he frustrated Stalin’s plans to launch his own surprise attack on Germany scheduled for just two weeks later.

Because his whole military machine was geared up for an offensive war against Germany, Stalin was caught completely on the wrong foot. It never occurred to him that he might have to fight a defensive war. Hundreds of thousands of the Red Army were killed or taken prisoner, and huge amounts of arms and munitions were destroyed or seized by the Wehrmacht in the first few, wildly successful, days of Operation Barbarossa.

Later in the book, Surovov touches on what might have happened had the Germans not made their surprise attack on 22nd June 1941. Undoubtedly Stalin would have launched his army westwards and eventually all the countries of Europe would have been attacked and absorbed into the USSR, in accordance with Lenin’s original plan. And well before 1945.

Would Britain have faced a Soviet invasion? Perhaps the English Channel and the Royal Navy would have saved us, or at least allowed us time to organise resistance, this time against the genuine foe. Who knows?

Was The Soviet Union Any Worse Than The US Is Today?

This book, and Surovov’s other books on the same subject, throw a completely new light on the history of the Second World War, and should be read by all patriots in European countries. Thanks to Surovov, we know a great deal more about Stalin and the Soviet Union, and their roles in starting the Second World War. But will there be future historians to inform our grandchildren of the crimes of Western governments and leaders in our own times?

And “crimes” is not too strong a word to use. How many wars have the United States and Israel been involved in since 1948? These two countries are the most aggressive, warlike countries ever to have existed. Yet the Western media spins them as champions of “democracy” that only wage wars against “terrorists” and in any event for the benefit of all of us who live in the west.

How many innocent civilians, including women and children, the elderly and the hospitalised, have been killed by the armed might of these two countries? How many people have been crippled for life or deformed or inflicted with horrific burns?

How long will the US get away with its CIA-run “Foundation for Democracy” organisations that routinely overthrow governments (e.g. that of the Ukraine in 2014), provoke wars and arm terrorist organisations whilst at the same time pretending to fight those terrorists?

How long will Israel get away with deliberately killing unarmed Palestinians, especially children? How long will it be free to use phosphorous bombs on Palestinian civilians trapped in Gaza, in what is in effect the world’s largest ever concentration camp?

The US Government and its agencies commit as many atrocities and outrages as Hitler and Stalin ever committed, but because they claim to be doing it to “defend democracy” then it’s all right. Will there be another Surovov to expose to a world-wide audience what is really going on, but this time in the White House and the Middle East? Will our grandchildren have the information they will need to perceive who are the real villains and the real bad guys? Let’s hope so.

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