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The importance of the Winter War: Finland’s resistance to the Soviet Union, November 1939- March 1940

  The Soviet Union’s victory over Finland, March 1940, followed a very competitive war, which was unexpected. This, military observers believed, resulted from Stalin’s purge of the Red Army, 1937-8, which had badly weakened the military capacity of the Soviet … Continue reading

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The Fatal Flaws in Operation Barbarossa 1941

“With Russia* smashed, Britain’s last hope would be shattered….. If we start in May 1941, we would have five months to finish the job.”** Adolf Hitler 31st July 1940 The German High Command ought to have opposed Hitler’s cherished ambition … Continue reading

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