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Why did Hitler order the German invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941?

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History Coursework Why did Hitler order the German invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941? During the Second World War Hitler had taken over most of Western Europe, but after being defeated by Great Britain and stopped from taking over the country, he turned his attention to Russia. So on the 22nd of June 1941, Hitler ordered German troops to invade Russia under the intensions of taking over Russia. Hitler intended to take over Russia because Russia is and was a large country and has many resources, fuels and also it was more space for Germany to develop their empire. Another reason Hitler invaded Russia was because in previous decades other German dictators e.g. Napolean Bonaparte, had attempted to invade and take over Russia, but had failed and Hitler wanted to prove that it could be done. ...read more.


Another reason Hitler wanted to invade Russia was because Hitler disliked communism. This hatred for communism was so strong that it seemed to be almost innate. His hatred for communism was shown in his book "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle) that he wrote while in prison for trying to over throw the German Government in the late 1920's and early 1930's. Obviously this hate for communism was a strong motivation for Hitler to invade Russia because the majority of the Russian population were communists. Hitler wanted to take over Germany and then would attempt to enforce his policies upon the German population and hopefully eliminating Communism in Russia. Hitler also wanted to invade Russia for its natural resources. Russia is an enormous area of land and so it contains large amounts of different natural resources and fuels such as coal, oil and iron. ...read more.


The German Aryan means the "superior race" and Hitler believed that there were two distinct groups of people that existed. The German Aryan (superior race) and what he called the Russian Slavs, which he thought to be the inferior race in terms of intellect and he also believed that the Russian Slavs were born inferior to the German Aryan. This narrow-minded belief, lead Hitler to believe that he could take over Russia and it would be justified because they were apparently an "inferior race" to the Germans. Hitler had prepared and thought out this attack on Russia well and he used excellent tactics to make sure that Germany had a good chance of defeating Russia, unlike that attack on Britain. If Hitler had left the attack any longer the chances of Germany raking over Russia would become more and more unlikely due to the preparation and the rearmament of Russia. ?? ?? ?? ?? Clive Shaw ...read more.

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