Why was the USSR unprepared for German invasion of 1941?

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Stalin had recieved numerous warnings that an attack must be imminent from many sources. He, however, rejected all such reports, refusing to believe that Hitler would risk fighting a war on 2 fronts. Soviet forces weren't allowed to respond in any way that the Germans could interpret as confrontational. These early days exposed Stalin's greatest error: misjudgement of Hitler's actions and intentions. This, together with his ill-judgement and ill-timed purge of the armed forces, amounted to a colossal failure of leadership.

Germany had an experienced and well-trained force which was mobile and well-prepared with good communications and a ruthless approach…


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