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Old November 13th, 2012, 09:34 AM   #41

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Pre-1941, this is untrue.
Agreed. The reality of the Winter War against Finland shows the damage of Stalin's Great Purge.

I also think Iolo brings a valid point on the difficulties dealing with the reluctance of the general populace in Britain to support a first strike offensive against the Soviets during the proposed period.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 09:41 AM   #42

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Agreed. The reality of the Winter War against Finland shows the damage of Stalin's Great Purge.
And they undid all of that damage in the the space of two or three years? No. They didn't need to.

The German war effort was partly based on Soviet raw materials that they'd bought. If they'd gone in earlier, they'd have had nothing to run their tanks on.

I'm not arguing that the Soviet Union was in a position to invade or conquer central or western Europe in 1941, but it was strong enough and well enough stocked with people and raw materials to have survived. As it did.
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Chances are, the USSR would have fallen in this scenario, but if it didn't, and actually withstood the German onslaught before driving back into Poland and then Germany, the British and French would have grown increasingly alarmed at the spread of Bolshevism into central Europe. In this situation, it is concievable that both Britain and France would have become full military Allies of Nazi Germany, to defend central Europe against the spread of Communism.
Sounds like someone caught between a rock and a hard place, having to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea.
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If they treated the soviet vassal states (ukraine, latvia, estonia, khazakstan, turkmenistan etc) better than the Germans did . They would have had a pretty large force.
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