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Old 05-28-2010, 03:40 AM
 
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Josef Stalin blocked two attempts to kill Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, according to a Russian general.

The Soviet dictator called off assassination attempts in 1943 and 1944 because he feared Hitler’s replacement as Nazi leader would make peace with the Western Allies.


Read more: Stalin 'blocked two attempts to assassinate Hitler overs fears West would make peace with Nazis if plans were carried out' | Mail Online
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:45 AM
 
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Josef Stalin blocked two attempts to kill Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, according to a Russian general.

The Soviet dictator called off assassination attempts in 1943 and 1944 because he feared Hitler’s replacement as Nazi leader would make peace with the Western Allies.


Read more: Stalin 'blocked two attempts to assassinate Hitler overs fears West would make peace with Nazis if plans were carried out' | Mail Online
Stalin...a man responsible for the deaths of tens of millions..made two more bad decisions?
I'm shocked I tells you...SHOCKED!!!
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:06 AM
 
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Makes sense. Had Hitler been removed from power and the Werhmacht/Kriegsmarine or cooler heads within the party assumed the leadership there would have at least been a chance of peace between the Western powers and most likely would have included Russia, but on very unfavorable terms.

If peace became possible in '43 or even '44 the Russian position to assert influence over Eastern Europe and create the satellite states would have been almost non-existent. Perhaps Stalin felt that it needed to be an all or nothing proposition. Russia emerges victorious and reaps the spoils of war and spreads the revolution or it collapses.
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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Yeah but, how many assasination attempts did Hitler survive or that were foiled? More than just a few.
How many potential assassins ended up hanging by piano wire?

Hitler had a very well established protective service, and intellegence service, and he was himself very paranoid about assasination and made allowances for it. Having plans is one thing, carrying them out is another. So I don't see this as being much merit for a possible history changing event. I am sure all the allies (Britian, US) would have wished to take out Hitler, and had potential contingency plans, if they had the shot they would have.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:06 PM
 
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The allies considered bombing the wolf's lair which was certainly possible by 1944. They decided not to, according to the military channel anyway, because they believed Hitler harmed the German war effort and would be replaced by a more competent leader if killed.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:17 PM
 
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This was probably Stalin's most brilliant act during WWII. Had Hitler been assassinated Paulus and the 6th Army would have escaped capture and the battle for Stalingrad might not have changed the course of the war.
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Old 05-28-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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Makes sense. Had Hitler been removed from power and the Werhmacht/Kriegsmarine or cooler heads within the party assumed the leadership there would have at least been a chance of peace between the Western powers and most likely would have included Russia, but on very unfavorable terms.

If peace became possible in '43 or even '44 the Russian position to assert influence over Eastern Europe and create the satellite states would have been almost non-existent. Perhaps Stalin felt that it needed to be an all or nothing proposition. Russia emerges victorious and reaps the spoils of war and spreads the revolution or it collapses.
Stalin was very cold-blooded. After Stalingrad, it was pretty clear that Russia was going to win the war, and end up in a much improved strategic situation to what existed before. An early peace without unconditional surrender would have short-circuited that, and once again left Russia isolated behind a cordon sanitaire of hostile states, rather than in firm control right into central Europe.

Stalin had a lot more to lose than the western allies from an early peace, and he knew it. The western allies at that point hadn't even invaded western Europe yet. Stalin was surely willing to trade a long period of acute suffering for his people for strategic advantage, and it's doubtful the western allies would have done this if another option was available.
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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I am not sure, at the time, that it was clear the Soviets would win the war after Stalingrad. It was not until the battle of Kursk and the success of the Soviet counter offensive, that this was obvious. A minor point
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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I am not sure, at the time, that it was clear the Soviets would win the war after Stalingrad. It was not until the battle of Kursk and the success of the Soviet counter offensive, that this was obvious. A minor point
I guess you're right. Stalingrad was the psychological turning point, Kursk the military turning point.
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:30 PM
 
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I am not sure, at the time, that it was clear the Soviets would win the war after Stalingrad.
If Stalin knew that Stalingrad was indeed the turning point, I don't think that he would have been as adamant during the Tehran Conference in December of 1943, about the Allies opening a second front in Western Europe. Which by the way was four months after the battle at Kursk.
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