If Berlin and Rome hoped to split Russia from the U.S. and Britain (see above), they chose the wrong week in Britain. Unprecedented, nationwide celebrations hailed the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Red Army.
King George VI announced that a sword of honor was being struck for presentation to the "warrior city" of Stalingrad as a "token of the admiration not only of the British people but of the whole civilized world."
From Joseph Stalin came a message:
". . . This demonstration of the friendly feelings on the part of the British people for the army of the Soviet people strengthens...