Why did Russia defeat Germany?
The Russians defeated Nazi Germany because of what the Germans
did to the civilian population of Mother Russia when Hitler's
armies invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941. When the Nazis
retreated, millions of Russians were executed for helping out
partisans who operated behind German lines and for being
At first it looked as though the Nazis were going to defeat
Russia. However, three things prevented this. First, Hitler changed
his mind about attacking Moscow and chose, instead, to use his
forces to take the capital of the Ukraine-Kiev. Second, the Germans
didn't expect to arrive in Russia so early, during the cold, frosty
winter that is known as the "General Winter." Third, the Russians
used their newest tanks -- the T-34/76 and the KV-1 -- in the
Battle of Moscow. The T-34/76 had sloped armor, which deflected the
shells fired by the Panzer IVs. Consequently, the Russian tank
crews were able to destroy the Panzer units with no problem.