Churchill's Deception: The Dark Secret That Destroyed Nazi Germany by Louis C. Kilzer

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

This a great book for history buffs and World War II aficionados. The author, Louis C. Kilzer, a respected journalist who has twice earned a Pulitzer Prize, has written an intriguing book. I must respectfully disagree with the unfavorable Amazon book reviews that have been posted so far in this forum, and so I am adding my contrarian view's nickel's worth. This book reads like a suspense, historic novel, fast-paced and well written. The facts in the narrative are substantiated by carefully selected letters, interviews on file, intelligence intercepts, top secret documents, including the Black Bertha files of the KGB released in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This is the story of how British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (photo, left) with the assistance of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) conceived of a deception strategy to encourage Hitler to turn his war machine on Soviet Russia to save England from the German onslaught. Perhaps the facts have not been incorporated in the official history books to save the British government from possible embarrassment; but it should not. Churchill had to do what he did to put the safety of the British Empire and its citizens above all else.

Churchill had read and studied Mein Kampf and knew to some degree how the mind of the Fuhrer worked. Hitler had an obsession with preservation of the British Empire and Nordic solidarity between the two countries, England and Germany. Churchill knew this and also understood that Hitler's main objective was to invade and conquer the east and establish hegemony over Central and Eastern Europe. Hitler also detested Stalin and Bolshevism. He also wanted lebensraum (living space for the German Volk) in the east, Poland, the Ukraine, White Russia, etc.

After the Anschluss with Austria, the seizure of the Sudetenland and then the rest of Czechoslovakia, and finally the blitzkrieg and partition of Poland--- France and England, distrusted the Fuhrer and were committed to war with Germany. The Phony War was a period of overt inactivity but covert negotiations and peace feelers but they led nowhere.

After Hitler's Western conquests---i.e., Denmark, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands and France--- he wanted to make peace with England, so he could turn his attention to the conquest of the east, particularly, the Ukraine and the Caucasus, where he needed the Soviet oil fields to run his Panzers. But Churchill refused to make peace openly. Instead Churchill created a fake, unofficial, and secretive "Peace Party," which included the Duke of Windsor and the Duke of Hamilton, and with the connivance of the British SIS finally lured Rudolf Hess, Hitler's trusted Deputy Fuhrer, to come to Scotland to negotiate an Anglo-German peace.

Hess' secretive solo flight was to end with his landing at the Duke of Hamilton's estate at Dungavel House. In other words, this was a planned mission authorized secretly by Adolf Hitler and manipulated by the SIS. Churchill wanted to hedge his bets and encourage Hitler and the Wehrmacht to turn eastward and abandoned the Battle of Britain. In fact, the day that Hess parachuted in Scotland, May 10, 1941 was also the deadliest for England, as Reichsmarshall Herman Goering unleashed his Luftwaffe with a vengeance to force England to reach an understanding with Hess while he was in England and before Germany launched her Operation Barbarossa, an invasion that began like thunder barely six weeks later.

Kilzer intimates that later, while England waited for the outcome of Operation Barbarossa, the German Invasion of the Soviet Union of June 22, 1941, Hitler became convinced that his western flank was protected and that an understanding had been reached between his captive Deputy Fuhrer Hess and the British "Peace Party," the fake front organization which was in fact orchestrated by Churchill.

According to Kilzer, when Joseph Stalin found out about this Hess Affair "deception" a year and a half later in October 1942, it marked the beginning of the cold war. I disagree with this assessment. With all that we now know of Stalin's personality and his reign of terror, mass murders, the revelations of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, government-contrived famines, purges, repressions, and hatred for the West, the cold war would have happened, as in fact it happened, even before World War II was over, regardless of the Hess Affair. We do know this from the nest of spies that Stalin was already employing against his Western "allies," even before the Hess Affair.

I also disagree with Kilzer that had Churchill made peace with Hitler, the 50 million lives of World War II, including 6 million Jews, could have been saved. Had an Anglo-German understanding been reached in 1941, perhaps all of the conquered territories of Western Europe may have regained their freedom (Hitler was prepared to so, if only England would have signed a peace treaty and given him a free hand in the east and the continent). England would have also preserved herself, but that was it. Hitler would have proceeded with Operation Barbarossa and the conquest of the East, as he had planned, along with the extermination of the Jews, even with more confidence, as he had pledged himself to do in Mein Kampf. England has nothing to fear from the truth; after all, at the time of Operation Barbarossa, it was not England but Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia were the allies, the mutually-stabbing partners, signatories of the shameful 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Non-Aggression Pact, in which they dismembered the Baltic states and Poland. Great Britain has nothing to fear from the revelation of this deception and Winston Churchill's legacy is secured! With these caveats, this fascinating book is highly recommended.

