if the United States had entered early into World War II

What if the United States had entered early into World War II? If they had
joined forces with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany would any of the tragic events
that occurred during those years still be written in history? From Pearl Harbor
and concentration camps to communism and the Cold War—its feasible to believe
that some, if not all, of these “bumps in the road” could have been
anticipated and prevented? If only President Roosevelt had been more partial to
Hitler than to leaders of the USSR, France, and Britain, maybe history would be
written differently. If Roosevelt had joined forces with Hitler, the United
States could have prevented Hitler from attacking the USSR, and possibly avoided
the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. This could have led to less world
communism and possibly eliminated chances of a Cold War between the States and
the USSR for the forty years after World War II.

Look back to the date of the war\'s most massive encounter. It began on the
morning of June 22, 1941, when slightly more than 3 million German troops
invaded the USSR. Although German preparations had been visible for months and
had been talked about openly among the diplomats in Moscow, the Soviet forces
were taken by surprise. Stalin, his confidence in the country\'s military
capability shaken by the Finnish war, had refused to allow any counteractivity
for fear of provoking the Germans. Moreover, the Soviet military leadership had
concluded that blitzkrieg, as it had been practiced in Poland and France, would
not be possible on the scale of a Soviet-German war; both sides would
consequently confine themselves for the first several weeks at least to sparring
along the frontier. The Soviet army had 2.9 million troops on the western border
and outnumbered the Germans two to one in tanks and two or three to one in
aircraft. Many of its tanks and aircraft were older types, but some of the tanks
were far better to any the Germans had. Large numbers of the aircraft were
destroyed on the ground in the first day, however, and their tanks, like those
of the French, were scattered among the infantry, where they could not be
effective against the German panzer groups. The infantry was first ordered to
counterattack, which was impossible, and then forbidden to retreat, which
ensured their wholesale destruction or capture.

For the invasion, the Germans had set up three army groups, designated as
North, Center, and South, and aimed toward Leningrad, Moscow, and Kyiv. Hitler
and his generals had agreed that their main strategic problem was to lock the
Soviet army in battle and defeat it before it could escape into the depths of
the country. They disagreed on how that could best be accomplished. Most of the
generals believed that the Soviet regime would sacrifice everything to defend
Moscow, the capital, the hub of the road and railroad networks, and the
country\'s main industrial center. To Hitler, the land and resources of the
Ukraine and the oil of the Caucasus were more important, and he wanted to seize
Leningrad as well. The result had been a compromise—the three thrusts, with
the one by Army Group Center toward Moscow the strongest—that temporarily
satisfied Hitler as well as the generals. War games had indicated a victory in
about ten weeks, which was significant because the Russian summer, the ideal
time for fighting in the USSR, was short, and the Balkans operations had caused
a three-week delay at the outset.

The Russians were doing exactly what the German generals had wanted,
sacrificing enormous numbers of troops and weapons to defend Moscow. Hitler,
however, was not satisfied, and over the generals\' protests, he ordered Army
Group Center to divert the bulk of its armor to the north and south to help the
other two-army groups, then stopping the advance toward Moscow. On September 8,
Army Group North cut Leningrad\'s land connections and, together with the Finnish
army on the north, brought the city under siege. On September 16, Army Group
South closed a gigantic encirclement east of Kyiv that brought in 665,000
prisoners. Hitler then decided to resume the advance toward Moscow and ordered
the armor be returned to Army Group Center.(Carley 111)

Meanwhile, a drastic undertaking was being launched. The Reich Security Main
Office—an agency of the police and the Nazi Party guard, known as the SS—dispatched
3,000 men in special units to newly occupied Soviet territories to kill all Jews
on the spot. These mobile detachments, known as Einsatzgruppen, or action
squads, were soon