Who Bore the Main Burdens of World War I?

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Nikolay Azarov

For the 100 anniversary of the end of World War I…

On November 10th-11th in France celebrations took place devoted to the 100th anniversary of the date of the end of World War I.

Why in France? Apparently because near Paris in Compiègne an Agreement that initiated the ceasefire was signed.

It’s not for nothing that I added a question mark. Actually Austria-Hungary was the first to declare war on July 28th 1914 against Serbia. Then on August 1st Germany declared war against Russia, and only on August 3rd did Germany declare war against France and Britain.

The French thought things over for more than a week, and only on August 11th, for some reason, did they declare war not against Germany, but against Austria-Hungary. America in general waited for a very long time and only when it became clear that the war was going to end, on January 6th 1917, did it declare war against Germany.

If to speak about the ratio of forces, back then Germany amassed an army numbering 3.8 million people. The French – about the same. But Russia was forced to resist not only Germany, but also the army of Austria-Hungary numbering 2.3 million people, and therefore the army of Russia totalled 5.4 million people, which was more than the French and English army by almost 1 million people.

So there is a question: where did the main weight of military operations take place? On the Western or on the Eastern front?

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Western historians very much like to talk about a so-called “Miracle on the Marne” – the Verdun battle, and practically say nothing about the “Battle of Galicia”, the “Brusilov offensive”, or about the participation of the Russian Expeditionary Force at the Western front. Russia’s withdrawal from the war under the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk gave Western powers the chance to in general ignore the legitimate interests of Russia, which took upon itself the main burdens of the standoff with Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire.

The celebrations started by Paris gave Macron a reason to once again announce the Russian threat. He forgot that if Russia hadn’t held back the most part of the German and Austrian troops on the frontline, then not only would no victories of France exist, but also the tragedy of 1870 would’ve been repeated, only on a much larger scale.

The defeat of France was inevitable. The great President of France de Gaulle knew this very well, but modern French politicians do not remember or do not know about it.
But we remember it and we will not forget.

P.S. Information just arrived about Macron calling A.F. Petain a great soldier. This is the same Petain who was sentenced to death for cooperating with Hitler. Like in Ukraine, where Bandera is a hero.

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