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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stalin's Invasion Plans

PARIS () -- Soviet leader Josef Stalin would have sent his armies on through Germany into France in World War II had the allies not landed in Normandy, according to Kremlin archive documents obtained by a French university publication.

Communisme, a monthly publication on communist studies, quoted minutes of a November 1947 meeting in Moscow between Stalin and then French Communist party leader Maurice Thorez.

"If [British prime minister Winston] Churchill had delayed opening a second front in northern France by a year, the Red Army would have gone into France," Stalin is quoted as saying.

Excerpts of the minutes were published Wednesday by the news magazine L'Evenement du Jeudi.