ed\In a sense, and I know this flies against most history books, Hitlers invasion of the USSR with Operation Barbarossa was a war of a preemptive
Why does it fly against most history books? you mean books in english, right?
well, its in all soviet-russian textbooks for schollchildren and its true. The original Barbarossa plan (scans) is made available for the public by
the germans - gogle in internet and you will get it.
So, the books you mention are not history but alternative history books...
\If you read the two volume epic on the Soviet German war by John Ericson (The road to Stalingrad, The road to Berlin), you'll see that Stalin and
the STAVKA toyed with the idea of launching an assualt against Hitlers Germany before they could strike.\
Well, the problem is this wild idea contradicts the the real documents and well-known facts - its a pity you dont know Russian or you could read
documents and see that John Ericson gives a false idea to the public. What sources of his assertions, I wonder...? certainly not the existing facts.
if he is honest, he would have stated that there is no any documents supporting his idea of the USSR preparing any strikes ...
For example, this site www.soldat.ru...
contains electronic versions of the documents of 1941, directives, plans of the general
commandment etc on defeating the AGGRESSION.
John Ericson hasn't evidenlty seen any documents concerning the "massive wargames" in the spring of 1941, because there were none. he must also
have failed to see the difference between regular military trainings and total mobilization! the mobilization has been made AFTER the first strike of
the germans which fact now is used to blame Stalin by some "clever heads" who always know-better. But who also faild to understand the fact that the
USSR managed to make a permanent mobilation on the basis of evacuated industries! and this only crashed the german strategy of Blitzkrieg, that is the
defeat of the army BEFORE the other side can make mobilization or form new army...
All the facts say that Stalin tried to avoid war and he had good chances if Hitler was a sane person, and no first strikes were planned from the
All the documents and military directive say about two things:
1. the army had to be ready to strike back in RESPONSE to the concentration of the Germans;
2. to strike the German troops, concentrated along the borders of the USSR, no invasion in Germany have ever been stipulated/
Also please consider these:
1.the Hitler Germany was created with the assistance of England and the USA. Explore this, you are sure to find real evidence.
2. Hitler started to prepare the attack on the USSR not because of "the threat from the east", but to scare England and deprive it of "the last
continental hope". To get Egland without defeating the USSR was impossible.
\Fascism and Bolshevism were opposed to each other. If you read Mein Kampf (not reccomended, unless you can stand brilliant madness), you'll
understand that Hitlers goal was not so much world domination, but the destruction of the Soviet Union\
I agree, but please consider also that the defeat of the Soviet Union gave the winner far more than virtual ideas of eliminating communism made for
the leaders think in a different way than the ordinary people like you and me...
Besides, Hitler knew well-enough the route Stalin took on coming to power...
[edit on 28-1-2009 by Russi]