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WWII query: Why did France surrender so quickly while Russia held out for years?

Best of Best Defense: Number 1 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on June 2.

German soldiers beside a tank during World War II (German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons).
German soldiers beside a tank during World War II (German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons).

 

Best of Best Defense: Number 1 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on June 2.

I’ve read tons of books on World War II, yet I realized the other day that I don’t know the answer to this question. British intelligence expected France to hold out, but the USSR to collapse in a few months. Yet the opposite happened. Why?

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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