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Chief Culprit: Stalin's Grand Design to Start World War II
Chief Culprit: Stalin's Grand Design to Start World War II
by Viktor Suvorov
Edition: Hardcover
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After 20 years, Still not quite there..., July 8, 2010
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"Suvorov" opened millions of eyes 20 years ago with "Icebreaker", but very few of them were professional historians, most of whom refuse to offer any comment other than "Preposterous!"

Consequently Blue Jacket Books is his first English-language publisher in two decades, although he's sold millions of copies of his subsequent books in Eastern Europe.

What "Suvorov" still fails to acknowledge is that Stalin had Totally convinced himself that Hitler was psychologically incapable of leading Germany into another two-front war - so much so that Stalin accepted without question the German cover story for the troop build-up on his border - that they were there for training out of range of the RAF, but would begin a draw-down by the end of June, 1941 as units were transferred west for Operation SEA LION '41.

"Codeword BARBAROSSA" by Barton Whaley revealed the German deception campaign nearly 40 years ago.

David E. Murphy adds copies of Hitler's alleged letters to Stalin with his promise of this drawdown in "What Stalin Knew" (2005). Both were top-notch CIA men in their fields - Deception, and the Soviets.

Luftwaffe squadrons and flak units would likely leave first, then Army units as the RAF was worn down before the invasion.

Once a good part of the Wehrmacht was ashore in Britain, it would be Stalin's golden opportunity to seize the Rumanian oilfields, which together with the Soviet Union supplied over 60% of Germany's oil requirement.

Germany's oil reserves, synthetic fuel plants and oil wells in occupied territory might allow them 8 to 10 months at their 1941 rate of consumption, after which oil production could meet no more than half of the actual 1942 requirement. Which had itself imposed serious restrictions on German military operations.

Stalin had no wish to take on the full strength of the Wehrmacht head-on, but he also knew that once Britain made peace, Moscow or Ukraine would be Hitler's next target.

He would be more certain of striking the first blow in late Summer 1941 than in the Spring of 1942.

And Marshall B.M. Shaposhnikov had orders to complete the border defenses by October 1941.

July 13 would see the initial Soviet deployment completed, ready to defend the border in case of a limited German grab for territory while the Soviet mobilization continued to gain momentum.

But Stalin would have wanted to avoid any premature hostilities that might distract the Nazis from the invasion of Britain, so I don't think he planned to invade Rumania before August or September 1941. With simultaneous air strikes (and ground attacks) against the German military in Poland and East Prussia to destroy their bases, assuring Soviet air superiority in the border zone.

That late in the year, Germany wouldn't have been able to redeploy and launch an invasion of the USSR until the following Spring - with critically low fuel reserves remaining for their tanks, planes and trucks.

Then in the early hours of June 22 Stalin realized that the "genius of mankind, the greatest genius of all times and peoples", instead of being able to manipulate Hitler, had been deceived by the Germans into letting them attack first.
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Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World
Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World
by Patrick J. Buchanan
Edition: Hardcover
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile, but goes astray., September 1, 2008
I think Mr. Buchanan might not have come to the conclusion that Churchill should have made peace with Hitler if he was aware of "Hitler's Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf" edited by Gerhard L. Weinberg and published in German in 1961, and in the United States in 2003.

Not to be confused with the Second Volume of "Mein Kampf" or the infamous forged "Hitler Diaries", "Hitler's Second Book" consists of the notes dictated by Hitler to his publisher Max Amann in June 1928 and kept in the safe of the Nazi publishing house until seized by the US Army in 1945.

Hitler had evidently put off publication after he realized that it gave away too much of his thinking, not only his low opinion of his political allies and intentions for the Jews, Slavs and Communists in the near future, but also the inevitability of war (allied with the British Empire) against Greater Germany's ultimate rival - the United States.

Editor Weinberg discovered the unedited manuscript in 1958 in a folder marked "Draft of Mein Kampf" while microfilming the US Army archives of confiscated Nazi files in Alexandria, Virginia prior to their repatriation. The US had transferred ownership to the Bavarian government and the Munich Institute for Contemporary History was eager to publish it, so Weinberg entered into an agreement for them to publish his annotated edition in 1961 with no one to make any profit from it.

Unfortunately in 1962 while arranging the publication of the American edition, he found a pirated edition with a bad translation of his German text was already in print, and he couldn't sue to stop them since he was not suffering any financial loss.
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