Stalin refused to believe a GERMAN invasion was imminent June 22,1941 and wouldnt listen to his generals. The generals wanted to withdraw some miles from the front to allow time for a counter attack of the GERMANS. Stalin wouldnt allow that and most of the Soviet air force was destroyed on the ground in the first day. Sheer folly on Stalins part. The Red Army won in spite of him not because of him and then ordering soldiers to mass human wave attacks and some soldiers did not have a rifle. They picked up a dead comrades rifle. The Chinese did the same thing in the Korean War. On the other hand if the Germans had treated Russian soldiers and civilians in a humane way the Soviet Government would have been defeated. However Hitlers regime viewed the russians as sub human and to be exterminated or treated as their slaves. A lot of USA and allies have no idea of the massive battles on the Russian front. 8 million Soviet soldiers killed and 20 million civilians.