Operation Barbarossa (1/10)

The 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact made the sudden German invasion of Russia in 1941 look like a devious and surprising act of violence against a neutral country. The reality is that the Soviet leader at the time, Josef Stalin, had received no fewer than a hundred warnings telling him that the Nazis were planning an invasion of Russia. Putting those warnings to the side for the moment, Germany and Russia had one of the frostiest relationships in history, had been at war twenty years or so before 1941 and were completely ideological and social enemies in how their countries were set up. 

Written by James Metcalfe

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