- Jan 14, 2016
Imagine a scenario where the Red Army stops at the Eastern border of Germany - having made a separate peace with Hitler. This was actually on the mind of the Anglos as their worst case scenario. They would then have been left with the task of fighting the Wermacht on one front. And despite the catastrophic losses in Russia, the fact is that the Wermacht would still have been no push over for the Anglos in 1945 - if they didn't have to man the Eastern Front at the same time.
After all, the Yanks are lousy ground troops - always have been. And the Brits weren't really up to much on land either. I think it quite likely that the Germans would have repelled them and forced them to a negotiated peace on the Western front.
Well, how would that have helped Stalin? For sure, the Soviets wanted revenge. But revenge can very often cost far too much. The Red Army lost one million men capturing Berlin - only to give half of it away for nothing. Stalin didn't want to stay in Germany - he offered to the Anglos that they all put out - twice - but they refused. Having the National Socialists still in power in Germany would have a great strategic advantage for the Soviet Union - it would have kept the Yanks occupied in Europe with something other than attacking the USSR. Germany would have been in a terrible situation between the USSR and the Anglos - but it would have held the line in all likelihood. Germany would have acted as an excellent buffer.
I would say we'd still have the Soviet Union today if Stalin and Hitler had made a separate peace. Europe would still be Europe.