Disinfo: The dominant interpretation of the Normandy landings an outright lie


The annual commemoration of the Allied landings in Normandy is a classic example of hybrid warfare in the form of historical revisionism. The landings in Normandy in 1944 were a military operation by the British Empire, supported by the American expeditionary force. The idea that the defeat of Nazi Germany began with Normandy is an utter lie. Moreover, the French people did not welcome their liberators. In reality, it is clear that the liberation of Europe did not start with the Normandy landings as the course of the war was already clear after the huge tank battle at Kursk between the Germans and the Russians in 1943.


A disinformation narrative that presents a distorted version of the history of the Normandy landings that began on 6 June 1944. This case is part of a wider and systematic campaign of historical revisionism, particularly of the Second World War, by pro-Kremlin media.

The history of who defeated Nazi-Germany is not like a 'beauty-contest'. It was a joint effort and no serious voice diminishes the contribution by the Soviet Union.

In the same context, both the battles of Kursk in 1943 and that of Normandy in 1944 were key to the defeat of Nazi Germany. Records show that a few months after the battle of Kursk, at the Tehran Conference, Stalin stated that the USSR would not have been able to fight off Germany without the Land Lease Act enacted by the US in 1941. His successor, Nikita Khrushchev, was of the same opinion. Through the Land Lease Act, the US provided the USSR with the contemporary equivalent of $180 billion, hundreds of thousands of military and logistical vehicles, such as trucks, airplanes and tanks, and millions of tons of important resources, including food, petrol, clothing material and other resources. US military, economic and manufacturing capabilities were also instrumental to the success of the Normandy landings, which were conducted under a fully bi-national Anglo-American chain of command.

It is not true that French civilians did not welcome the forces of the Western Allies in 1944. Importantly, a French division, armed with American equipment, partook in the operation to liberate France that began with the Normandy landings. As American and French troops entered Paris in August 1944, they were met with exuberant celebrations by French civilians. As one eye witness account records: “Men and women cried with joy. They grabbed the arms and hands of soldiers and cheered until their voices were hoarse.”

Similar cases of historical revisionism in our database include the claims that the British are not happy with the outcome of WW2, because they planned to profit from Russian territories, that Western democracies are primarily responsible for the Second World War, that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact did not pave the way for the outbreak of the Second World War, and that only the activeness of Jews in America prevents the European Parliament from blaming Jews for WW2.


  • Reported in: Issue 249
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/06/2021
  • Article language(s) Bulgarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, US, UK, France
  • Keywords: World War 2, Historical revisionism, Military, Hybrid war
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