No 14 wrote:Aside from his military successes is there any particular evidence to suggest that Zhukov was a potential Bonapartist?
No 14 wrote:I wonder why something more wasn't made of the suggestion that Stalin had a hand in the death of Lenin.
If you're going to make up stuff then why not?
I'm not sure about Zhukov, but he certainly had plenty of enemies willing to make that assertion. Funnily enough, Khrushchev used Zhukov to get rid of "English spy" Beria, and Zhukov also participated in the denouncement of Stalin, but after that, he was forced into retirement himself. Later on, Brezhnev would trot him out from time to time, but didn't give him any prominent positions.
The thing about "Stalin killing Lenin" was made up by Trotsky if I'm not mistaken. Khrushchev certainly tried most anything that stuck against Stalin, but regurgitating all of Trotsky's claims would have been a bridge too far. In general, the speech doesn't really criticise Soviet ideology, nor things like the industrialisation. It was very much aimed at Stalin personally, the practice of killing opponents as "enemies of the people", Stalin's conduct during the war, and the "cult the individual".
Stalin was a great military commander indeed, and in 1918, 2 decades before WW2, he won one of the deciseve battles of civil war in Russia hich is called "Tsaritsyn Defense".
From what I've seen, what most Westerners know about the Eastern Front was most likely shaped by movies and other pieces of fiction like Enemy at the Gates (Politruks shooting retreating soldiers, soldiers going without rifles, etc).
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