Do you know the only record where Hitler speaks in private? It is about 10 minutes long and he talks with Mannerheim about 42 or 43.
He said "We couldn't even barely imagine that they had 10,000 tanks. 10,000! But if we had known, our attack would've been even more important!"
As said above. There was a chance to win and had Germany accepted one of the two peace proposals in 41, it would've won. But of course, accepting the peace wasn't doable with that ideology, as well as freeing the ukrainians and using them to "conquer russia with russians".
Spot on. Nazi ideology was the Achilles heel.
To entertain the thought that they needed the people they had conquered to help them attain their goals was an anathema to the Nazi mindset.
It could never achieve the results of its ambition in the East, it was to all intents and purpose's, self soiling and self immolating.
It doesn't seem impossible to conquer everything to the Ural, if the supply train works. The reason why it didn't is - and here we are again - to a signifcant part thanks to the ideology.
If there aren't partisans but several hundred thousand, or even millions, Ukrainians who want to "thank" Moskow for Holodomor, you may finally get where you want. But the Nazis made many Ukrainians (and Belorussians) believe that Stalin seemed to be the better choice as their master...
But of course, there are several other reasons for Germany's defeat in the East that lie in Germany itself.
Whoever interested: I have a copy of the record mentioned above!
< Message edited by Historiker -- 4/4/2012 4:22:35 PM >
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