Barbarossa in OFFTOPIC Posted January 20, 2002 </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote </td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">not sure about that Â i was always under the impression that as the germans moved east to take control of europe Â that they went the russian way too and russia was purely defending itself, from the german advance.<span id='postcolor'> I'm sure you know that in the beginning of WWII the soviets and germans both invaded Poland and sort of divided it between themselves (so soviets did a little invading themselves). Then they made a sort of alliance (The Ribbentrob Treaty) not to attack each other. In the officially accepted version of history, Hitler has been blamed to be so stupid that he entered a two-front war by invading Soviet Union after the treaty had been in place for a while. So was Hitler stupid or was Stalin about to breach the treaty by attacking west, so germans had to do a pre-emptive strike? Why else would soviet forces be in attack posture (a documented fact)?