By 1941, the international order had turned against Adolf Hitler. Germany's "Blitzkrieg" has shocked the ruling elite, as first Poland, then the rest of Europe came under Nazi control. Britain was helpless to stop Hitler, who was already making preparations for a preemptive attack on the Soviet Union. Hitler was getting out of hand. German inventiveness and efficiency as well as financial support from western financiers, had brought Hitler's Germany to the zenith of its power. Germany was preparing to strike Russia, and Hitler did not want a two-front war, the very situation which caused Germany's defeat i World War I. Actually, Hitler wanted England as an ally against communism. "With England alone as an ally, one's back being covered, could one begin the new German invasion of Russia," Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf. In other words, Hitler needed peace with Britain before beginning an attack on Russia. Securing peace on the Western Front may have become an urgent priority for Hitler. According to former Soviet military intelligence officer Vladimir Rezun, writing under his pen name Victor Suvorov, Hitler was forced to launch a pre-emptive assault against the Soviet Union in June 1941, to forestall an attack on Western Europe by Stalin in July. Though Suvorov's work has been published in 87 editions in 18 languages, he has received virtually no mention in the US corporate mass media, despite the fact that his assertions turn conventional history upside down. Most people have been taught that Stalin naively trusted Hitler, and was totally surprised by Hitler's attack.