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The Soviet Union’s Marshall Georgy Zhukov was much celebrated in the Soviet Union and allegedly anti-Communist West. Victor Suvorov, the noted Soviet dissident, described the World War II leader as “the only general in world history honoured for losing 5 million men under his command.”

As an interesting aside it is since revealed that the battles this soldafon (Russian for loud-mouthed martinet) did win were entirely thanks to U.S aid.

Soviet Marshall Zhukov with leering General Eisenhower

There is another dirty secret the world doesn’t know about because Western media chooses to keep quiet about it. Marshall Zhukov deliberately discharged a nuclear bomb over his own troops and a defenseless Russian rural community as an experiment.

This heart-breaking self-inflicted catastrophe occurred during a Soviet military exercise held in 1954. It only came to light in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Western media journalists, during and after the Soviet era, kept quiet about the 20th Century’s worst single act of base treachery.

Merely for the purpose of studying the effects of a nuclear blast on civilians and ground forces, an explosive nuclear experiment was conducted at 09:53 hours on September 14, 1954. Under the direction of Marshall Zhukov, a Soviet bomber, flying at an altitude of 42,000 feet (13 kilometers), dropped a 40-kiloton nuclear bomb.

The device was timed to detonate at a height of 350 meters over 60,000 Red Army troops and an unknown number of civilians. The detonation’s explosive power combined that of wartime America’s atomic attacks on Japan’s predominantly Christian cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

At the time, the medical facilities in the Soviet Union had no means whatsoever of protecting and treating humans or livestock from the consequences of exposure to a nuclear blast. At the instant of the blast, Suvorov recounts, some 60,000 young men were rendered sterile; countless numbers suffered radiation sickness, bloody flux, leukaemia, and other debilitating and fatal diseases. The troops involved in the experiment were sworn to secrecy. Most were subsequently released from the army as unfit for military service.

The Soviet Union’s Marshall Zhukov chose as the site for the experiment the Totskoye test range. This locality is located in the Southern Urals Military District. An especially fertile agricultural area Totskoye is situated between the Volga River and the Urals on the Samara River.

The farming community who lived in the surrounding area were evacuated before the experiment. However, they were immediately obliged to return and continue their lives as before the explosion. The community suffered the same terrifying consequences as did the doomed 60,000 Soviet troops. Afterwards, Marshal Zhukov, the darling of the Western powers, was commended for his bold leadership. Some proposed he be awarded a fifth Hero of the Soviet Union medal.

Red bomb aftermath

A commemorative plaque has since been placed at the site of the tragedy. The inscription reads:

In September 1954, at the landfill site were conducted tactical training of troops led by Marshal Zhukov.’

Soviet Marshall Zhukov

On 17 September 1954, newspaper Pravda published a TASS report:

In accordance with the plans of scientific research and experimental work was tested one type of atomic weapons. The purpose of the tests was to study the action of an atomic explosion. When tested produced valuable results that will help Soviet scientists and engineers to successfully solve problems in the atomic attack protection. A post-test study was carried out in the winter 1954 and spring / summer 1955.

TASS merely claimed that the test was different from the previous tests. There was no media mention of those who were responsible for the initiative or charged with carrying it out.

Both appalling tragedies can be attributed to Marshall Georgy Zhukov. The warlord had returned to Moscow following Dictator Josef Stalin’s death. The Marshall, whose military blunders surpassed those of his wartime leader Winston Churchill friend, then held the post of First Deputy Minister of Defence of the USSR.

The task of the guinea pig military exercise was as follows: after the bomb exploded, some troops were to break through the ‘enemy defences’ whilst other troops were to defend themselves. On the Totskoye test range was built the imaginary enemy and the ‘Soviet defences’. The defending soldiers were supposed to be in trenches and ditches to assist in surviving a nuclear explosion. Advancing troops were ordered to pass through the explosion’s epicentre through the imaginary enemy defences.

