Stalin, the dictator of Soviet Russia, was a killer. He was said to have killed about 60 million, some not by his hand directly, but by his orders. Stalin was obsessed with his power and would eliminate all who would oppose this power. He would eliminate those who oppose him by either exiling them or executing them. He would even burn his own villages just to instill fear in the peasantries and to discourage criminals from stealing food shipments.
In June 1941, more than 4.5 million german troops from German controlled Poland, Finland and Romania invaded Soviet Russia in a surprise Blitzkreig attack. The soviets suffered heavy losses and the Nazis managed to enter 200 miles into the Soviet Union’s territory within only a week. By December, Moscow was already in the sights of the Germans. However, that was the end of the Germans’ successes in the Soviet Union. The harsh Russian winter had come and the Nazi soldiers could not fight under such harsh conditions.
The Mongols completely destroyed all of Azerbaijan (this was where the Mongols invaded). They destroyed all of their buildings, but this time they specifically destroyed religious buildings and symbols for Muslims. They also even attempted to destroy their economy by trying to destroy their paper money trade. They were disrespecting religions and wiping out an entire city, which is very barbaric. Finally, the Mongols also did some very bad stuff to Baghdad.
The war involved more than thirty countries. Fifty million people died and millions were injured. When the Germans lost World War I they lost many lands and so the Germans wanted to seize some lands and so they invaded many countries including Poland, Austria and much more. That’s when the war began. When the Germans invaded Poland, France and Britain declared war on Germany because of their pact with Poland.
Stalin’s power stems from his autocratic power and strict policies. And from these policies, Stalin damaged the Soviet Union forever. Communism has forever damaged Russia, as millions of innocents died under its rule, with millions repressed, and its political environment in shambles. Most prominent, the policies placed under the Soviet Union led to the deaths of millions of innocents. Most deaths were caused by either artificial famines, or executions.
Russian citizens were forced to admit to crimes they may or may not have committed. No one was safe from Stalin's police force, and innocent people were murdered, or thrown into labor camps if they spoke out against him. More than 750,000 people were killed and millions were accused of conspiring against Stalin ( Joseph Stalin: National hero 17). Stalin wanted power, and would do anything to keep it. Stalin once said, “ Death is the solution to all problems.
The combination of violence, hard labor, and unsanitary conditions led to high death rates in these death camps. The camps destroyed many people’s lives and affected different ethnic groups in different ways. The Gulag destroyed the Soviet society rather than improving it, when the goal was to essentially improve the society. “Lenin ordered mass terror against wealthy kulak peasants, White Guards, and members of the clergy who would be sent to remote concentration camps which resulted in the birth of the Gulag”. The Gulag is a system of
It was designed to cause disorganisation in the enemy. Hitler’s army charged through the countryside, using strong fire such as jet planes, tanks, and artillery. The siege was successful and as blitzkrieg worked so well, Hitler decided to try it again. The next targets were Belgium and France. They repeated the storm on Poland by easily wiping out the Belgians.
However, there is a war-ready mentality that remains because of nuclear arsenals (93% belonging to the United States and Russia) and defense budgets (Dower, 10). Additionally, there are millions who are displaced, and terrorism and suicide bombings take thousands of lives, so chaos remains in countries that are torn apart by internal conflicts. In Chapter Two, he characterizes World War II as “total war” because every resource was mobilized and every citizen in enemy territory became a target. While World War II brought the United States out of the Great Depression to become a prosperous, military power, it also left behind a legacy that impacted the entire globe. The immediate results included death, destruction, displacement, homelessness, starvation, and disease.
During the Holocaust, the Germans viewed a variety of different ethnicities as political enemies and ethnically weak. Adolf Hitler became obsessed with the concept of a pure, German, Aryan race while wanting to maintain political control and expand an empire. His philosophy caused him to kill anyone who prevented this achievement, commonly targeting Jews, Homosexuals, Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, Afro-Germans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, so-called enemies, and security risks (“Holocaust”). Obsessions are dangerous; Hitler’s obsession is no understatement. To achieve his desires, he did anything to extend the fullest power of the Aryan race; resultantly, millions of innocent people lost their lives.
German tank divisions managed to strike violently and push American forces back onto their American territory. They managed to do this by coming through weak spots on American defenses. On this same day there were also reinforcements sent by airdrops. The point was to strengthen the forces. Due to the successful reinforcements, Allied planes were able to attack German tanks.
By this time, more than 33,771 Jews were killed. The Soviets started taking and retaking cities, launching a major counter-attack and caused Germany to abandon Moscow (The History Place, n.d.). Then one of the largest attacks on US soil was launched. The bombing of Pearl Harbor killed at least 2,000 people ( ). This event caused Britain and the United States to declare war on Japan, and Germany and Italy declared war on America.
At the end of WW2 the United States had so much power, influence, and reach around the world, even they were frightened how they stood alone when taking into consideration the balance of power idea. The Soviet Union wanted this badly, so in their minds, by invading Afghanistan and aiding the Marxist allies, they
On November 19, 1942 the Red Army begins Operation Uranus to encircle German 6th army. Three days later on November 23, 1942, 290,000 Axis troops were captured. The Soviet Union had home advantage including the fact they had faster access to supplies. This battle was important for the Soviet Union and its pride to embarrass Hitler and end his quest of conquering Russia. If Germany had won
They also did this was to tear the Germans apart physically and mentally. Also they bombed cities because of factories; you can destroy a factory and rebuild it but when you have no one to rebuild it its shut down for good. The allies wanted to causes issues behind the front lines. They wanted to reduce the number of possible troops for the Germans. They also wanted to kill the family members of the soldiers fighting on the front lines because, if the soldiers weren’t thinking right they couldn’t fight right.