US Army soldiers pace the streets of Vladivostok
Exactly 100 years ago - in April 1920, an event happened, let's say, not too widely covered in Russian historiography. The last American invaders have been removed from our land. Yes, yes - it is the occupiers and the Americans.
Today, as never before, it is perhaps important to fill the gap that exists in the knowledge of many compatriots regarding the shocking details of the events that took place then. The crimes committed on the territory of Russia by those who have been trying for centuries to present themselves as its “benefactors” are so terrible that they cannot have a “statute of limitations”, and the motives and intentions that underlie their aggressive plans, alas, remain relevant and this day.
“Russia is gone and never will be!”
Why is so little written and written about the cruelties and terror that were committed in Russia in 1918-1920 by illegally invading warriors on its territory under a star-striped flag? To find the answer to this question, you must first recall political conjuncture of various periods of the existence of the USSR and the subsequent time. At the time of Comrade Stalin, remembering the United States their war crimes was somehow not at hand - at first during the period of industrialization, when the Americans, albeit forced (the Great Depression forced), helped the Soviet Union create the necessary industrial facilities for it. Not disinterestedly, in any case, but for very substantial amounts in gold and hard currency, but they helped. Then Joseph Vissarionovich began, as usual, to become impudent, the Yankees from the country quickly put up, but then the Great Patriotic War began. The anti-Hitler coalition, the Lend-Lease (on which the United States, again, profited from the bottom of their hearts), the "second front" ... In a word, the "allies" are almost brothers in arms. Presumably, in the mid-50s, when Joseph Vissarionovich finally understood the true aspirations and plans for the USSR, Washington and London, after which he set out to deal with them "in full", the Anglo-Saxons would recall that distant intervention. However, Stalin was brought to light, and Khrushchev, who replaced him, was, contrary to many of his own declarations, an Americanophile much cleaner than Gorbachev. In subsequent years, including even the Cold War, the topic also somehow didn’t come up much - there were plenty of reasons for swearing without it. Well, even in the crazy and cursed times of the "perestroika", just like right after it, stuttering about something like that at all became fraught. Anyone who dares to question the righteousness of the “great and infallible USA” and the sincerity of their love for our country, not to blather about some kind of “crimes” of their citizens against Russians, would be devoured alive: “I swung at the sacred, you bastard! "
What is surprising if to this day there are holy fools in our Fatherland who continue to idiot about the fact that “without the help of Lend-Lease, we would not have won the Great Patriotic War in life” and repeat such nonsense. What can I say if even among the rare publications on the events of 1918-1920 that are found literally now on Russian resources, there are those whose authors undertake to claim that the Americans raging in Siberia "used force exclusively for self-defense and putting things in order." Well, we will remember this egregious nonsense, and somewhat below we will consider more than concrete examples of this very "self-defense". In the meantime, let's talk about how, why and why the Americans ended up on Russian soil with weapons in their hands a century ago. As you know, the official reason for the foreign invasion was proclaimed the conclusion by Soviet Russia of the Brest Peace with Germany and its withdrawal from the First World War. This is all, of course, a lie, and the most unscrupulous thing is to divide our land into "spheres of influence", and, in fact, "cut" the real occupation zones, the "allies" from the Entente began in December 1917 years at a meeting on relevant issues in Paris. At the same time, the United States, as usual, hypocritically declaring its own “neutrality in the Russian question”, built more than concrete plans. The most frank of all, perhaps, was the representative from the state of Washington, Miles Poindexter, who said about them in the US Senate, who stated that “Russia has turned from the state into a geographical concept and will never be anything else. The Russians, as a united nation, no longer exist! ” His colleague, Senator Sherman, openly offered to think about what benefits Siberia could provide for “great America,” with its “mineral wealth, fat pastures, and wheat fields.”
