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comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
This question has a lot of hits at this point and understandably it's a common question for anyone dabbling in history. My answer is my own subjective answer to an extremely subjective question. I make some wild over generalizations in my answer in order to make a quick read. The generalizations I make should not be considered fact and I implore anyone truly interested in this subject to not only read my answer, but all of the other great answers and criticisms here. Unfortunately I don't have the time to devote to research much further, but I welcome all edits and continued discussion.
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comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
This entire question is based on speculation. We can't know for sure what was going through Hitler's mind during this time. But to say Hitler was completely unaware of the coming clash between the U.S. and Japan, is pretty much ridiculous in my opinion. Japan and the U.S. had been on a collision course for decades. To say Hitler was unaware of the political situation in Asia and the West would I think be vastly underestimating his intelligence and strategic thinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
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comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Hitler knew Japan would eventually attack the United States and Hitler wanted to support Japan. Hitler therefore knew the United States would eventually get involved, way before the U.S. even knew it.
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comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Understanding the timeline of events is very important. The U.S. was not involved, although Hitler understood it eventually would be. Great Britain on it's own could not do anything against Germany. Hitler probably attacked the Soviet Union in the east so when the U.S. came in from the West the German's could focus on one front. Hitler had plans for a long time to attack the Soviet, and was probably afraid the Soviets would take advantage of the U.S. attacking on the western front.
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comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Hitler absolutely had to make a decision to either defend against or attack the Soviet Union. Hitler knew war with both the U.S. and the Soviet Union was inevitable. So he decided to attack the Soviet Union, so when it came time to fight the U.S. he would only have to primarily deal with one front.
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comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
This wasn't the Napoleonic era, taking Moscow would have meant doom to the what little centralization the Soviet Union had in organizing any type formal resistance. What must be understood is that war was inevitable between the two sides. Hitler took the offensive option. It can be argued he would have been better off just defending what he had already gained, and you would probably be right. Weather it was ego or a strategic crap shoot, war was inevitable. We can only guess at why Hitler went on the offensive. My guess is that he thought he could cripple the Soviet Union with one blitz.
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