>Far better to wait until the eve of war
Wow you're dumb. Germany was entering Poland either way, they had no borders with the USSR. Prior to 1939, Poland was all for a war with the USSR, but in 1939, they tried to welch out of starting the war with the Soviets, so Germany decides that it would take Poland and make it a vassal state. 3 Million soldiers under German command. The USSR, unable to get any anti-Hitler pacts from the West decided to make the best of the situation and return Western Belarus and Ukraine to the USSR, establishing a buffer zone.
>allow the Nazis to overrun Poland, then France, without fear of fighting on two fronts
Go back to the thread coward. France being "over-run" was literally all on France. France paid for its own incompetence and appeasement of the fascists to the point of not helping its ally Poland in any meaningful way. The USSR had obligations only to itself. Establishing a delay to the war. Neither Germany, nor the USSR expected either France or Poland to fold so quickly… mostly because they underestimated how incompetent the West really was.
So yes, it was a brilliant strategy.
>And the plan worked perfectly!
It worked better than expected. France got its come-uppance for ignoring the repeated Versailles Treaty violations
>All of those materials were desperately needed by Germany.
No, not really.
> The metals supplied by the Soviets were also critical to German production
Except they weren't.
>They supplied 65% of German chromium ore
FOR THE YEAR 1940 YOU RETARD. Over the war from 1939-1945 the USSR's chromium was a drop in a bucket.
>the Soviets provided Germany with 40% of its nickel imports
FOR THE YEAR 1940. Do you specialize in manipulation or something?
>Finland was not at war with the USSR. Then the USSR attacked Finland and they became enemies.
Wow, the sheer ignorance of the geopolitics of the situation is mindboggling. The USSR actively tried to prevent war and offered a deal that benefited Finalnd more than the USSR. Finland rejected it because they were pro-fascist and were intent on letting the Germans to enter from the North as invaders have done before.
>Furr is not acceptable as evidence.
No argument also see >>635
> It couldn't possibly have been an invasion because the Russians said it wasn't!
1) that's not an argument, that's just attacking the source
2) Yes the Russians said so… as did International law, and several important countries of the League of Nations you ignorant manipulator.
>INSTEAD OF AS INVADERS
<ignores the rest of the entire speech
<ignores the context
<ignores that the Polish borders over-ran the BRITISH established Curzon line, which was the original Soviet border
Also you lovingly ignored the next line,
"But that the Russian armies should stand on this line was clearly necessary for the safety of Russia against the Nazi menace."
You also ignored the rest of the posts.
>thousands of men from the Baltic region joined the Waffen-SS
And thousands became partisans and/or joined the Red Army. It's well known that the majority of the Baltic population got evacuated, 10s of thousands of people.
>why did Stalin always associate himself with undercover fascist agents