Why does Molotov believe a “second front” should be opened in 1942?

Read Chapter 22 as well as the Transcript of the Roosevelt-Molotov Meeting. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following:

  • Why does Molotov believe a “second front” should be opened in 1942?
  • If such a front is opened, what does Molotov predict?
  • If such a front is not opened, what does he fear might occur?
  • Given that a second front in France was not opened until June 1944, what do you think the effect of that delay may have had on longer-term U.S.–Soviet relations?

 are required to submit an initial posting (200 words minimum) that addresses the items above. You are also expected to respond to the posting of at least one other student (100 words minimum). Your response should address why you agree/disagree with their posting, support it with new evidence to bring a new perspective to the topic.  

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