In 1920, Germans and the world alike would have found it extremely unlikely to see any positive German-Russian relationships, especially of military cooperation, forming after the Treaty of Versailles the year before.
But the truth is that in the snowy hills of Russia, covered by the imposing Ural Mountains, the Germans established various military facilities to raise an army on enemy soil that would end up being the most effective armed forces in the history of mankind to this day.
In exchange, the ineffective and outdated Russian Army would be trained by German experts. The Germans would teach the Russians the design secrets of their most advanced prototypes, such as tanks, planes, as well as advanced infantry tactics.
It was a treaty of mutual interests that set the foundation of World War 2. Every day, Germans and Russians worked closely together for over a decade, conducting military operations and testing prototypes in Western Russia.
Their operations were kept secret from Western powers throughout the 1920s. The cooperation would remain hidden until Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, the most ambitious military offensive the world had ever seen.
The Invasion of Russia was the culmination of on-going distrust, despite the military entanglements, among the German National-Socialists and Russian Communists. They were two foes that, for decades, learned each other’s weaknesses and strengths, and the two ideologies were ready to go to war under one law: the survival of the fittest…
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