July 27, 1943 - Hitler and the Nazis were moving towards Moscow. To motivate the Soviet troops and citizens, dictator Joseph Stalin issues Order No. 227 which became known as One Step Backward.
“Panic makers and cowards must be liquidated on the spot. Not one step backward without orders from higher headquarters! Commanders…who abandon a position without an order from higher headquarters are traitors to the Motherland.”
LIQUIDATED on the spot. No Cowards.
No wonder the United States was so worried about the USSR until the Miracle on Ice, the Reds were absolutely insane. I think this is life advice I learned from my grandpa, or maybe an episode of Hey, Arnold - never get into a fight with a crazy person. They have nothing to lose.
Many question whether this hardo decree from Stalin was needed, the people were already fighting for their farms and families. (You know, everything they have.) A ripple effect from this order was the lasting negative perception it cast on all of the USSR for years to come.
Two years after Order No. 227, thanks to a never back down mentality, and a cold winter - The Allies declared victory over the Germans May of 1945 and the Japanese August of 1945.
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