General Vlasov

Discussion in 'The Eastern Front' started by Thomas McCall, May 19, 2004.

  1. tovarisch

    tovarisch Discharged

    Were Vlasovґs actions a reaction against Stalinґs mob, or can they be interpreted as against Mother Russia?

    Given the nature of the war in the East, an extermination struggle, the line between both becomes a little blurred.

    Well, I think that his actions were a little too late to be anti-Stalinist, don't you think? He'd already been integrated into the Soviet war machine at the start of the war, and proved himself worthy in the defense of Moscow, he was already fighting for Stalin for some time, and had picked up some awards as well. Personally, I don't see any cause for Vlasov to have a grudge against Stalin, well, maybe, if he was thinking about the repressions of the 1930's as a whole, but not many people chose to bring that theme up, let alone create an opposition.
    Vlasov broke under pressure when he was held captive, he was probably tortured by the Germans as well, in their attempts to get valuable information. Then, all of a sudden, his anti-bolshevist views and beliefs sprang up and he began an organised resistance with the backing of the Germans. Hitler was reluctant to give Vlasov the power to create his RLA (Russian Liberation Army), and the fact that a non-Arian army was in his ranks, soldiers that had been killing Wehrmacht troops a while ago, were now on his side, contributed as well. It was a huge risk for Hitler, and I can see why : they turned their backs on the SU once, they could turn their backs again on the German Army. (Which is what they eventually did, well, Vlasov anyway) Once a traitor, always a traitor.
    He switched sides twice.
    Who mainly joined Vlasov's army ? I had once read it had a large amount of cosacks, yet i also came across came across some info that a large contingent were non slavic ethnicities such as Chechens, Dagestanis, Turkmens, tatars etc etc

    Ex-Red Army soldiers that deserted (which were of all nationalities, it's the Soviet Army after all, Chechens, Russians, Ukrainians, Georgians, Ingushs, Dagestanis, Bashkirs, various Siberian nationalities, Belorussians...everybody), captured Red Army soldiers, and SU emigrants from the time of the civil war (1920s). So...yeah. :)

    And here's the leaflet that Vlasov wrote, just for fun.

    I know it's all in Russian :) But it's an interesting artefact really. Thousands of these were dropped from planes onto Soviet lines with the goal of demoralisation, along with other Nazi anti-bolshevist and anti-Soviet leaflets.

    Here's a Soviet poster depicting the process :)
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