Breakdown of Wartime Alliance

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Superpower Relations
1943-1991

The Breakdown of the Wartime Alliance

The Breakdown of the wartime alliance

Although allies, cracks were already appearing in the Soviet-American alliance by 1945. Stalin was particularly suspicious of Britain’s policy before the war of appeasement, which he thought aimed secretly to encourage Hitler to attack Russia. He was also unhappy with the US/British failure to open up a second front in Europe before June 1944. On the other hand the British and Americans were worried about Soviet troops in Eastern Europe and their failure to help the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis.

The question remained- would the USA and USSR remain friends following the removal of the one factor which kept them united- the defeat of Germany?

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American and Russian troops meet at Torgau on the Elbe, 25th April 1945

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