Stalin’s famous speech in Moscow, while the Nazi Orcs were only 6 miles outside the city limits. Most people don’t know this, but the Orcs nearly overran the capital of the USSR! Rightwingers talk about this nowadays as an example of “Stalin’s failure.” Why no talk of the failure of the Poles, French, Norwegians, Dutch, Danes, Belgians, Finns, Greeks or Yugoslavs? Rightwingers are such shits.
This is rare footage. What’s interesting is his composure. After the Orcs first invaded, they made some very significant gains. The Red Army retreated, generally tactically, often destroying everything behind it so the Orcs could not use it. Stalin sunk into a deep depression, and retreated to his dacha in the countryside, giving over command decisions to his generals. In his dacha, he was silent and terribly depression, almost mute. He would sit in his chair and not speak for hours on end. This depressive phase lasted for a few weeks before he came out of it.
Very large numbers of Soviet citizens went over to the enemy. In Stalingrad alone there were 50,000 who went over to the other side. When they were captured, traitors were often executed. What else were the Soviets supposed to do? Your country gets invaded by a foreign power, you are fending off the enemy, the enemy has captured territory, but some citizens are going over to the enemy? You need to kill them.
It’s interesting how calm Stalin is in this speech. He also has a rather soft or even high-pitched voice, which is also interesting.