How prepared were the USSR for war?

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  • How prepared were the USSR for war?
    • Politically
      • Treaty with Hitler
        • Stalin nieve - wasn't expecting an invasion
      • Stalin as a poor wartime leader
        • Stalin ignored warnings
      • Sought alliances with France and Britain
      • Defended main cities
    • Military
      • Stalin killed the majority of generals - left the army without experts
      • Larger army than Germany - 4.8 million in 1941
      • Army trained during civil war - unprepared for German tactics
    • Economically
      • based on heavy industry - could make weapons easily
      • poor agriculture - couldn't feed people
        • forced collectivisation
      • the first 2 five year plans weren't focused on military
      • Quantity not quality


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