The dictator of the Soviet Union Josef Stalin had few things that he cared about one of those was his daughter Svetlana, this was something that the people of the Soviet Union shared with him. Thus when the recently annexed eastern Polish territories collapsed into riots and unrest following Soviet forces shooting on a crowd of protesters, she managed to convince her father to allow her to visit the territories in question to see if she could calm them down she would arrive in Brest-Litovsk on the 20th of June 1941 with a sizeable security contingent. Two days later the Germans invaded Josef Stalin upon hearing the news would have a disabling stroke that would incapacitate him for two weeks, those two weeks nearly doomed the Soviet Union. With the vast majority of the competent officers purged prior to the outbreak of the war by the crippling paranoia of Stalin and the general staff unable to act without potentially angering Stalin no orders left from Moscow, leading to mass encirclements, divisions that if they had attacked could of broken the Wehrmacht’s teeth just standing there often with massive desertions. However there were forces that stood against the Germans often due to no orders otherwise or defending their families the most prominent example of this would be the stand at Chernobyl wherein a armoured division and a infantry division were ordered to hold the town by General Zhukov in one of the last orders to leave Moscow before the N.V.K.D clamped down on communication the orders would not even reach the right divisions and had been incorrectly decoded leading to instead of them moving to occupy and fortify the airport that Svetlana was aimed to leave by they withdrew to Chernobyl and held there. The divisions would hold for two months with their famous rallying cry of “Chernobyl Stands.” Their valiant stand would buy vital time that was used to hold off the offensive to the Baku oil-fields. As German forces punched across Ukraine, Belorussia, the Baltic republics and large parts of western Russia the condition of Stalin slowly grew better until, when German forces were overwhelming Smolensk the dictator awoke and gave three orders that would change the entire fate of the war the first was Soviet order 227: Not one step back. The next order was the continuation of the Great Purge with vast numbers of the General staff being shot, one of those being General Zhukov who was executed for the Chernobyl order, despite the fact that Svetlana herself begged her father to save him for he had ordered forces to the airport however they had been destroyed before they reached the airstrip. Svetlana herself had escaped as German forces assaulted the airstrip with a German soldier shooting the rear wheel. The Soviets now stood with a leader and slowly the rate of German victories began to slow. Leningrad was placed under siege with Finnish forces advancing through the northern suburbs aiming for vengeance from the winter war which had lead to Finland losing it’s most important industrial areas to the Soviets. However no matter what Stalin ordered the Germans grew closer to Moscow. Thus Stalins third order was prepared, for now the Germans stood at the gates of Moscow. Stalin’s preparation’s would now be tested. Right so this is my first timeline ever so please point out flaws in the writing and reasoning. Please be warned that it will get pretty dark in places. The P.O.D is a protest in Poland being shot up by the Soviets which leads to riots, which leads to Svetlana going to the Polish territories on the eve of operation Barbarossa. So Stalin’s nervous break down which happened in OTL becomes a non-fatal stroke over worry of his daughter.