WWII - Germans believed that they would capture Moscow...

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Germans believed that they would capture Moscow within months, but instead Russian resolve hardened and the army was stuck there for the winter Manufacturing in Moscow and oil near Stalingrad were necessary for the Germans Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942-1943 was a turning point for the Red Army, as they were then progressively able to push the German army out of the country Stalin was constantly pushing Churchill and Roosevelt to open a Western Front and take the pressure off the USSR ever since 1941 Tens of thousands of factories, villages, and livestock in Russia were destroyed and industrialization and agriculture was severely retarded 8.5 million Red Army soldiers were killed, 2.5 died of wounds, 3.5 died in captivity Approximately 10 million civilian casualties and Jewish population was singled out 400,000 American soldiers died in WWII, with the difference in the death toll having a great impact on the Cold War, Soviet population was thoroughly traumatized Germany was still to be feared even after their defeat in WWII for the USSR Stalin wanted to not only occupy and hinder the growth of Germany, but he wanted to get monetary and industrial reparations and dismantle the whole country Poland, Romania, and Finland had done little before the war to help or heed the Soviet fears of German rearmament Buffer corridor of friendly governments between Germany and the USSR Taking any economic, industrialized ability from occupied territories
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