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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/10/2012 8:04:16 AM   
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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/10/2012 4:44:37 PM   
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How much was made of the German economic situation? I recall reading previously that the eceonomy was becoming a real issue for the Nazi leadership - but I was too young to fully appreciate the arguments and have never seen a book since that covers this aspect.


The German economy was a key driver of Hitler's vision for his Third Reich. Russia (and lands East) was generally seen as Germany's future stomping grounds for their implementation of the Monroe Doctrine. (Hitler drew parrarels with early US expanionist history). This also tied in to the spectre of WWI because while as long as Russia helped out Germany with imports, a similar economic blockade of Germany would not be as decisive as in WWI, it would still hurt. There was also the time factor. Germany got a head start in rearmament but this head start was even as early as 1939 shrinking rapidly as both the West and Russia began to awaken and prepare for possible conflict. Even if no actual conflict ensued the newly revitalized opposing nation's would be able to influence events by the threat of intervention along with economic sanctions.

By 1940 per the author, despite Germany's conquest of areas rich in skilled labor and tech. (industrial plants), Germany still found itself starved of food, coal and oil. They retained the need to import food for 25+Million people and the UK Blockade would exaserbate this situation. The fear was that one bad harvest in Germany would cause civil unrest similar to what occured in 1917-18. Its interesting that we tend to assume that the German population was with Hitler step by step but in reality this was a careful balancing act that depended not only on German "victories" but also on the need to keep the civi population 'content'......not an easy thing to do. With their import situation already precarious, the Germans quickly found that the occupied territories increased task of having to supply and help feed said areas. They actually ended up having to export coal, oil and foodstuffs to these areas to keep them running.

In summary, the conquests of 39-40 did not make Germany's resource totals comprable to those of the British Empire much less the United States while also leaving Germany dangerous beholden to Stalin's Russia for grain imports as well as creating a quandry given that ideologically, racially and economically speaking that same country was to be the target of future German conquest. Meanwhile while all this is going on, the geopolitical 'clock' continues to tick. Britian's refusal to come to terms became even more signifigant as the perinial spanner in the works. An Alliance with the US was considered but largely viewed with deep skepticism and suspicion because of WWI and Hitler's believe that FDR's goverment was part of a greater Jewish consipiracy meant to keep Germany from achieiving it's full potential.

All in all, the book does a great job of eliminating hindsight and presenting the reader with the tangled multi tiered web that was 1940-41 in particular and how it was never a simple matter of either attacking or not attacking one country (the USSR in this case)

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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/10/2012 7:17:11 PM   
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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/10/2012 9:43:27 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Nikademus


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ORIGINAL: warspite1

How much was made of the German economic situation? I recall reading previously that the eceonomy was becoming a real issue for the Nazi leadership - but I was too young to fully appreciate the arguments and have never seen a book since that covers this aspect.


The German economy was a key driver of Hitler's vision for his Third Reich. Russia (and lands East) was generally seen as Germany's future stomping grounds for their implementation of the Monroe Doctrine. (Hitler drew parrarels with early US expanionist history). This also tied in to the spectre of WWI because while as long as Russia helped out Germany with imports, a similar economic blockade of Germany would not be as decisive as in WWI, it would still hurt. There was also the time factor. Germany got a head start in rearmament but this head start was even as early as 1939 shrinking rapidly as both the West and Russia began to awaken and prepare for possible conflict. Even if no actual conflict ensued the newly revitalized opposing nation's would be able to influence events by the threat of intervention along with economic sanctions.

By 1940 per the author, despite Germany's conquest of areas rich in skilled labor and tech. (industrial plants), Germany still found itself starved of food, coal and oil. They retained the need to import food for 25+Million people and the UK Blockade would exaserbate this situation. The fear was that one bad harvest in Germany would cause civil unrest similar to what occured in 1917-18. Its interesting that we tend to assume that the German population was with Hitler step by step but in reality this was a careful balancing act that depended not only on German "victories" but also on the need to keep the civi population 'content'......not an easy thing to do. With their import situation already precarious, the Germans quickly found that the occupied territories increased task of having to supply and help feed said areas. They actually ended up having to export coal, oil and foodstuffs to these areas to keep them running.

