The Lie: Germany’s attack of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 was an unprovoked attack. The Soviet Union was a peaceful nation that did not intend to expand through military means.

The Truth: The Soviet version of World War II history is a lie that conceals the Soviet Union’s responsibility for planning the start of the war. The Red Army in June 1941 was the largest, best equipped army in the history of the world. The concentration of Soviet troops on the German border was frightful. German intelligence correctly saw the massive concentration of Soviet forces on the German border, but it did not see all of the Soviet military preparedness. The real picture was much graver than Germany realized. Germany was totally unprepared for a prolonged war against an opponent as powerful as the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union in June of 1941 was on the verge of launching a massive military offensive against Europe. Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union was a desperate preemptive attack that prevented the Soviet Union from conquering all of Europe. Hitler’s attack of the Soviet Union was not for Lebensraum or any other malicious reason. If Hitler had not invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, the Soviet Union would have easily taken over all of Europe.

The Soviet Union’s aggressiveness is shown by its military actions prior to the German invasion.

The Soviet Union attacked and took control of the eastern part of Poland in September 1939, and attacked Finland in November 1939. Only three months after the Soviet Union ended military operations in Finland, the three Baltic nations of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia surrendered to Stalin and became republics of the Soviet Union. The governments and military leadership of these Baltic countries correctly concluded that the Red Army could not be stopped by any number of casualties, and that resistance to the Soviet Union was futile.

Stalin also issued an ultimatum to the government of Romania to give up Bessarabia. Realizing that resistance was futile, Romania handed over both Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina to the Soviet Union. Thus, within a year the Soviet Union took over the eastern part of Poland by military force, conducted an extremely difficult and successful invasion of Finland, forced the Baltic nations of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia to join the Soviet Union against their will, and took possession of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina from Romania.

These Soviet military conquests and ultimatums expanded the Soviet Union’s territory by 426,000 square kilometers, approximately equal to the surface area of the German Reich in 1919. These Soviet military operations indicate that the Soviet Union was extremely powerful and aggressive. The Soviet Union was well-positioned after these military conquests to launch a massive offensive against all of Europe.

 

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