Support democracy and rob at the same time
It has long been known - if the US army has stumbled on any pretext somewhere - whether it was “establishing democracy,” “supporting the Allies,” “securing peace,” or any other tuneful lie, it actually came to ensure the most shameless and a desperate robbery imaginable. In Washington, they initially aimed at the innumerable riches of Russian Siberia and the Far East, considering that the British were busy with the sheer icy hell of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, and we would take better. In any case, it was precisely at this time that the US ambassador to Russia, David Francis, called for precisely such a “section of the pie”. No, the Yankees also sent their soldiers to Arkhangelsk, just in case — the Polar Bear Expeditionary Force, numbering 5 and a half thousand people, formed from members of the 339th Infantry Regiment. Bears from the Americans turned out, frankly, to be useless - out of about a hundred invaders who did not survive a trip to the Russian North, most of them were bent from frosts and sores, and only a smaller part - from the bullets of local partisans. In American Troy in Michigan, to this day there is a pompous monument to these bastards in the form of, again, not involved in any occupation of a white bear. However, as already mentioned, the main forces of the US Army (about 10 thousand people, there are fewer American soldiers in Afghanistan) landed at the opposite end of our land as part of the Siberia Expeditionary Force. They were commanded by a whole General William Graves. The composition of the occupation gang was quite serious: the 27th and 31st infantry regiments of the US Army, soldiers from the 13th and 62nd regiments, a military hospital, units of engineering troops and communications units. Moreover, the Americans did not come to an empty place, but to prepared and created positions ahead of time.
The following paragraph is especially recommended for thoughtful reading to gentlemen who like to twist about the fact that the Bolsheviks, they say, "squandered and destroyed Russia," and the "democratic forces" they overthrew, which mean the Provisional Government and the nimbly "heroes of the White Movement," our Fatherland wanted to save and save. So - such extremely interesting offices as the Russian Railway Service and the Russian Railway Service Corps, whose sole purpose was to establish complete control over the Trans-Siberian Railway, were created by the United States with the lively participation, support and assistance of both times of "temporary" scoundrels and personally their leader Kerensky. If we take into account that the US State Department was planning a total robbery of the occupied region (it was planned to export at least 200 thousand tons of various cargoes from a quarter!), Then this step seems quite logical and well thought out. No, Mr. Woodrow Wilson, who was the host of the White House at that time, assured with the most honest air that the American guys in the Far East and Siberia would "help promote democracy and ensure the self-determination of these regions." Well, yes - in addition to “protect the investments of the United States”, but gentlemen, the right, real trifles ... It is clear what specific “trifles” were discussed, judging from the volumes of impudently stolen goods in Russia that the Yankees did take out of the country. The main objects of “export”, of course, were gold, furs, ore, forests. However, the occupiers did not disdain and everything else - only one of the American companies that connected to the robbery sent tens of thousands of cattle and sheep skin from Vladivostok, and tens of tons of wool. The government of Admiral Kolchak (whom some blessed ones are now trying to classify as “Russian rescuers”) in exchange for credit lines from City Bank and other financial institutions of the USA, which are vital for him to “fight Bolshevism”, granted the occupiers complete freedom of “entrepreneurial activity” »In the territory controlled by him. That is - it created the most favored nation treatment for the plunder of Russian wealth.
"Fun of the American Savages"
The definition I made in the headline is not “red propaganda” at all, but the headline of a newspaper (never a Bolshevik one) that appeared in Vladivostok when the US military contingent was there. I’ll make a reservation — at that moment, most of the region’s publications were secretly or explicitly financed by the main competitors of the Americans - the Japanese, who intended to settle in the Far East in earnest and for a long time. By virtue of this, the "free press" just "drenched" the Yankees with all care. However, citing completely genuine facts. How would it be milder to characterize the behavior of American warriors on Russian soil? To hell with political correctness! They behaved there as complete and completely finished cattle. Messages about it - the mass. That brave American guys, after filling their eyes to a pigskin state, break into a local coffee house and, ineptly trying to swear in Russian, disperse everyone, because they wanted to roll a little game on billiards without a society of "dirty natives." Then they crouch into a certain cultural center, where at first they simply dance in dance with all the females, and then, during the performance that begins, they sit down “in an American way”, placing their own paws in boots on the backs of chairs in front of the sitting ones. At the same time, they loudly declare to the entire audience that they "spit on everything Russian, on stupid local customs and laws," after which they completely make a brawl with massacre. However, these are not the most egregious examples. Those same Americans, riding in a cab (drunk to smithereens, as usual) had fun, clinging to passers-by. Having found themselves in trouble nearby, several deputies of the City Duma dared to make a remark to them and demand to stop the disgrace. Enraged Yankees immediately, at gunpoint, beat them half to death. The Americans also list the long list of the most heinous criminal activity - robberies, robberies, rapes and murders in the same Vladivostok, Khabarovsk and other places. Local residents quickly learned - their patrols on the street are better off not getting caught, neither in the daytime, nor even in the dark.
