Why Hitler's Invasion of Russia Was A Fatal Error

Why Hitler's Invasion of Russia Was A Fatal Error

Invasions of Russia tend to go poorly. This was no exception.

But the Russo-German War was no ordinary conflict fought over territory or resources. For Nazi Germany, it was a war of extermination and subjugation that would have killed the Russian people or reduced them to slavery. For the Soviet Union, it was a war of survival. What kind of peace would have been possible? There could be no escape through a peace treaty with Hitler.

The War in the East was a fight to the death, and neither capturing nor defending Moscow would change that. The Soviet Union would probably have fought on despite the loss of its capital.

Michael Peck is a contributing writer for the National Interest. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook

This first appeared earlier and is being reposted due to reader interest. 

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