Episode 13: Germania Delenda Est
Now that Stalin had recovered his nerve it was time to get to the business of actually, you know, fighting the war. Of course, being who he was as a person, the first thing Stalin did was find some generals to make scapegoats and execute them.But, rather than spiraling into a self-destructive purge he actually began to reform the Red Army. The theatre was divided into three commands. Northwestern command, under Marshal Voroshilov, covered Leningrad and the Baltic states. Southwest, commanded by Marshal Budenny, encompassing ukraine and Stalingrad. And lastly, Western, under Timoshenko, which protected Moscow itself. Then he dedicated himself to prosecuting the war. Every waking moment he spent either in his war room or on the phone with commanders.