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Old December 1st, 2010, 03:46 PM   #1

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Why did hitler invade russia during the second world war


Hello. i just wanting to get some valid reasons on to why hitler invaded russia, is it because of his anti communist stance in europe, and what was this whole ideology about creating ''free space'', could someone care to explain why did he invade russia, and even if he succeed in doing this, what were in his goals in russia if he supposedly did win in russia,

Would the russian people have been gassed, obivosuly the russian jews were but im talking about the general russian population what would have happened to them, and the other former colonies of the soviet unions, would all of these nations been free living space for nazi germany?
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Old December 1st, 2010, 04:03 PM   #2

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Hitler let success go to his head. Despite the warnings from his generals against having fronts on two sides, he just felt that the German army could not be defeated. He rushed his plans of world domination and headed into Russia without realizing what he was getting himself into. He sought to use the mineral, agricultural and manufacturing resources of Russia to fuel Germany.

As for his intentions for the Russian people, it seems to have been slave labor. I've never heard that he had plans to exterminate them like the Jews.
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He rushed his plans of world domination and headed into Russia without realizing what he was getting himself into. He sought to use the mineral, agricultural and manufacturing resources of Russia to fuel Germany.

As for his intentions for the Russian people, it seems to have been slave labor. I've never heard that he had plans to exterminate them like the Jews.
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Thanks for the information, i think hitler got too mad and too obessed with trying to win wars that were impossible to win, i mean thought of invading a massive country like russia its absurd and crazy and that why i think where he lost the wars, lack of planning and lack of ideas for his goals

I meant as in do you think that he would have killed them, since they were all communists, didnt the nazis have a vile hatred towards communism
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Old December 1st, 2010, 06:06 PM   #4
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number of factors, anti-communism, the "historic push to the east", resources, boredom (no seriously he was implusive and a long war not happening). To some degree Russia was always the main game, and I think a tzarist Russia would have still been the major target.

There was no real "plan", the Nazi regieme was incapable of any real planning.

German intelligence of the Soviet army was appaulling they seriously underestimated the numbers like thinking the army was half the size it was. I have a book published in 1938 "the military strength of the powers" by the new left book club and is a better calculation of the Soviet military strength.

Even the Invasion suffered from no real strategic plan, they simply made it up as they went along. If they had real clear defined strategic objectives they might have done better. Logistical support for a extended campagin over vast areas was lacking. They just didnt really plan effectively at all.
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Old December 1st, 2010, 06:24 PM   #5

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Nazi Germany was a state dissatisfied with it's loss of prominence after the First World War. It was a revisionist state. It intended to change the balance of power more in it's favour. That means dominating and taking down your neighbours down a few notches. The expansion of Germany, in land and resources, would have to come at the expense of the Soviet Union.

A major part of Hitler's policy was the destruction of Communism, which he saw as a Jewish conspiracy. I believe that both Hitler and Stalin know that a war between their states was inevitable. It's just that Stalin thought that Hitler wouldn't be prepared for a war for a couple more years. He was wrong. Hitler was willing to fight on two fronts at the same time because he believed that Britain would soon make terms for peace. He was wrong.
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Old December 1st, 2010, 10:54 PM   #6

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Hitler's fatal sin was impatience.
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Old December 1st, 2010, 11:20 PM   #7

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You really have to hand it to the Russian fall back technique. When the Germans broke through a line the troops would rush away until they reached another line which they would join. Each time the Nazis broke through a line they faced a stronger one ahead.

I really wonder, though, if the Soviets would have stood a chance against Hitler's full force if he had waited until the fall of Britain?
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Old December 1st, 2010, 11:31 PM   #8

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I think Hitler had convinced himself by December 1940 that England lay prostrate before German air power. November had seen the worst of the air attacks; acres of England’s cities were reduced to rubble. Hitler believed she would never rise again to threaten Germany. So he felt bored.
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Old December 1st, 2010, 11:48 PM   #9

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Russia and Germany were basically in an arms race that, in the long run, only Russia could hope to win. Germany's eastern flank was secure for the time being, but that state of affairs could not possibly last a decade even.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 12:23 AM   #10

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I think operation Barbarossa came about because of the Nazi need for constant crisis, or threat. Thats the way they kept their dynamics moving.

Hitler also failed to learn the lessons of history, as Britain and the US have done with their invasion of Afghanistan.
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