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Joseph Stalin

What were Stalin's key mistakes during the war?

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August 20, 2007 2:51PM

The first was before WW-2. Stalin purge of the Soviet Army that began in

1934 seriously drained Soviet Forces of top level commanders. His failure

to accept reports of the German build up on his borders for "Barbarosa"

meant that the Soviet military was badly mauled by the invaders. He also

failed to transfer forces posted on the Eastern border into the war in a

timely manner.