I have no idea why Mr Wear deems fit to post a review of a film very few people have actually seen. The film “Mission to Moscow” was simply one of many propaganda films coming out of Hollywood in the Second World War. Like most propaganda films of the time, they are viewed very differently by viewers in the 21st Century.
The film was poor, even by Hollywood standards. It flopped in the cinema and even the Soviets treated it as a joke. In this respect, I agree with Mr Wear. The film deserves a thorough:
Except that Mr Wear cannot help adding his own little touches, most of which have already been debunked on this blog. Let’s take a look at them.
The movie chronicles the experiences of the second American ambassador to the Soviet Union and was made in response to a request by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
This is a myth and was nothing more than a rumour based on hearsay. Jack Warner stated in front of The Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 that no government request had ever been made; that the film had been requested by Ambassador Davies himself and not the President.
For a more full understanding of the film and the context in which it was made, see here:
A Great Historic Mistake: The Making of “Mission to Moscow” by Ronald Radosh and Allis Radosh
A free download is available at JSTOR.
What does the movie Mission to Moscow get wrong?
Actually quite a lot. However, Mr Wear likes to mix in some of his own conspiracy bunkum.
The truth is that Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union prevented Stalin from conquering all of Europe.
Not at all. Stalin had no ambition to invade the rest of western Europe at the time. That is also a myth. For a through debunking of this myth see here:
The truth is that President Roosevelt did not want peace. Roosevelt had always wanted war and did everything in his power to bring about war.
Roosevelt did not want to go to war. He did not relish war. War against a regime like the National Socialists was a necessity. Only neo Nazis and Nazi apologists think otherwise.
In this report, Davies complained of the gigantic Soviet expenditures for defense, totaling approximately 25% of the Soviet Union’s total income in 1937. Davies reported that Stalin, in a letter to Pravda on February 14, 1938, had confirmed his intention to spread Communism around the world.
…a build up in response to the massive German build up of arms. Stalin by that time had no intention to “spread Communism around the world”. His only concern was to protect the USSR from perceived foreign interference.
Stalin concluded in his letter, “I wish very much…that there were no longer on earth such unpleasant things as a capitalist environment, the danger of a military attack, the danger of the restoration of capitalism, and so on.”
Which backs up my previous point. Stalin was concerned about outside influences on the Soviet Union and the Revolution which had been achieved in 1917.
…nothing Mr Wear writes. Try a real history book on the subject:
“Grand Delusion: Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia” by Gabriel Gorodetsky.