Panem et circensesI will never credit Soviet Union with any form of strategy during the initial phase of the operation babarossa. Stalin was as megalomaniacal as Hitler was. Soviet was at lost to find suitable type of defence for the oncoming German juggernaut.
German assault was delayed for several months which gave the Soviets some time to prepare a defense around Moscow. If Moscow was lost. Then the war for the East would have surely be won by Germans.
I think the most basic reason was pre emption. Germans knew that Stalin only bid time to revoke the pact. They needed a buffer before that catastrophe.Panem et circenses
In a political context, the phrase means to generate public approval, not by excellence in public service or public policy, but by diversion, distraction or by satisfying the most immediate or base requirements of a populace — by offering a palliative: for example food (bread) or entertainment (circuses).
Sometimes one thinks:
Soviet Union (and like France) by the 1968s had a UNSC and Nuclear Weapon ability.
What Vyacheslav Molotov did by moving the Soviet Union away from German in 1941 ... was strategic (?) and perhaps not fully understood by Stalin ... ? Was he the reason? Did he truly know what he was doing?
Did Hitler know what he was doing?
In hindsight what the Soviet Union did was significant.
Can one say what the Soviety Union did in 1988-1990 was significant.
"Moved to (a) better position"?
But how ------- it was not easy. Tough?
After signing the Anglo–Soviet Treaty of 1942 on 26 May, Molotov left for Washington, D.C., in the United States. Molotov met with Franklin D. Roosevelt, the President of the United States, and ratified a Lend-Lease Treaty between the USSR and the US. Both the British and the United States government, albeit vaguely, promised to open up a second front against Germany. On his flight back to the USSR his plane was attacked by German fighters, and then later by Soviet fighters.
A bit like 1988 - 1990s the strategic decisions are not really understood until one sees them from far away and when one looks closer they see (the most dynamic is that there is someone that was ... there is a thread always) ... the Soviet Union being Communist -- today they are Russia. Before Stalin they were ...
At the end of 1989, two years before the final collapse of the Soviet Union, the Congress of People's Deputies of the Soviet Union and Mikhail Gorbachev's government formally denounced the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
It still makes one wonder why Hitler did what he did and attack the Soviet Union.
Russia is aware of backstabbing.
Russia is aware of the great game?
Why did Hitler and Germany attack the Soviet Union is most fascinating.
Oh, please. Peace was never in Hitler's plan in term of his relationship with USSR. On the other hand, India was never his target.I think the most basic reason was pre emption. Germans knew that Stalin only bid time to revoke the pact. They needed a buffer before that catastrophe.
The other reasons were IMHO to create a gateway towards India through Persian gates and to capture Baku and possibly Abadan oil fields, to collect Slavic slave labor and claim the vast Ukrainian agri lands.
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