The Stupidity of Invading the Soviet Union – Fact of the Day

In February 1943, the British Ministry of Economic Warfare calculated that with the sole exception of flax and hemp, the Germans had obtained more grain, oil, chrome, tin, rubber, etc by trade with the Soviet Union than as a result of invasion.

(Source: A World At Arms: A Global History of World War Two)

During their long retreat from the German armies, the Soviets followed a “scorched earth” policy and destroyed anything which could be of use to the Germans. This included blowing up mines, refineries, dams, factories, and pouring oil onto stacks of grain.

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