This quote in no way whatever constitutes proof of intent existed in 1939 to invade Russia. Rather, it demonstrates that Hitler could read a map. You're confusing Hitler's understanding that war with Russia was possible with that of it being inevitable. We've been over the point so often that there is no further reason to discuss it. The failure of Barbarossa in front of Moscow in the winter of 1941/1942 took away any realistic chance Hitler had of defeating Russia. From that point on, Hitler would fight in the east with no hope, ever, of defeating Stalin. This was a turning point - this December verdict had not been in play in June 1941. Your continued attempt to confuse the issue with an irrelevant argument (the precise date at which Germany reverted permanently to the defensive) does not in any way deflect the veracity of the observation. Brian, you're referring to the August 1939 non-aggression pact. I'm referring to the draft treaty Hitler had delivered to Stalin in Moscow on November 25th, 1940 - over a year later, after the fall of France. Please do recall that at that date Hitler offered Stalin a place in his alliance with Italy and Japan, and that a public signing ceremony was to take place in Moscow involving the four nations. Stalin rejected Hitler's terms and insisted upon attacking Finland, as well as other incredible demands to be secured against Bulgaria and Turkey. Had he not done so, had he turned around on November 26th and told Hitler, "yes, I accept your offer", then there would have been no Nazi-Soviet war. This single episode makes your theory impossible - a Hitler whose purpose was soley to destroy Russia would never have gone to such trouble to avoid war with Russia. Hitler falsified his intentions in his early works, exaggerating Russia (a safe target) and playing down his intentions against France (a very dangerous target). Had he been honest - that he planned to reinstate the pre-eminence of the Triple Alliance all along the Danube and into the Balkans, with an eye to crushing France, Germany risked being plowed under and partitioned in 1935 or 1936. Please consult a map of Europe from the period in question and note which of France or Russia shared a border with Germany during the 1930's, a point from which a hopelessly superior army could descend upon Berlin. Hitler was a pathological liar whose public statements can never be taken as evidence of intent. Only his secret directives and the actions he undertook after taking power are reliable indicators of his intentions - and these all point to France and England being the target. The Soviet Union was never mentioned as the objective by name in the 1930's, ever. If Russia was the target, why no evidence of it, with the Soviet Union identified by name, in the German archives? That being said, the "winging it" theory agrees that Hitler, a violent anti-Slavic racist, would be favorably inclined to destroying Russia if a low risk chance to do so presented itself. But this in no way, shape, or form corresponds to the idea that all his plans were shaped to achieve that eventuality.