Was the Soviet Union in 1945 seeking to capture German soldiers and civilians, or drive them west?

Was the Soviet Union planning to invade Germany?

Stalin planned to attack Nazi Germany from the rear in July 1941, only a few weeks after the date on which the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union took place.

What did the Soviet Union want from Germany?

Stalin wanted Germany to stay weak. He was concerned that they might attack the USSR again in the future. He wanted them to pay compensation to the USSR for damage during the war. The USA wanted Germany to stay strong.

Did the Soviet Union plan to invade Western Europe?

It was only after Stalin died, and specifically in the 1960s, that the Soviet Union designed new war plans. These were decidedly offensive nature and envisioned a blitzkrieg-type assault that allowed the Warsaw Pact to conquer most of Western Europe in a matter of days.

What did the Soviet Union do to Germany?

In mid-April 1945, the Soviet army launched its final assault on Nazi Germany, capturing Vienna on April 13 and encircling Berlin on April 21. On April 25, Soviet advance patrols met American troops at Torgau on the Elbe River in central Germany, effectively cutting the country in half.

What did the Soviet Union want to do with Germany after WW2?

The Soviets sought huge reparations from Germany in the form of money, industrial equipment, and resources. The Russians also made it clear that they desired a neutral and disarmed Germany.

What did the Soviets want to do with Germany’s military?

The Soviets, in turn, hoped to increase their military industrial production cheaply, gain access to German technology, and train hundreds of new engineers.

Why didn’t the Soviets invade Western Europe?

In short, the USSR was able to keep much of central and Eastern Europe under its thumb without waging war and got their buffer zone in case anyone tried to invade them again.

How did the Soviet Union defeat Germany?

Soviet forces launched a counteroffensive against the Germans arrayed at Stalingrad in mid-November 1942. They quickly encircled an entire German army, more than 220,000 soldiers. In February 1943, after months of fierce fighting and heavy casualties, the surviving German forces—only about 91,000 soldiers—surrendered.