L. A. D. Dellin
More than fifteen years have elapsed since Soviet troops and a communist-inspired coup d'état decided the fate of Bulgaria, against its people's will, for an indefinite time. The "Bulgarian case" is one of the many examples of the wartime illusions of the Western allies, and particularly of the United States, as to Soviet intentions, and is a consequence of power-political realities in the area at that time. Yet it seems to add to the contrast between the Western confusion and bona fide attitude toward the Soviet ally, on the one hand, and the Soviet determination to grasp any opportunity to achieve premeditated goals, on the other.1
Thus, while the democratic and pro-Western Bulgarian coalition government was desperately seeking an armistice with the Western allies and, on the morning of September 5, 1944, broke off diplomatic relations with and prepared to declare war on Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, whose troops had finally reached the Bulgarian border, retorted with a declaration of war on Bulgaria, disregarded the offer for an immediate armistice and ordered its troops to march in. Not even the Western allies were previously informed about the Soviet action.
This was not a liberation from either foreign or domestic oppression,____________________