History 02/01/20 What good did General Vlasov to the betrayal
it So happened that the figure of General Vlasov incredibly complicated the work of Soviet historians. In the Soviet Union was made of Vlasov mention only as the traitor, not to mention any other facts of his biography. Especially those where he seemed to somehow positively. But even in the Soviet Union, where it was easy to cut out any information from any historical work, and no one would have dared to ask questions, it was not easy.
In the disaster of Soviet historians, General Vlasov, to his betrayal, was in command positions in such transactions, information about you just cut was problematic. And if the Soviet Union could hide mention the largest-ever tank battle at Dubno, with the defense of Kiev, which was led by Vlasov, was more difficult.
Well, in the Battle for Moscow, Vlasov was on quite uncomfortable for the authors of historical works, post.
True, and then found a cunning way out. Had invented the theory that in the period of the onset of Moscow Vlasov was ill and did not participate in the leadership of the troops. In the book “the Moscow direction”, written by Leonid Sandalwood, who was then chief of staff of the 20th army, is a fictional episode of conversations with Marshal Shaposhnikov. Where Boris allegedly said that the 20th army has no commander. And then it looks as if the army was led by Sandalov, and Vlasov appeared there only after the end of the main phase of the fighting. With this version some repeat now.
the Modern author, Alexey Isaev, in his article, “Commanded Li A. A. Vlasov, the 20th army in December 1941?”, leads irrefutable documentary evidence that the commander of the 20th army during the battle of Moscow was at his post and directed the troops.
On why the Soviet newspaper called gof General Vlasov “Savior of Moscow” can be understood by examining the course of the fighting, the 20th army, which he led.
it is Very interesting to use for this book, written by a group of authors, called “the battle of Moscow in the chronicle of facts and events”. Although this work was published in 2004, but it was written in the spirit of Soviet historiography, the authors are not archival documents, and memoirs and memories. In particular, it is mentioned that major-General A. A. Vlasov for the first time since the formation arrived at the command post of the 20th army of the 19th of December and said that “she was feeling better and after a day or two will take control of the army in my hands.” The authors refer to the memoirs of L. M. Sandalov, which are mentioned above.
the 20th army was formed (the second time) on 30 November 1941, the commander of the army appointed major-General A. A. Vlasov. By the way, according to A. Isaeva, the chief of staff of the army, Colonel L. M. Sandalov, arrived at the headquarters when Vlasov’s been there all led.
the 3rd of December 20th the army was at the front and launched an attack on Quebec. The fact that the army was advancing should not surprise anyone. During that part of the battle for Moscow, which is called defensive, the troops of the red Army were mainly offensive.
during the fighting, 3 December, the Germans lost only in the band of 20-th army 18 tanks, 8 armored vehicles, 6 guns and over 1 thousand soldiers and officers. The actions of Vlasov’s army stopped the advance of German units just 32 km from the Kremlin.
After that, the four army of the Western front on 6 December starts the Klin-Solnechnogorsk operation. 20 army led offensive in Solnechnogorsk, which was taken the 12th of December. 20th Dec was taken Volokolamsk. Acting on this stretch of 2nd Panzer division the Germans, suffering heavy losses, was forced to begin a withdrawal, leaving their last tanks on the battlefield.
24 January 1942, commander of the 20th army, was awarded the “Red ZnAMA” and derivative of Lieutenant General.
It is about the success of the 20-th army and its commander of Soviet Newspapers during that period wrote the most. And mentioned not only the successes in the offensive, but the fact that the army stopped the Germans on the approaches to Moscow. In consequence, all these copies of Newspapers from the libraries was withdrawn, and preserved only in the archives. There were instances where the pages of the surviving Newspapers were replaced by new ones. The Soviet period of history of our country in such action was not unusual.
all told, there is nothing surprising if at the same time General Vlasov could be called the “Savior of Moscow”. It was his army essentially stopped the Germans on the near outskirts, and she’s been at the forefront of the offensive.
In any case, the role of General Vlasov during the Battle of Moscow is very high, although this is difficult to accept, given his subsequent betrayal.
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