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Chief Culprit: Stalin's Grand Design to Start World War II 0th Edition
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Joseph Stalin brutalized the Russian people to produce the largest military machine the world has ever seen for one purpose - World Revolution. In the book Hitler's Stooge, Soviet figures are revealed that show Soviet Communists were responsible for the deaths of 132 million people of the Soviet Union from 1917-1989. This was the human cost of the Soviet build up.
The typical history is that Russia was backward, their equipment poor, and the army badly trained. Suvorov goes into excruciating detail about the high quality and astronomical quantity of Soviet weaponry. And, of course, of Stalin's long term plan to invade and conquer Europe in the summer of 1941 - so that Europeans could also enjoy the wonderful benefits of the Gulag.
The only problem with the book is that the print is quite small, and may be a problem for some people. It should have been a larger size for easier readability.
It is hoped that the success of this book will encourage the author to have his other works upon the subject translated into English to further flesh out the history and understanding of Stalin's plan.
This is history at its best. That the world dodged the bullet of World Revolution by less than 2 weeks in 1941 is a revelation deserving of our attention. This is a definite "must read" for everyone interested in the background of World War II, and of Stalin and his dream.
For me every para, every page ,every chapter of this book were a revelation. Military buffs you will never regret exploring it ; if not , you have missed something
Firstly,author impugns the established wisdom on World War II Soviet Union was an innocent victim of Nazi aggression. Suvorov argues Stalin hatched plans to invade Germany. Exploiting German preoccupation in the West ,he started massing troops along the border as a prelude to launching a war of liberation. Soviet dictator succeeded in entangling Nazi Germany in a war with Western democracies. Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact and carve-up of Poland was a step in this direction.
Stalin had aggressive intentions and Suvorov has adduced arguments buttressing this view. If Red Army planned a defensive war they should have entrenched behind a web of obstacles ,entanglements. This would have slowed an invading force giving sufficient room for a defending army to launch a counter-strike;for instance, Battle of Kursk in the summer of 1943. Instead,author argues, Soviets did things to the contrary.Buffer space was demolished as a result nation came to share a common border with Nazi Germany.Bridges across rivers Bug,Vistula were kept intact.while Red Army erected supply dumps,ammunition depots,airbases closer to the border. What were they for? Sounds shocking.
Author dwells on the nature of Soviet troop deployment.Immense concentration of forces in narrow strips of land which wedged deep into enemy territory. For a nation planning a defensive war this tantamount to suicide. Of particular significance is massing of Soviet forces along the Lvov bulge.Read more ›
The author has done us all a very great service by bringing this case to our attention. The comparison of Stalin and Hitler in the Preface is worth the price of the book by itself. Author Suvorov also builds a very good case on the strength of the Red Army for its use in conquering Western Europe, particularly with respect to armor which was clearly superior to anything in the West by 1940, in Germany or anywhere else. In fact, it took the US until 1945 to catch up to where the Soviets were in 1940. The widely disseminated verdict on Soviet tanks in 1941 as obsolete was simply untrue, and can be relegated to the dustbin of Soviet propaganda. The arguments concerning the air force are less convincing, and the impact of the purges in the late 1930s are subject to much controversy even before the publication of this book. The author also omits the artillery arm, which the Soviets demonstrated as clearly superior to the Germans beginning with the Battle of Kursk in 1943.
All this begs the question as to why the Red Army performed poorly in 1941. First and foremost was that the readiness of common soldiers to die for Communism and Stalin which was not greatly in evidence in the troops of 1941.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Helps explain why Germany switched attention from Great Britain to Russia at the time it did. While expansion in the East was always part of the plan, the timing of the invasion... Read morePublished 5 days ago by R. Drake
It's about time some other theories re: reasons for, strategy to fighting WWII are presented. Despite the hatred the two far left ideologies Communism & Nazism are presumed to... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Gale Snoats
Victor Suvorov lays out what many people have seen the evidence of for decades. Corroborates what Hitler told Mannerheim in 1942 - that he knew the Soviets had a huge military,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. H. Ellis
Viktor Suvorov's Stunning Revelation on Why Hitler Invaded Soviet Union June 22, 1941. It wasn't so much for living space; it was for German survival. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Edmund P. Leigh
Viktor Suvorov gives compelling evidence that the Soviet Union was preparing to invade Germany, take over the Romanian oil fields crippling the German War MachinePublished 4 months ago by David Salgado
This book addresses a topic generally overlooked by historians when addressing events leading up to WWII in Europe - i.e. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John S. Reid
A completely new viewpoint of the origins of WWII, as told by a person with unparalleled access to classified Soviet documents. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Kearns
Before reading this book I had many reservations, thinking that it was not possible for a writer to gather so much historical evidence about USSR's intention to strike Nazi Germany... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dimitrios