Why did Churchill ally with Joseph Stalin and go against Adolph Hitler? Didn't Stalin murder millions of his own people?



The old saying that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" especially holds true in wartime.


The enemy of my enemy is my friend, until he is not.

Captain Matticus, LandPiratesInc

Because the enemy of your enemy is sometimes your friend. And the term "ally" is a little generous. More of an uneasy pact than anything else. After all, Stalin's predecessor Lenin had ordered the deaths of the Romanovs, and Tsar Nicholas II was the first cousin of King George VI's father, so I doubt that anybody was too keen on being overly friendly with the USSR. It was enough that Stalin hated Hitler and was willing to assist with giving Germany a war on 2 fronts. Also, as Eddie Izzard said, we're somehow fine when a despot kills their own people. "Pol Pot killed one point seven million Cambodians, died under house arrest, well done there. Stalin killed many millions, died in his bed, aged seventy-two, well done indeed. And the reason we let them get away with it is they killed their own people. And we're sort of fine with that. Hitler killed people next door. Oh, stupid man. After a couple of years we won't stand for that, will we?"


Because they had a common enemy in Nazi Germany. The strategic importance was forcing Germany in to a two-front war. After the German reversal at Stalingrad (Feb-1943) and the Normandy invasion (Jun-1944) Germany's doom was sealed. The fact that Stalin was a brutal dictator had to be put aside.

William James

Churchill was a war monger, unduly influenced by Zionists. Consider General Patton, who thought the real enemy was the Russian, the Bolsheviks, and their Zionist supporters. Patton said, "We defeated the wrong enemy." One only has to look at the Bolsheviks today to see that he was right.


The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Churchill knew that Stalin was a monster but Britain needed any help it could get against Hitler.


"The enemy of my enemy". Britain was under attack by Germany. Stalin offered help. It was a choice of accepting that help, or being destroyed.


Sometimes you have to overlook what you don't like to beat something worse. At least Stalin kept it all within his own country at the time unlike Hitler who took his Murderous Nazis all over Europe. Britain was surviving but knew it needed strong ally to have any chance of defeating the Nazis and at that point the USA was believing it would be better off if it sat back and ignored everything happening half way around the world. Britain needed an ally that would force Hitler to split their forces and take some of the pressure off Britain as before Russia was forced to fight the Nazis Britain was basically the only free nation in the world holding the Germans back from their total European domination. Many say the Americans saved Britain's @ss but the truth is if Britain had fallen to the Nazis likely America would have been fighting the Germans on US soil and likely the truth is Britain's stubborn refusal to buckle to Hitler may have actually saved America as Hitler always had it is his long term plans to conquer America and with all the resources of Europe behind him likely he would have been able to.


The U.K. created a big mess with its interference in other people's affairs, & offering aid to Stalin let the Soviet people do the fighting & dying on the U.K.'s behalf.

Tim D

Because Britain was at war with Germany when Hitler decided to turn on his erstwhile colleagues.