1) The offensive is done by the middle of 1942 (summer) and the DEI can be defended with naval and airpower, china can be held with about 1/2 the force since KMT or communists have little capacity to mount an offensive without military supplies
2) Well it means when russia is done with germany, it cannot just walk into japanese territory in 1945,
and yes, axis could not co-ordinate (while they still held the initiative in 1941/1942 thats a major reason why they lost)
it may or may not have worked, but it probably would have been more effective than what they did historically,
or the campaigns against india / australia
basically the axis had to overrun soviet territory by 1943 and then fortify against a western invasion
(and hope the atomic weapon was never developed)
I am convinced that german's campaigns were quite disorganized, often confusing and fixating on too many objectives
in war there are military objectives (destruction of army)
political objectives (morale or coercion to allow a useful peace settlement)
economic objectives (depletion of industrial capacity)
German 1941 campaign: starts as a military objective to destroy the red army. basically it is successful, then
the tank divisions are told to secure ukraine (economic objective), okay.. now they are told to attack moscow
the best thing to have done in 1941 was to destroy the red army (done) and then pull back into warm territory and avoid fighting in the winter
then in 1942, attack in concert with japan, while japan goes for vladivostok region and ties down the remainder of the red army,
germany takes the caucasus oilfields (economic), fortify the cauacsus and crimea. because japan is keeping the russians busy,
operation uranus (stalingrad encirclement) is impossible
in 1943, some type of battle needs to be fought to wear down the russians into a collapse, hopefully by this time the german army
still has troops (and they havent frozen to death in the winters or encircled at stalingrad)
i am impressed by the eastern campaign fought by germany in world war 1.
many defeats are imposed on russia and eventually a political victory is achieved when
the bolsheviks (german agents) are able to take power.
Now ..why is germany fighting the agents that saved them in world war 1?
That helped them rebuild their armed forced in sercretduring the versailles treaty?
Why does germany attack russia for "lebensraum" when russia is the coldest,
absolute worst place to live... yes germany should have just been happy to keep france
and maybe conquer greece (nice weather)
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