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von Salza wrote:My question is why did they seek to inhibit the power of what was perceived to be the dominant regional power in Germany, Prussia, when the war was started by a National Socialist Germany, who if Hitlers views are to be believed, despised all things Prussian. Surely the perfect antidote to National Socialism post war would be the Prussian state. Was it deemed to be still too militaristic? After all the bloodshed and the catastrophic end for Germany surely even a dominant Prussia would have had its fill of war, no?
...or allowed to die along the way....This led directly to the expulsion of around 12 million ethnic Germans from east of the Oder River to be resettled in the west.
the demarcation lines were drawn up as early as 1943 but not finalized until the fall of 1944 in the secret Allied plan known as "Eclipse." Germany would be divided and occupied, period.
yup....They argued that unconditional surrender played directly into the Nazi propogandists' hands
However could the Soviets have ever contemplated keeping Prussia as part of the Soviet zone of occupation eventually becoming part of the German Democratic Republic?
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