Friday, February 25, 2011

Capitulation Never!

The Austrian Parliament in April 1945, immediately after the conclusion of The Battle Of Vienna, at which time Vienna became a Russian-occupied city.

The fate of Austria had not been decided at any of the wartime conferences involving Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, so Stalin took it upon himself to capture and occupy Vienna before any other power might do so. Indeed, The Russian Army was prepared to advance upon Berlin no later than February 1, but Stalin delayed the Russian march toward Berlin by a full two months in order to assure that the prize of Vienna first became his.

The Russians were to continue to occupy Vienna until 1955.

The posters proclaim "The Bolsheviks: Capitulation Never!" and "The Anglo/Americans: Capitulation Never!".

Things did not quite work out that way.