Why did Stalin get so much of what he wanted at the Yalta Conference?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 20, 2020 04:18 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 20, 2020 04:18 PM

The Yalta Conference took place in February 1945. Roosevelt was ill and would die two months later.

Churchill wanted to drive a harder bargain with Stalin, but he was in a weak position politically. Britain was exhausted with over five years of a terrible war, and dependent upon the USA in many ways.

It might have been better to hold the conference at a neutral venue, rather than on Soviet territory, which gave Stalin the upper hand psychologically.

Stalin was a wily devil. His troops were sweeping Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria, and advancing on Berlin. There wasn’t much that the western powers could do. They speeded up their advance to the River Elbe to prevent any more of Germany falling into Soviet hands.

General Patten would willingly have begun hostilities against the Red Army once the Germans capitulated, but the Allied armies wanted to see the end of a dreadful war, as did the politicians.

Poland and Ukraine never celebrated VE day. Nor I imagine did the Baltic States once they gained independence. For them there was no victory in Europe, but only the replacement of Nazi tyranny by Soviet tyranny.

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