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. is the author of Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002).

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Churchill & FDR vs. Hitler and Stalin

Publicus (Amazon, July 20, 2016): Both Britain & France had been bled white, in terms of crippled & dead men, money, war debt, lost resources, destruction in France, etc, by WWI. Neither was in a position to fight another war with Germany. But FDR talked Britain & France into declaring war on Germany, which they foolishly did. They declared war on Germany in order to honor their reckless pledge to defend Poland, which neither had the ability nor the inclination to do. After Britain & France declared war on Germany following its invasion of part of Poland (contemporaneous with the Soviets' invasion of Poland), neither Britain nor France lifted a finger to help Poland.

Member of Parliament Robert J. G. Boothby described Britain's pledge to defend Poland "the maddest single action this country has ever taken." Lloyd George (former British Prime Minister) said of the hare-brained pledge: "If the British army general staff approved this, they ought to be confined to a lunatic asylum." Famous British historian Liddell Hart agreed, saying: The Polish guarantee was "foolish, futile, & provocative... an ill-conceived gesture that placed Britain's destiny in the hands of Polish leaders, men of dubious & unstable judgment. The action makes war inevitable." Italian historian Luigi Villari described the Polish guarantee as, "one of the worst diplomatic moves ever made." Half a century later, Sir Roy Denman said the Polish guarantee placed the decision of war or peace in Europe in the hands of a rash military dictatorship in Poland that Britain had no real interest in defending. Denman felt the reckless guarantee dragged Britain into an unnecessary war, which nearly bankrupt it & caused it the loss of its empire.

FDR had promised Britain & France that America would immediately come to their assistance & that Germany would get smashed again just like it had gotten smashed after America joined the fray in WW1. But FDR underestimated America's unwillingness to get involved in yet another European war. And he underestimated Hitler's resolve not to respond to America's bellicose antagonisms aimed at getting Germany to fight back.

Once Britain got involved in a war it couldn't win on its own, it was desperate for America to follow through on its pledge. Read Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt, by James P. Duffy for brief descriptions of how the British Secret Service set up operations here in America in an effort to sway American public opinion in favor of America's entry into the War. And read Stalin & Roosevelt, by Robert A. Nisbet for how FDR abused Britain & humiliated Churchill time & time again during the War.

After Britain declared war on Germany, FDR had Churchill in the palm of his hand, because both men knew that Britain was beholden to America for its salvation. And slowly Churchill came to the realization that Britain had been tricked into folly.

Death of Churchill!

January 29, 2015

The Final Days of Winston Churchill
By Pat Horan

Possessing an almost superhuman energy, Sir Winston Churchill attempted to remain in public life until the very end. While he had spent his entire life battling political obstacles and depression and eventually triumphing over these challenges, by the 1960s, his indefatigable character had begun to give way to physical and mental deterioration.
Although the Conservatives increased their numbers in the 1959 election, Churchill’s majority fell precipitously. A series of strokes and a bad fall in 1962 crippled him, and he was unable to attend the 1963 White House ceremony making him an honorary citizen of the United States. He suffered a final stroke in January 1965.

At age 90, Churchill died on Jan. 24, 1965, 70 years to the day of his father’s death. According to historian Paul Johnson, his last words were: “I am bored with it all,” but then added, “The journey has been enjoyable and well-worth making – once!"

Six days after his death, the world watched the funeral service of Britain’s most legendary prime minister. By order of Queen Elizabeth II, his body lay in state for three days in Westminster Abbey before his funeral. He was the first commoner since William Gladstone to have a lying-in-state, but, only the Duke of Wellington’s funeral compared in terms of magnificence. Approximately, 300,000 people would line up to view the coffin of the man who saved Europe.

The funeral service was held at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Millions of Britons and people across Europe watched on television. The Royal Artillery fired the traditional 19-gun salute for a head of government, and the Royal Air Force fighters flew overhead. In a rare act, the Queen herself attended (Queen Victoria did not attend the funerals of Wellington and Gladstone). Five other monarchs, 15 heads of state, and representatives from over 100 countries, including former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, were present. 

Irish President Eamon de Valera declined to attend, and while he supposedly sent a personal note to Lady Churchill, he released a statement, “Sir Winston Churchill was a great Englishman, but we in Ireland had to regard him over a long period as a dangerous adversary." As an American of Irish descent, who understands that Churchill was no saint toward the people of the Emerald Isle, de Valera’s act was nevertheless no source of pride for me, especially as he shamefully offered kinder words following the death of Adolf Hitler.

