The Cause of Hitler's Ultimate Defeat.
In the midst of darkness of the early Sunday morning on June 22, 1941, three million German soldiers marched into Russian territory launching the largest attack in the history of warfare and the last of the German blitzkriegs. Russia's initial shock allowed the German tanks to move more than fifty miles inside the Soviet Union by sundown. Stalin had received prior warning by both President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill of Hitler's plan to attack Russia, entitled "Operation Barbarossa", but refused to accept this fact because of an earlier agreement known as the Non-aggression Pact between Russia and Germany. It was not long after the attack that Stain reacted to eventually overthrow the German armies. Hitler's ideological crusade and its failure may ultimately be regarded as one of the most significant factors in Germany's eventual defeat. Hitler denied all factors going against his plan such as the delay of the Balkan campaign and he ignored his generals who advised him to not invade Russia. While the initial thrust was fast and rewarding, it still spread the German formations thin allowing the Russians to strike at the flanks of these columns. His stubbornness to regroup and ill-preparations for .
Russian winters contributed to his defeat as well as his stupidity of murdering and enslaving the Ukrainians who fled from Moscow to the Germans as their allies. Russia's mentality assisted in helping them to drive the Germans out of their territory.
In 1939, Stalin had signed a nonaggression pact with Hitler. Although some may believe Stalin did this in order to side with Hitler, it was actually his way of misleading him. Stalin was planning his own offensive war against Germany and the rest of Europe as well. His true motive in joining forces with the Nazis in the fight against the west was to keep the Soviet Union out of the fray while the Allies and Axis destroyed one another.