The Fall Of Poland And Its Influence On Pre Invasion Ambiguities

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Introduction June the 22nd, the year 1941, Germany launches “…the most powerful invasion force in history” across the border of Soviet Russia. That assessment of the invasion is surely accurate, as “Nineteen panzer divisions, 3,000 tanks, 2,500 aircraft, and 7,000 artillery pieces pour across a thousand-mile front.” Despite the temptation to analyze this singular event from the perspective of logistics, planning, and execution (on the part of both sides), which could, and have, filled volumes, the most important part of the operation was how this action, on the part of Germany, finally drew the lines of conflict that had been elusive up until that point. Was an alliance with the Soviet Union a genuine possibility, as suggested by some historians such as Alexander Hill, or were these actions simply measures to buy time and advantage, a position held by others such as Gerhard L. Weinberg.
The Fall of Poland and Its Influence on Pre-Invasion Ambiguities Perhaps the two greatest powers to face pre-Barbarossa ambiguity were the Empire of Japan and the Soviet Union. For both of these nations the confusion stems back to 1939 with the German invasion of Poland. During that conflict, Germany developed close ties with the Soviets regarding the division of much of Eastern Europe, not just Poland specifically. This placed a great deal of stress on the standing German relationship with Japan, who was still at the time in conflict with the Soviet Union along their eastern border.…

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