The Russian military newspaper, Red Star on September 29, 1989, carried survivors’ accounts:

The earth rocked. There was a huge cloud, the size of half the sky. From below the cloud was pushed up by pluming scarlet flames; the clouds varied in colour. The heavens became crimson, bright or less so and all the time raged clouds of smoke. Clouds rose higher, dragging everything out of them, sucking dust from the ground and making pillars of all that was on the ground.

The whole area changed beyond recognition. The land was afterwards flat and strewn with stones as if ploughed. Everything seemed to be melting and in places smoking and emitting fumes; vegetation did not survive.

Measuring devices such as x-ray devices were broken. Military tanks melted and many had sunk into the ground. Other military vehicles had been pushed dozens of meters. They lay overturned with their caterpillar tracks up. There were many hillocks, but what objects were buried by the explosion it was impossible to guess at. Cloud cover shimmered as if it was unfolding from a huge bowl of boiling raging flame; it rose to the heavens. Weapons and guns had melted and would afterwards be sold as scrap.

The forest was turned into wood chips and small fragments. At a distance of 1,200 meters from the epicentre of the explosion was a well-protected stronghold company command point with a solid roof and powerful shelters for both weapons and personnel.

“This shelter survived but the shock wave destroyed partition walls, penetrated into the shelter’s compartments and scored interior surfaces as if by abrasive sand. There had been two horses tethered at the entrance to the building; both simply disappeared,” according to Gennady Ambrazevich (Independence. April 23, 1997).

Mikhail Arensburg described the commanders’ underground shelter: “They were very nice and like a subway station.”

Other reports (Red Star, July 9, 1992) recount how “at the time of the explosion the earth underfoot heaved. There was a clap of thunder, crackling, and in the sky a dazzling bright fiery mushroom.”

The (Russian) Literary Gazette, September 15, 1999, “It was so painful to look at the mad, blind and charred animals, scary to think of uprooted trees, disappeared oak grove, the ashes of several villages, the pitiful remnants of military equipment.”

“In the trenches and open areas can be seen the doomed cows, goats, sheep and other domestic animals. The eyes of many animals had exploded out of their heads; their hair showed evidence of having smouldered. Many animals were lying with terrible wounds,” according to The Independence (Russian), April 23, 1997.

The Red Star, July 19, 1996:

The soldiers who took part in the secret event and with them and the local people received a large dose of radiation exposure. Officers in the area witnessed that at the oak forest massif there remained only black ashes and charred stumps. All military equipment had either melted or been mangled.”

Red Star, July 9, 1992:

Trenches and shelters were gone. The top layer of the earth in many placed had moved. All land became equal. The sight was horrible.”

The oak forest had been planted by decree of Tsar Peter I. In the area had been thousands of mighty oaks of about 250 years of age. All had been destroyed.

Mikhail Arensburg was a junior sergeant of the Engineer Battalion and participated in these doomed experiments. The soldier was the only survivor of a squad that included 21 young soldiers and a sergeant. He says:

Although the explosion was above ground, and we were so far away, the earth under us moved like a sea wave. All our devices went off the scale and were rendered useless. We were ordered to go immediately to the epicentre of the explosion with our tanks and our soldiers shouting, ‘Hurrah, Hurrah!’

The experiment’s high officials departed immediately after the action. At the landfill site were lying around not only many dead cattle with severed limbs and charred sides, but also many dead people. It was reported that “sometimes during the pretend attacks, tanks run into tents occupied by our soldiers.”

Of course, these losses were concealed. I think that first of all the chiefs wanted to put the experience on humans and animals. I just realised that we were all in the role of the experimental rabbits.” (Magazine Hour, January 27, 2001).

Afterwards, Marshall Georgy Zhukov, who was unaffected by radiation, was promoted. Before the experiment, this darling of Western media journalists had slunk away to a concrete bunker situated far from the epicentre of the nuclear explosion. Zhukov later decided against visiting the region affected.

It is notable that this appalling act of treachery was widely publicised in the Russian Federation after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Western media and palace publishers remain tight-lipped. Once again we discover that Bolshevik Occupied Russia and the Capitalist West are just as Germany’s Adolf Hitler described, ‘they are two sides of the same coin’.  Source 1, Source 2.

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