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[–]Nasser 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Mid sized central European country cannot defeat the entire world. In other news water is wet.

[–]AmericanMuskratTNA aficionado 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Typo: Contrary to popular belief, Germany during WW2 had economic resources far outmatched that of the Soviets

Still reading it but didn't want to forget to mention that.

[–]DragonerneJesus is white 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

The nazis tolerated jews in their movement

[–]Brewdabier 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Not bad however not all correct.

[–]TheJamesRocket 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

One was diverting Army group Center’s panzer armies to the other army groups in July-August. Army group center had just taken Smolensk and was in striking distance of Moscow. However Hitler diverted its two panzer armies to the South and North to destroy the soviets in Kiev and the Baltics.

The historical debate about Moscow vs Kiev is misleading: The Wehrmacht was not in a position to mount an early attack on Moscow. In September 1941, Army Group Center was still in the process of building up a supply stockpile that would enable them to attack Moscow. Until this stockpile was complete, it was logistically impossible for them to launch an offensive on Moscow. Under those circumstances, it was only logical that they go after the closer and easier objective of Kiev.

And BTW, diverting elements from Army Group Center was inherent to the plan for Operation Barbarossa. They were always supposed to clear their flanks before advancing on Moscow. Hitler was within his rights when he issued Fuhrer Directive 33. Halder attempted to change Hitlers mind, but he remained adament.

Hitler then foolishly split the army group into two weaker groups: Army group B which would take Stalingrad and form a line with the Volga and Army Group A was to penetrate the caucasus and capture Baku. These diluted forces failed to achieve either objective and the offensive bogged down.

In this instance also, the splitting of Army Group South into A and B was inherent to the plan for Case Blue. Originally, Army Group B was supposed to advance along the Don river and capture Stalingrad, securing their flanks against the Soviets: Only then would Army Group A mount its advance into the Caucasus. The problem is that Hitler threw the entire operation out of sequence when he issued Fuhrer Directive 45. He ordered the advance into the Caucasus to begin before Army Group B was anywhere near Stalingrad!

Von Bock tried to get Hitler to rescind the order, but he got fired instead. Army Group B could have taken Stalingrad in August 1942, but instead, they didn't even reach the city until September 1942, and by then, the Soviets had turned the city into a fortress. This meant that the Wehrmachst flanks were never secured, which opened them up to a catastrophic defeat.

[–]Tuisto 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Do you believe failing to conquer Murmansk played an important role?

[–]casparvoneverecNier Automata stan[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Probably. A quarter of allied lend lease came in through murmansk

[–]Bruce_Lee 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Axis needed USSR to join them. But they couldn't agree on it. That would be easy win.

[–]IkeConn 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

If they had just left the Russians and British alone they could have ruled Europe for decades if not centuries.

[–]JuliusCaesar225 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

It was the British who chose war with Germany.

[–]TheJamesRocket 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

The British refused multiple peace offers from the Germans, though. They wouldn't stop fighting unless they were dealt a heavy blow.