Sometimes blame is not easy to find. The Treaty of Versailles had ended the “war to end all wars”. In it, the allied powers-- France, Britain, and America-- had come to a decision on what Germany’s punishment would be. The Germans were not fond of the agreed upon conditions since Germany no say in the treaty.
If a nation does not fight for a side in a war and stays neutral then it is not smart to stand there and provoke them, especially if the nation is one of the superpowers of the world. Germany pushed America to step into World War 1 because they made bad decisions on other nations that also took a toll on America. Germany antagonized president Woodrow Wilson 's neutrality in WW1 by destroying ships such as the Lusitania and going back on promises that they made. But the Germans were not the only ones to drag America into this war. America felt that trades between them and allied nations were being taken advantage of, and they felt that they just needed to end the war.
The USSR had a major advantage in this war; their ability to quickly produce war materials and large amount of manpower. In November 1943, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt met in Iran to discuss Stalin’s demand of opening a second front in Europe. Stalin feared the pressure the Red Army was under would create an attack opportunity for the Axis powers. Churchill and Roosevelt argued with Stalin that dropping troops behind enemy lines in West Europe would be too great of a risk. Joseph Stalin was ready to leave the Allies, but word of Operation Overlord convinced him to stay, hoping it would give him the second front he desired for his troops.
Hitler disobeyed the Treaty of Versailles, and was allowed to succeed at the Munich Conference. Although the main causes revolved around Hitler, and he caused many of the problems, the Allied nations could have stopped him in different situations. One reason the Allies started World War II, is that the countries that made up the Allied nations were focused on their own countries after World War I, and were not
The United States did not get everything their way in the post war era though. The effectiveness of the Marshall plan was dependent on whether or not the Soviets were deterred by the United States’s threats. In 1949 the Soviet Union detonated a fission bomb and threatened America’s status as the leaders of the arms race. Also, there were cases of Communist espionage that came to light in
The Schlieffen Plan failed because the Germans took too long in the battle with France. Also, They kept destroying the railroads, so the railroads had to be rebuilt. Then, they underestimated France and how fast Russia can mobilize their army. This actually weakened Germany because they were not prepared for Russia to attack them so quickly, so they did not have enough troops fighting the Russians. Did it change the war?
The February 1945 Yalta Conference was the second wartime meeting of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. During the conference, the three leaders agreed to demand Germany’s unconditional surrender and began plans for a post war world. Stalin also agreed to permit free elections in Eastern Europe and to enter the Asian war against Japan, for which he was promised the return of lands lost to Japan in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 to 1905. Although most of these agreements were usually kept secret, the revelations of the conference particulars became debatable after Soviet-American wartime cooperation declined into the Cold War (History).
This explains the purge of foreign elements, army officials allegedly conspiring with Nazi Germany, and exiled kulaks who would launch an insurgency with the backing of a foreign-directed organisation. The source is also valuable because it demonstrates that the regime was aware of the existence of disillusioned Soviet citizens who might be motivated to betray the state in the event of a war. The limitation of this source is that it does not show Molotov's fully developed thoughts. Chuev the interviewer has been criticized for failing to "press Molotov for more details" or point out
In order to do this, Stalin built a blockade on roads, railways, and rivers between the three allied sectors of West Germany and West Berlin. Stalin soon realizes that
Harry Truman thought that giving up on berlin would lead to the loss of all Germany under the control of the Soviets. Western Germany was thinking of responding to the blockade, but due to the lack of manpower, they didn’t. The U.S. agreed with their allies to supply western Berlin through air hallways. Supplies were sent every day. 1948 became very tense as Soviet planes went over the U.S. planes that were over East Germany, The Soviets didn’t try to shoot down any of the Western, because such it might lead to war.
Europe was still very unstable because of the effects of World War I especially Germany. Their politics and economy were very unstable, so it was easy for a dictator to take the “throne”. Hitler and the Nazi party soonly took over. The Allied powers continually tried to get Hitler to stop expanding and conquering other lands. Hitler agreed, but continually disregarded them violating and denouncing the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I. Germany signed treaties with Japan and Italy to help them take over the world.
During a military conference, on July 21, 1940, Hitler declared war against the Soviet Union. The code name was Barbarossa and the goal was to obtain more “Lebensraum”, which means living space, for the Germans. Several factors of the war against the Soviet Union caused Hitler not to be able to have power over the land. Hitler did not agree with the German Army High Command (OKH) that Moscow was a priority to take over during the war. He also did not to listen to his general Jodl, who was in charge of the combined services command staff, who suggested that he go to Moscow at the beginning of the war.
America was successful in battles against German forces and would continue to push forward towards Germany. The German Commander, Adolph Hitler, did not anticipate the Allied forces being able to push the German Army back so quickly. Slowly but surely, the Allied forces were pushing back the German Army which was making the German commander very frustrated. Hitler knew he would need to come up with a plan to push back or split Allied forces.
We will never know what would off been, with the untimely death of Roosevelt and the reactions of an unexperienced Truman. Truman’s government feared soviet expansion which saw the ‘identification of Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh as tools of Moscow’ . This lead to Truman’s policies of keeping strong friendship with other western powers at a time of communist expansion, especially with the French who he helped supply. This decision to turn a blind eye to the future of Indochina would set apart the revolutions ideology and focus just on the communist aspect; which would set course for the future and end with the devastation of not only a country but the losses of 50,000 American lives all at the expense of reducing the expansion of