- By 1941, the international order had turned against AdolfHitler.
Germany's Blitzkrieg had shocked the ruling elite as first Poland then
the rest of Europe came under Nazi control. Britain was helpless to stop
Hitler, who was already making preparations for a pre-emptive attack on
the Soviet Union. Hitler was getting out of hand. German inventiveness
and efficiency as well as financial support from western financiers
-- had brought Hitler's Germany to the zenith of its power.
- Germany was preparing to strike Russia and Hitler did
not want a two-front war, the very situation which caused Germany's defeat
in World War I. Hitler wanted England as an ally against communism. "With
England alone [as an ally], one's back being covered, could one begin the
new Germanic invasion [of Russia]," Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf. In
other words, Hitler needed peace with Britain before undertaking an attack
- Securing peace on the West Front may have become an urgent
priority for Hitler. According to former Soviet military intelligence officer
Vladimir Rezun (writing under the pen name Viktor Suvorov) Hitler was forced
to launch a pre-emptive assault against the Soviet Union in June, 1941,
to forestall an attack on Western Europe by Stalin in July.
- Suvorov's work has been published in 87 editions in 18
languages, yet has received virtually no mention in the U.S. corporate
mass media despite the fact that his assertions turn conventional history
upside down. Most people have been taught that Stalin naively trusted Hitler
and was totally surprised by Hitler's attack.
- Admiral N. G. Kuznetsov, who in 1941 was the Soviet Navy
minister and a member of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist
Party, was quoted by Suvorov as stating in his postwar memoirs, "For
me there is one thing beyond all argument -- J. V. Stalin not only did
not exclude the possibility of war with Hitler's Germany, on the contrary,
he considered such a war ... inevitable ... J. V. Stalin made preparations
for war ... wide and varied preparations -- beginning on dates ... which
he himself had selected. Hitler upset his calculations."
- While Suvorov's conclusions grate against the conventional
view of Hitler's attack on Russia, he has provided a compelling argument.
Suvorov pointed out that by June, 1941, Stalin had massed vast numbers
of troops and equipment along Russia's European frontier, not to defend
the Motherland but in preparation for an attack westward. Stalin's motive
was to bring communism to Europe by force, a plan he expressed in a 1939
speech. "The experience of the last 20 years has shown that in peacetime
the Communist movement is never strong enough to seize power. The dictatorship
of such a party will only become possible as the result of a major war,"
- Noting that when the German attack began on June 22,
1941, they could field a mere 3,350 tanks, mostly lightly armored and gunned,
as compared to the Russians 24,000 tanks, many of superior armor and armament,
retired U.S. Department of Defense official Daniel W. Michaels wrote, "Stalin
elected to strike at a time and place of his choosing. To this end, Soviet
development of the most advanced offensive weapons systems, primarily tanks,
aircraft, and airborne forces, had already begun in the early 1930sThe
German 'Barbarossa' attack shattered Stalin's well-laid plan to 'liberate'
all of Europe."
- Suvorov supported his contention by pointing to the fact
that Russian troops were prepared to attack, not defend, which led to the
early German victories; that Russian troops had been issued maps only of
Eastern European cities, not for the defense of Russia; that Russian troops
had been issued Russian-German phrase books with such expressions as "Stop
transmitting or I'll shoot;" and that none of Stalins top commanders
were ever held accountable for the "Barbarossa" debacle since
they had all merely followed Stalin's orders.
- Suvorov concludes, "Stalin became the absolute ruler
of a vast empire hostile to the West, which had been created with the help
of the West. For all that, Stalin was able to preserve his reputation as
naive and trusting, while Hitler went down in history as the ultimate aggressor.
A multitude of books have been published in the West based on the idea
that Stalin was not ready for war while Hitler was."
- He also said the resources of Stalin's war machine have
been underestimated. "Despite its grievous losses, it had enough strength
to withdraw and gather new strength to reach Berlin. How far would it have
gone had it not sustained that massive blow on 22 June, if hundreds of
aircraft and thousands of tanks had not been lost, had it been the Red
Army and not the Wehrmacht which struck the first blow? Did the German
Army have the territorial expanse behind it for withdrawal? Did it have
the inexhaustible human resources, and the time, to restore its army after
the first Soviet surprise attack?"
- Perhaps the best support for Suvorov's claims came from
Hitler himself. "Already in 1940 it became increasingly clear from
month to month that the plans of the men in the Kremlin were aimed at the
domination, and thus the destruction, of all of Europe. I have already
told the nation of the build-up of Soviet Russian military power in the
East during a period when Germany had only a few divisions in the provinces
bordering Soviet Russia. Only a blind person could fail to see that a military
build-up of unique world-historical dimensions was being carried out. And
this was not in order to protect something that was being threatened, but
rather only to attack that which seemed incapable of defense ... I may
say this today: If the wave of more than 20,000 tanks, hundreds of divisions,
tens of thousands of artillery pieces, along with more than 10,000 airplanes,
had not been kept from being set into motion against the Reich, Europe
would have been lost," the Fuehrer stated in his speech on December
11, 1941, when he declared war against the United States.
- Of course, the victors always write history, so whether
Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union was sheer aggression or a necessary
pre-emptive strike will probably be argued for many years. But, if it proves
true that Hitler was merely forestalling an imminent attack by the Soviet
Union, it places the history of World War II in an entirely different context.
It would certainly go far in explaining Hitler's otherwise inexplicable
actions in starting a two-front war, the very situation he had warned against
in Mein Kampf. It also would help explain why Franklin Roosevelt, at the
bidding of the globalists, was arming the Soviet Union in blatant violation
of the Neutrality Acts of 1935, 1936 and 1937. By the end of 1940 with
all Europe under German control and Britain threatened, they may have determined
to stop Hitler.
- Hitler clearly indicated what he saw as the machinations
undertaken to prevent any negotiated end to hostilities in 1941. In a speech
to the Reichstag less than week before Hess's arrival in Scotland, he declared,
"All my endeavors to come to an understanding with Britain were wrecked
by the determination of a small clique which, whether from motives of hate
or for the sake of material gain, rejected every German proposal for an
understanding due to their resolve, which they never concealed, to resort
to war, whatever happened."
- Some researchers have even argued that Seelowe or Sea
Lion, the code name for the proposed German invasion of England, was a
"sham right from the beginning", an effort by Hitler to distract
Stalin by feinting west when he actually planned to strike to the east.
It was merely a cover for the mobilization of men and equipment needed
for the invasion of the Soviet Union. One clue that this tactic was in
play can be seen in the fact that Hitler, who was known for constantly
interfering with his generals on the smallest of details, never showed
any real interest in the plans for an invasion of England, according to
German military historian Egbert Kieser. These authors, along with other
historians, explain Hitler's strange order to halt the German advance at
Dunkirk allowed the British Army to escape the continent. Hitler wanted
his future ally intact.
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