On this day in 1945 Germany surrendered to the Red Army. This came four years after invading the Soviet Union, which lost 27 million people, resisting, then defeating this genocidal invasion.
Before the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, a handful of European empires ruled the world, and the only post-colonial nations were in Latin America, but after the Soviet victory over fascism, these empires across Asia & Africa crumbled, because they could no longer resist the rising tide of national liberation that rose up against them, often with the assistance of Soviet weapons and economic aid.
Fascism was an alliance of second generation industrial powers, outside the Anglo-settler empire, that wanted enslaved colonies of their own. Germany wanted to enslave the USSR just as Britain had done to India, or to quote Hitler directly, “what India was for England, the territories of Russia will be for us”. Had they achieved their objectives, the division of the world into coloniser and colonised nations would have deepened further.
For two-thirds of the world’s population who prior to WW2 lived as the slaves of various empires, that was the consequential significance of the struggle against fascism, not the liberal fantasy that dominates western political culture today, which serves only to justify, post-war U.S. “humanitarian” invasions of post-colonial nations on the grounds that their leaders are ‘like Hitler’, and to justify the existence of ‘Israel’.