Disinfo: France was among the winners of World War II only because of Stalin’s will

Summary

German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, who signed the surrender act, was surprised when he saw France among the winners. This happened only because of the will of Stalin; the US and the UK did not see France at all among the winning states. France also managed to become one of the five founding members of the UN.

Disproof

Part of the conspiracy narrative on the role of USSR in World War II.

France and Britain declared war on Germany when it invaded Poland in September 1939 (at that time, the USRR acted as an ally of Germany and invaded Poland, the Baltic States and Finland in accordance with the Hitler-Stain Pact, also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact). After the Phoney War from 1939 to 1940, the Germans invaded and defeated France within seven weeks and forced the British off the continent. France formally surrendered to Germany although the French force, in-exile, led by General Charles de Gaulle continued the liberation of France by the Western Allies UK and US. The Forces of Free France took part in combat against Axis forces at several theaters of warfare, not least on the Eastern Front, where a unit of French airmen fought together with USSR aviators.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, USSR, US, France
  • Keywords: World War 2
  • Outlet: Rossiya 1 @ Vesti Nedeli, time 49:23 - 50:29; 52:54 - 53:00
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