From: Mosquito Bite, Texas
Also, if you don't attack the USSR in 1941, they will attack by the end of the year. In real life, they were years away from making that decision.
I realize that in the USA most modern historians are hacks who basically copy each other for "source material" and never, ever go into actual archives. The days of Toland reading archives and interviewing event participants from BOTH sides are long over (recommend "But not in shame" as reading for everybody interested in WW2 Pacific War).
My rule of thumb of modern American historians is this: If he has Polish roots, he is good (checks out - Balkoski, Forczyk are GREAT military historians). If he does not have Polish roots / name, then usually it is trash (Ambrose, etc etc etc etc). Modern american historians usually have an agenda to push, and damn the facts.
There are some GREAT modern Russian historians though, who, when given the chance in the "thaw" when the archives were opened a bit, and now that Putin has made "the one and only true history of Great Patriotic War" official, worked their tails off to write what really happened.
Now that Russia has "the one true version" of WW2 history and writing anything else is punishable by prison, things are a bit different.... What can I say, it takes balls to be a Russian historian, which is why the hacks who have no "axe over their heads" in USA piss me off when they write their horsepoop.
Anyway, these modern Russian historians: Mikhail Meltyukhov, Igor Bunich, Mark Solonin - and of course Rezun - hats off to them.
These guys will NEVER be published in the West, because... reasons... they go against the one true and official narrative of WW2 where the Germans were the bad guys and the Soviet... the good guys. KISS principle in full force.
If you're curious, start here:
Solonin books on his page, in English
So, after that unnecessary, political, and stereotypical slam at American historians and the glorification of all who are not, what did the poster say that was wrong? Were the Russians going to invade Germany by December, 1941?
Please cite a non-American "factual" source, because, apparently, no American historian knows any facts.
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