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Operation Pike
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Preface Prologue Poland, Finland, and the Nazi-Soviet Combination, September-November 1939 The Soviet Union Attacks Finland, December 1939 The Allies Search for a Weaker Enemy, January 1940 Finland, the Caucasus, and the Katyn Forest Massacre, February-March 1940 The Failure to Aid Finland and the Continuing Debate, March 1940 Operation Pike: The British Plan to Attack the Russian Oil Industry Hitler's Blitzkrieg Foils the Allies and Relieves the Soviets, April-May 1940 The Nazis Attempt to Turn the Soviets Against the Allies, June-December 1940 Operation Barbarossa and new British Plans to Destroy the Russian Oil Industry Conclusion British Archival Sources Index

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Utilizing many never-before published documents, this landmark study challenges conventional wisdom about the Anglo-Soviet alliance against Hitler and proposes instead that, had Germany not successfully invaded France in May 1940, the Allies might well have launched their own offensive against the Soviet Union.

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PATRICK R. OSBORN is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is currently an archivist for the National Archives and Records Administration./e

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"Operation Pike is a thoughtful, provocative look at what could have become a decisive turning point in the war. Not only does the author offer fresh information about the exact nature of the military plans and how they evolved, he points out how the Soviet attitude toward the West during and after the war was shaped in good part by Stalin's knowledge of these plans...Osborne provedes the most thorough investigation ever undertaken of this shadowy aspect of the Second World War. Recommended. http: //www.sonic.net/~bstone/archives/000902.shtml"-Stone & Stone Second World War Books
?Operation Pike is a thoughtful, provocative look at what could have become a decisive turning point in the war. Not only does the author offer fresh information about the exact nature of the military plans and how they evolved, he points out how the Soviet attitude toward the West during and after the war was shaped in good part by Stalin's knowledge of these plans...Osborne provedes the most thorough investigation ever undertaken of this shadowy aspect of the Second World War. Recommended. http: //www.sonic.net/~bstone/archives/000902.shtml?-Stone & Stone Second World War Books

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