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Did the USSR Defeat Germany Because of or In Spite of Stalin?

Stalin’s purges of officers in the Soviet military destroyed its experienced leadership, a failing which became all too clear in the war with Finland.  Worse Stalin ignored numerous warnings that Germany was about to attack.  To cap it off, Stalin had a mental breakdown when the Nazi attack finally came, leaving the nation without sure leadership for days at the most critical time.
On the other hand:
Could the Soviet Union have pulled together the single minded ability and organization to fight back without an autocrat like Stalin in power?

By Giovanni Dannato

In 1547 I was burnt at the stake in Rome for my pernicious pamphlet proclaiming that the heavens were not filled with a profusion of aether, but rather an extensive vacuum.
Now, the phlogiston that composed my being has re-manifested centuries in the future so that I may continue the task that was inconveniently disrupted so long ago.
Now, I live in Rome on the very street where I (and others) were publicly burnt. To this day, the street is known as what I would translate as 'Heretic's Way'. My charming residence is number 6 on this old road. Please, do come inside and pay me a visit; I should be delighted to spew out endless pedagoguery to one and all...

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