Richard Overy

Their Enemy’s Enemy

The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939–1941

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‘Together with the Germans’, Stalin is alleged to have remarked, ‘we would have been invincible.’ For just under two brief years between August 1939 and June 1941 they were together, bound by an uncanny alliance forged on the eve of the Second World War. The British and French were not surprised. Their prejudice against the Soviet Union coloured their belief that the two dictators were as bad as each other, and not such strange bedfellows after all.

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