If we speak of soil in Europe today, we can primarily have in mind only Russia and her vassal border states.Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
Adolf Hitler had always been a foe of the Soviet Union. In 1939 the military situation forced him to sign a nonagression pact with Stalin. Both sides remained suspicious. When in 1941 France had fallen under the Nazi yoke, Britain lay in ruins from savage air raids, and Italo-German troops were advancing towards Egypt in North Africa, Hitler suddenly unleashed his vast military might on the USSR. Operation Barbarossa should bring Germany her Lebensraum on the Russian steppes and destroy Communism once and for all.