March 5 was the 70th anniversary of a most important speech.
At the end of the Second World War, it is accepted that much of the western populace regarded the Soviet Union as a close ally, given their role in crushing Nazi Germany. But to those who knew the real picture behind the scenes, the view was somewhat grim. ‘Liberation’ and ‘victory’ were quickly replaced with scenes of famine, food and fuel shortages, illness, genocide and tyranny to name a few.
In the days just after the Nazi surrender Winston Churchill was moved to warn President Truman, a year before he famously used the metaphor, that an ‘iron curtain was drawing upon Europe. The seeds for this warning were arranged at Yalta, in February 1945, where the division of Europe was sealed and that of the postwar fate of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Convoys of tanks carried Soviet agents into Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary and Romania was not liked…
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