"English Deception" : What Stalin Knew : The Enigma of Barbarossa from Spike EP on Vimeo.
For the crucial first ten days or so of Operation Barbarossa, the Soviet Defence to the German advance into the USSR was almost non-existant.
Josef Stalin, the only agent of the Soviet military executive quite literally refused to believe that the reports of his own army on the border were true, feeling that they had fallen victim to an MI6 Double-Cross on the part of "The Churchill Gang" in London - an English Deception.
When, finally, he realised, to his absolute horror the magnitude of his miscalculation, Comrade Stalin slipped into a week-long alcoholic bender, only resurfacing almost a full week later.
It would take almost 3 years and 20 Million Soviet lives to recover all of the ground that had been lost to the Nazi Blitzkreig in those first ten days.
According to the American military attaché at the London embassy, who claimed to have spoken with Hess after the latter arrived in England, the Deputy Fuhrer supposedly confessed to a British psychiatrist sent to examine him that the Nazis were on the verge of obliterating the Jews
(Louis Kilzer, Churchill's deception. The Dark Secret that Destroyed Germany (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994), pp. 60-2).
Moreover, author Alfred Smith relates that on May 13, 1941, only three days after Hess landed, Churchill sent a memo to his colleague, Anthony Eden...It concludes with the words
‘Like other Nazi leaders this man is potentially a war criminal and he and his confederates may well be declared outlaws at the close of the war. In this his repentance stands him in good stead.’
Smith raises the question: ‘Why did Churchill describe Hess as a potential war criminal?...The “Crimes against humanity," and in particular the Holocaust, did not take place until after the launch of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, a month after Hess's ﬂight.’ Smith concludes: ‘The only construction that makes sense of Churchill's remarks is that he was aware of the war crimes that were going to be committed in the future...."