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

Best Defense is in summer reruns. Here is an item that originally ran on December 31, 2015.

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Best Defense is in summer reruns. Here is an item that originally ran on December 31, 2015.

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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