Idk about favorite but I have listened to several documentaries on Stalin this week. Very interesting. Drunken bank robber, very short, fucked up arm from getting beat by his father, rejected from military, not a good speaker, married a 16 yr old, she killed herself and he didn't go to the funeral. Also, real last name wasn't Stalin ....he took that name around 30 yrs old because it means "man of steel". I could go on . Interesting guy. More tomorrow
Not bad for a guy who was playing both sides and acting as an informant for the Czar's secret police...
Had Trotsky killed. Signed non aggression pact w Hitler then Hitler attacked him anyway and Stalin was like oh yeah fuck you good luck with that. I can afford to lose millions more than you so bring it.
Also interesting how many ppl close to Stalin and Hitler killed themselves.
Actually when he got the word that Germany had invaded he damn near had a nervous breakdown and locked himself in his room for almost a week.
The doc I listened to made it sound like he felt betrayed but didn't mention breakdown. Said Stalin was ready to lose every man he had in order to win
Considering that Hitler and the Nazis were pretty open about Communism being Nazism's ultimate enemy, if Stalin did feel betrayed he was as stupid as he was psycho... But I'm sure he was ready to lose every man he had in order to win. Good thing the Allies, and especially the US, provided him so much in way of supplied, arms, and training; including the machinery and training that allowed them to build T-34 tanks at the rate they did.