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Good evening I'm Oliver North welcome to war stories this is Fort Wainwright and Fairbanks Alaska.
Britain will work through this base and called Ladd field was part of a secret operation aimed not at Tokyo but -- From 1942 to 45 and this very act.
Hundreds of US military aircraft.
Well from the lower 48 by Americans.
Deliberate Soviet pilots all part of a global multi billion dollar effort that had one goal.
Keeping Russia in the war against.
The Soviet Union was unlikely ally -- -- once described Russia as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
-- Britain's standing alone against Nazi Germany in Europe Churchill and Roosevelt reluctantly agreed to deal with a brutal Soviet dictator -- style.
Tonight you'll hear from American pilots who flew the treacherous -- that this -- made an American hero what was the right arm.
And Russians who defended their homeland against one dictator a living under the iron fist of another.
That's the untold history of Americans and Russians and the Titanic struggle.
Of World War II it.
Berlin may 1945.
The German capital lay in ruins Soviet red army soldiers celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany.
And together the victorious allied generals Eisenhower.
And the Soviets so called toward the destroyed center of peppers vanquished Third -- the Nazis began the -- bombing of cities.
-- lies beneath it but victory for this alliance wasn't always certain.
If I could find another good hole.
Five years earlier Hitler was at the height of his power.
After the success of its blitzkrieg against Poland in 1939.
Hitler turned the very -- against France Holland and Belgium.
The -- ruled the European continent what they have done -- integrated better.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Between the current crisis which.
-- David -- is the author of numerous books in the Soviet German front during World War II.
Hitler tried to bring Britain to its knees but prime minister Winston Churchill held tough.
-- who fight in the field.
And in the street.
Because elevenths -- and a.
15100 miles away and an -- Joseph Stalin waited for Hitler to invade his country described for us the relationship.
That the Soviets had -- -- fascists in Germany -- understood.
All over Alter -- it was driven by -- com published in 1927 -- -- when we speak of new territory we must think of Russian.
Destiny itself points the way there.
While -- -- his Soviet invasion Stalin was forming a holder around his own personality thought was hurt.
Spectators are her and -- allows overtures -- To surface in the nation -- -- match.
Born to a -- and 1879.
-- initially trained to be an orthodox priest.
But at age twenty he joined that then illegal Communist Party and changed his last name just -- Meaning man of steel.
Winds are Nikolay and his family was slaughtered during the 1917.
October revolution Vladimir Lenin took control of Russian.
After his death in 1924 -- -- began his -- rise to power by means of a reign of terror.
Forced the starvation of seven million ukrainians and four years later begin a series of ruthless purges -- He would kill millions and oversee the creation of The -- logged a slave labor camps throughout Russia.
We didn't know very much -- the truth about what's happening in the country.
-- Rubin who was born in 1920 just after the revolution and grew up in Moscow it was a very quiet city very sad that you would see.
Passing along mostly.
They were horses riding -- -- -- boat ads was.
Want to puts it -- loved.
Her childhood friend -- bully him Angela.
She's you know about this -- she spoke so many foreign languages we were all impressed by there I also -- -- strange.
I wouldn't -- American school for instance of a treaty we have had one win another three languages.
Her skills would put her in the center of history.
Two other young Russians would have their childhoods cut short by war Nikolay -- of -- from Leningrad.
700 miles south -- -- global lived in the bread basket of the southern step.
But it just just solution Saddam -- -- I was fifteen years old my friends that I played hooky and -- on the streets we had a great time in your little ski schools.
I was studying literature in school my grandfather -- in Moscow and I plan on going there -- a teacher who.
But Joseph Stalin was destroying lives in Russia long before -- he continues to -- off.
A bloodletting designed to rid.
The military at all potential issues -- execution of his own army officers made it was planned to expand east even easier and like others before him -- and tried to negotiate with Hitler.
-- -- -- -- -- Agreement with -- to create it.
Hope for option scholarship point attempt currently inevitable.
It took less than two years for -- to break the agreement.
Early in the morning of June 22 1941.
The Nazi war machine launched operation.
-- -- Invasion of the Soviet Union.
Three million German soldiers supported by 12100 Luftwaffe bombers and 400 didn't -- Launched a surprise attack it's good.
Just to -- miles from the front line.
-- -- a rude awakening.
In the morning.
All of a sudden people started -- around it in that neighborhood with his thinking I was in town and suddenly I heard an announcement we've heard it.
The radio as saying that the Germans have invaded the Soviet Union.
-- About it it would be loud speakers throughout the city and people would question that may signal.
-- that god didn't -- were devastated.
And didn't want to Barbara was in the red army lost 12100 planes and one week.
Less than a tenth of their tanks remain during the first thirty days -- come back somewhere in the neighborhood of million.
-- original orders falling to a short order capture.
Huge message but in the vast Soviet countryside among -- 190 million people style and had no shortage of conscripts to -- Called to duty.
The lady's case -- their husbands and sons and fathers goodbye it was a very good poll included in the music.
And it is course -- -- I'm not which is sacred war if he gave that fail whale.
Which has to come where you'll put the must -- I left Moscow was stationed with the troops defending the city that wasn't only men were called -- minister.
The army asked for thirty girls from my town to become radio operators I immediately sign.
In the first five months of the war six million people were mobilized -- debt to music and speaking about the sacred war.
We thought at first that we would did win -- But it -- three months.
The German very marked encircled Leningrad and two months later.
The German generals could see the spires of the Moscow Kremlin through their binoculars.
Across the Atlantic forced to abide by the neutrality act the US wasn't in the war.
But we were sending tons of supplies to a beleaguered great -- Now joined in the fight against Hitler by an even more desperate -- talent what is church officers it's -- bunch -- real question.
Leading a nation that is under.
Sheen he was always anti Communist.
But he said that that -- -- due to be an ally weathered the demon as long as we fight the Germans continue.
Like I'll read them but -- And get every advantage.
Of them aren't they really gave them a big and bad news -- that.
We have no idea they did -- take us.
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