After the funeral, Churchill’s body was taken on a launch (a small survey ship) called the Havengore on the Thames River to Waterloo Station. From there, his body traveled by train to his final resting place in Bladon, a small village northwest of Oxford. The yard of Saint Martin’s Church houses the graves of members of the aristocratic Spencer-Churchill family. The British Bulldog lies with his wife, parents, children, and ancestors.

Pat Horan is a research associate at RealClearPolitics and a contributor at RealClearHistory. He is a recent graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

Explaining away evil!

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

How apologists try to explain away evil!

Vladimir (August 22, 2009): ...Russian historians tend to look at what came before... 1938 Munich agreement, under which Britain and France sanctioned the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. Well, isn't it logical? Why is Czechoslovakia less important than Poland? Britain and France signed their deal with Hitler first, Soviet Union didn't have a choice in the face of aggression but to sign a similar pact to delay nazi attack on Russia.

Brazilian Man: Differently from the Moscow Stalinist regime, UK and France hadn’t gain any additional square inch of territory to their empires. And when Daladier and Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler and Mussolini, Nazi political forces has practically taken German-speaking areas of Czech lands already, in similar way of aggressive takeover that happened in the Free City of Danzig. For Munich to be equal with the Soviet-Nazi Pact, Britain had to incorporate the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia to the British Empire and France had to annex Slovakia as a kind of “eastern Algeria.” And France and the UK had to provide raw material commercial privileges to the Soviet Union the same way that Nazi Germany did. And finally, we should remember that the Munich Agreement lasted less than one year, and the Nazi-Soviet two long years, with its territorial consequences lasting until today.

Vladimir: Brazilian Man, the Munich pact was designed to maneuver Hitler into attacking the Soviet Union. Instead of building an anti-Nazi alliance with Russia, Britain and France signed a deal with Hitler - they did it first. Also, please remember it was the Soviet people who defeated the Nazis. Be grateful for their sacrifice.

Michael Averko: The extent of the British Empire elsewhere more than made up for that island nation not taking land for itself in the British government supported Munich appeasement, which served to encourage the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany, Hungary and Poland. Better late than never, Robert Coalson is providing a view that has been downplayed in English language mass media's overall coverage of the recent OSCE statement denouncing Molotov-Ribbentrop (M-R) without reference to the Munich appeasement. When it comes to column space, blocks out a good number of folks, who've been clear in expressing this point (as well as some others) from the get go. Unlike the Munich appeasement, influenced change in boundaries, the borders influenced by M-R (at least some of them) exist today because the USSR was a major player on the winning WW II side — whereas Nazi Germany was the major party of the losing side. There is another factor at play on this issue. Anti-Soviet Lithuanians and Galician Ukrainians have their own reasons for supporting the M-R influenced border changes. Vilnius went from Poland to Lithuania with Galicia, Bukovina and Trans-Carpathia becoming part of the Ukrainian Belorussians USSR, whose territory is now recognized as an independent state.

Brazilian Man: Many people speak here as if Stalin’s Communist regime cared for human life and/or liberty. No, it did not. Stalin and Hitler had a common cause in opposing the UK, France and the United States: both of them despised democracy, human rights, freedom of speech and true capitalism. The USSR did not annex eastern Poland to “protect Ukrainians, Belorussians and Lithuanians from the Polish yoke” — the same USSR killed millions of Ukrainians by hunger some years before and didn’t care a dime for them — but to expand the territories under Kremlin’s control further to the west of Europe. When USSR attacked neutral, democratic Finland its intention was to annex the entire country to the Soviet Union, but due to the better-prepared, better equipped and better-adapted Finnish Army, Stalin just took Karelia in 1940 and Petsamo in 1945.

Vladimir: More Russophobic drivel. As if the West ever cared for human life! Dresden bombings, Hiroshima, Korea, Vietnam, Kosovo, Iraq etc. Being 'democratic' doesn't make you moral and humanistic. The USSR cared about their own people by trying to protect them from Western aggression. The West would've bombed and killed Russian and Ukrainian people if it wasn't for the Red Army.

Our judgement: No Russophobic drivel! Brazilian Man is correct. Vladimir is explaining away evil, justifying it on non-existent conspiracy and casuistry — MAF

From "Molotov-Ribbentrop— The Night Stalin And Hitler Redrew The Map of Europe."

Iron curtain

Today in History: March 5, 1946
Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Churchill declared: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."