(One of a series of posts about the life of Winston S. Churchill.)
Readers Note: May 1 was and remains a holiday observed in Europe by decent people in many countries there. They wish no more than a day of rest and relaxation; a "workers' holiday."
But May 1 was also the official holiday of the Bolsheviks and Soviets; the day they celebrated their destructive ideology and displayed their military might. There are still millions of unrepentant communists in Europe (they now call themselves "socialists") who long for the old Red May Day parades and the return of the Soviets.
The Churchill Series today “observes” Red May Day with a repost that appeared in January 2006.
In September 1919, British troops, along with those of other nations, were fighting in Russia. They were attempting to help the Czar armies (The Whites) defeat the Bolshevik armies (The Reds) led by Lenin and Trotsky.
Many in Britain opposed using troops in Russia and demanded they be brought home. They said British troops were fighting the Czar's battle.
Churchill response to those people contained both analysis and prophesy
"It is a delusion to suppose that all this year we have been fighting the battles of the anti-Bolshevik Russians. On the contrary, they have been fighting ours; and this truth will become painfully apparent from the moment that they are exterminated and the Bolshevik armies are supreme over the whole vast territories of the Russian Empire."________________________________________________
Quote cited in Finest Hour's (Summer, 2003) review of David Carlton's "Churchill and the Soviet Union." (Here and scroll down)