Soviet preparations for war

About Russia's preparations for war, from pages 96 - 99 in the red course textbook

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  • Soviet preparations for war
    • Fear of war
      • Hitler made treaty with Italy & Japan
        • Recognising Communism as a common enemy
    • Rearmament
      • Strict discipline
      • Clear division between officers and men
      • 1937 & 38 the Red army was heavily purged
        • To ensure loyalty
        • A great deal of experience was lost
    • Recruit spies
      • At all levels of government
        • In the UK, USA, France & Germany
      • Much of the information gained was never used
        • Stalin did not trust the intelligence service
      • Much of Russia's intelligence resources were focused on Trotsky
    • Economic preparations
      • Rearmament was meant to be in the 3rd five year plan
        • The purges led to chaos & so it was not a success
        • There was little detail on the plans
          • No budget agreed for military spending
      • In 1939 -> 6 new aircraft factories
      • 1st five year plan
        • 366 million roubles
      • 2nd five year plan
        • 2080 million roubles
      • 3rd five year plan
        • 4200 million roubles
    • Nazi- Soviet Pact
      • surprising
        • Mein Kampf, negative about Soviet
      • 24 August 1939
        • Agreed to respect territories
        • Increase trade
        • (secretly) divided Eastern Europe between them
      • Why?
        • The UK & France would not negotiate
        • Following Lenin
          • The early Bolsheviks  party was funded by Germany
        • To gain land

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