Thousands of memoirs have been published in the Soviet Union about the Great Patriotic War. However, nothing other than the official Soviet History was published until after Stalin's death. Was Stalin afraid of criticism? Lack of preparedness? Humilitating defeats of the Glorious Red Army (pre-war Soviet films convinced the average Soviet citizen that the war would be over in months with the Red Army entering Berlin). Stalin's ignoring of intelligence that divulged the German intent to attack and even the date of the attack? Even after Stalin's death when a lot of memoirs were being written and released, they were all subjected to the heavy hand of Soviet censorship/propaganda.