German Decision to Invade Soviet Union

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German Decision to invade the Soviet Union
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- Because Britain refused to come to terms, he wanted to conquer Russia, which was Britain’s last hope, and force them to come to terms.
- Occupation of Baltic states shaped the malevolent view germans had of Russia, ideas that influenced hitler through agents such as Ludendorff
- By beating Russia, they could force Britain to come to terms and control Europe
- Germany wanted to conquer the areas that they had influence over due to the treaty of brest livotsk and setup buffer states
- Idea of living space- hitler in 1920’s wanted a policy of friendship with Britain and eastward expansion to gain living space
- He regarded bolshevism as jewish rule, and darwinsim, he believed the strong had the right to survive over the weak and that the Aryan race should triumph over the inferior Russians (controlled by jews)
- Ideologically the Nazis were antibolshevists
- Economically Germany was strapped, this rearmament economy could not be sustained
- Through his attack on the soviet union he would destroy the power of the jews, embodied in his world view by the boshevik regime, and at the same time gain living space. Vincotry would make Germany masters of Europe and provide the bas for a racially purified empire which would be equipped to challenge the U.S. for world domination
- Military strategic and ideological
- The invasion was necessary to remove Britains last ally on the continent. Victory over soviet union would free japan to undertake southern expansion and this would ty down the U.S. and deter her involvement in the atlantic and Europe
- The motivating force was ideological, but in the actual decision making strategic imperative dominated
- Invasion of Britain would be difficult because of the royal navy, weather and crossing the channel. Russia was seen as less risky
- Difficulties with French and…...

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