Friday, June 6, 2014

Stalin Finally Got His Second Front 70 Years Ago Today

After years of unfulfilled promises from Churchill and Roosevelt, Stalin got his second front with the invasion of the European continent 70 years ago today.

The Russians had been holding their own on the Eastern Front against Nazi Germany. In fact they were gaining considerable ground in June 1944. The efforts by the Allies in North Africa, the Mediterranean and Italy siphoned off German troops from battling Russia but it was not the large scale continental Western front Stalin was promised.

Those empty promises since 1942 had to have influenced Stalin's attitude towards the Allies that would accumulate and fester into the tensions that surfaced in 1945 after WWII was over.

There are many other factors involved of course, but the second front delays were a factor in ...

the start of the Cold War.

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