I completely intentionally began this part of the story with a story about what the US military did in the places where the “citizens of free Russia” that they “protected” lived. Going on to the story of what they did during regular punitive raids against the “red bandits”, I recommend it exclusively to readers with fairly strong nerves. It is clear that invaders, invaders, aggressors never in history have behaved with the population of conquered (as they believed) territories neither culturally, nor correctly, nor in compliance with any laws. Always and everywhere they did violence, evil and cruelty. However, there are limits beyond which, even in the actions of soldiers who have come to a foreign land, absolutely terrible horror and savagery begin. So - Americans have surpassed all conceivable and unthinkable limits many times. The peasants, suspected of "complicity with the partisans," they did not just shoot or hang (although they did it, and on a massive scale), but more often they killed it in unthinkable sadistic ways. The villagers Gonevchuk, Gorshkov, Oparin, Murashko were buried alive in the ground. A more detailed description of the atrocities of Americans is simply unacceptable for moral and ethical reasons. Myasnikov was dealt with by the partisan, having quartered him. Often the settlements in which the "partisans" seemed to be the Americans, they simply surrounded and began to shoot from all trunks, and then they set fire to it exactly as the Nazis and their minions Khatyn subsequently set fire to. So it was with the village of Little Cape, the villages of Kharitonovka, Knevichi, Krolevets and many others. I won’t even write about what these nonhumans did with local women - everyone can google, preferably on an empty stomach. By the way, the Internet is full and quite high-quality images on this subject. The American "civilizers" simply adored taking pictures against the backdrop of their own victims - executed, hanged, tortured Russian people. In the same way as their Hitler "colleagues" did twenty years later. They were no different from the Nazi executioners, absolutely nothing ...
But the Yankees, unlike the Germans, did not know how to fight at all - even with the somewhat armed and untrained local partisans. The relatively small combat losses of the expeditionary force (of the order of two hundred people) are solely due to the fact that the American army all driven to the Far East avoided collisions with a real enemy in the most diligent manner, preferring to scoff at the civilian population. According to historians, in battles even with small partisan detachments, as a rule, they were beaten in the most disgraceful way. The most interesting thing is that such savage tactics just gave rise to a powerful guerrilla movement in those parts, which in the end was brave of all the invaders and their puppets. The Siberians and the inhabitants of the Far East, who initially perceived Soviet power, very mildly speaking, without any enthusiasm, became enraged and began to clatter how much in vain both the Americans, and the Japanese, and the Belochekhs, and Kolchakites. And it’s not at all for the sake of the ideas of the “world proletarian revolution”, and therefore, how horny they are worse than the bitter radish and human blood shed without measure. By the end of 1919, the Yankees realized it was time to take their legs off before they killed everyone. In April 1920, the last ship under a star-striped flag, stuffed with rapists, executioners and looters, set sail from the Russian coast.
Any attempt (and they have been and are being undertaken periodically to this day) to obscure, shut up these events, and even more so - to find some kind of "explanation" or "justification" for them, is nothing more than a crime against the historical memory of the Russian people. And also - mockery of the victims of this aggression, one of those that were committed and are being performed today under a star-striped flag. Americans never fought with Russia? Didn’t they kill Russians, didn’t burn Russian houses, didn’t trample Russian fields? All this is a blatant lie. And it is aimed solely at making possible the repetition of the nightmare we remembered today of a hundred years ago.