And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
It was once a Prussian city, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1255. Even though the capital was moved to Berlin in 1701, it continued to be where Prussian kings were crowned. In 1945, the Soviets expelled all Germans that hadn't fled before the advancing Red Army. Many died. Stalin moved in Russians, so now there's this isolated enclave of Russians on the southern Baltic coast.ReplyDelete
It may be 'isolated' but it's a forward base to keep an eye on the 'goings-on(NATO) in the Baltic.Delete
Not just to watch. It's an advance base and almost certainly has IRBMs based there.Delete
It’s also Russia’s only warm water port on the Baltic and that’s the main reason. Stalin wanted to keep Danzig but had to settle.Delete