Why did German hand over the Galician oil fields to the USSR

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Why did German hand over the Galician oil fields to the USSR

Post by AiBosq » 12 May 2021 16:09

In the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact the Germans let the Soviets go west of the Curzon line and have the Galician oil fields. These fields accounted for most of the oil production for the Central Powers during WWI. Seems strange that they would let them have it. What is the reason for this?

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Re: Why did German hand over the Galician oil fields to the USSR

Post by wm » 13 May 2021 21:23

Beggars can't be choosers, Hitler was desperate for the pact. And I suppose Ribbentrop wasn't even aware of their existence.
Even more, the oil fields were mostly exhausted, of little value at that time.

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