Hardly a victory

Although it might have seemed that after the unprecedented defeats of the initial period of the war, the USSR finally achieved a staggering victory, the truth was somewhat different. Józef Stalin, like Lenin before him, did not realise the great opportunity to spread communist ideas throughout Europe for which he had been preparing the country for almost the entire interwar period. The collapse of June 1941 and the need to retreat from the approaching Germans almost to the Volga meant that the Soviet Union could not enter the war with the fresh forces as a decisive element of the conflict and bringing a new, Soviet order to the whole continent. In this situation, the border of Soviet expansion, which was marked by the Elbe River in May 1945, was only a partial and exceptionally bitter victory.

The overriding objective of the internationalist plan to cause a global revolution was the terrible material and human losses suffered by the Soviet Union during the war, as well as the fact that its potential opponents (primarily the United States) came into possession of weapons of unprecedented destruction - the atomic bomb. Until the USSR was able to develop a similar weapon on its own, the confrontation did not offer any hope of victory. However, thanks to an extensive network of agents, the Soviets were able to develop their own nuclear weapons as early as 1949, which meant that the triumph of the global communist revolution again became attainable, although the price for it could have been horrendously high. However, its victorious conduct rested on Stalin's successors, as he himself died in March 1953, during the preparations for the next great purge, which was to be the beginning of the next world war. A war that could finally bring the desired victory to the dictatorship of the proletariat throughout the world. Or on top of what was left of it.