In summary, the conquests of 39-40 did not make Germany's resource totals comprable to those of the British Empire much less the United States while also leaving Germany dangerous beholden to Stalin's Russia for grain imports as well as creating a quandry given that ideologically, racially and economically speaking that same country was to be the target of future German conquest. Meanwhile while all this is going on, the geopolitical 'clock' continues to tick. Britian's refusal to come to terms became even more signifigant as the perinial spanner in the works. An Alliance with the US was considered but largely viewed with deep skepticism and suspicion because of WWI and Hitler's believe that FDR's goverment was part of a greater Jewish consipiracy meant to keep Germany from achieiving it's full potential.

All in all, the book does a great job of eliminating hindsight and presenting the reader with the tangled multi tiered web that was 1940-41 in particular and how it was never a simple matter of either attacking or not attacking one country (the USSR in this case)

Warspite1

All makes sense except the conclusion in the last sentence. From what I've read Lebensraum was Hitler's raison d'etre. The fact that subsequent economic realities made that attack a necessity does not alter that fact. In addition, the conquests of 39-40 were not done because Hitler ideally wanted to - Poland aside - but in response to Britain and France standing up to him. The fact that they did not make Germany better off resource wise? - well they weren't supposed to. He would have preferred Britain and France butt out and leave him to tackle Russia.

The subsequent conquering of Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and France was due to what Hitler felt he had to do - and in the case of Yugoslavia (to a lesser extent) and Greece, because of the actions of that buffoon Mussolini. The goal, at least in Hitler's mind, was always the Soviet Union, wasn't it?

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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/11/2012 12:00:48 AM   
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All makes sense except the conclusion in the last sentence. From what I've read Lebensraum was Hitler's raison d'etre. The fact that subsequent economic realities made that attack a necessity does not alter that fact. In addition, the conquests of 39-40 were not done because Hitler ideally wanted to - Poland aside - but in response to Britain and France standing up to him. The fact that they did not make Germany better off resource wise? - well they weren't supposed to. He would have preferred Britain and France butt out and leave him to tackle Russia.

The subsequent conquering of Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and France was due to what Hitler felt he had to do - and in the case of Yugoslavia (to a lesser extent) and Greece, because of the actions of that buffoon Mussolini. The goal, at least in Hitler's mind, was always the Soviet Union, wasn't it?


But subsequent economic realities didn't make the attack a necessity, only further added to the urgency of said attack. Yes, Lebensraum was a central piece of Hitler's New Order ideology, but the root cause is deeper still. Why Lebansraum? to allow the German people and the economy to expand to world class preportions.

Hitler had to attack Russia in order to make this dream a reality and the subsequent unplanned for World War only made the need for that attack more urgent. This is an alternate view to what many feel was "a blunder" by Hitler (aka attacking Russia) The assumption is, had he not done that, the T. Reich might have lasted longer. Maybe....but even had it, it would have been a shadow visiage of what Hitler meant to build in his lifetime and he knew the clock was ticking.

This isn't to say there wasn't indecision. Hitler in fact spent weeks mulling over "what to do next" But inevitably the economic and geopolitical situation compelled him to attack Russia before the USA could intervene.

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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/11/2012 12:13:16 AM   
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ORIGINAL: warspite1
All makes sense except the conclusion in the last sentence. From what I've read Lebensraum was Hitler's raison d'etre. The fact that subsequent economic realities made that attack a necessity does not alter that fact. In addition, the conquests of 39-40 were not done because Hitler ideally wanted to - Poland aside - but in response to Britain and France standing up to him. The fact that they did not make Germany better off resource wise? - well they weren't supposed to. He would have preferred Britain and France butt out and leave him to tackle Russia.

The subsequent conquering of Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and France was due to what Hitler felt he had to do - and in the case of Yugoslavia (to a lesser extent) and Greece, because of the actions of that buffoon Mussolini. The goal, at least in Hitler's mind, was always the Soviet Union, wasn't it?


But subsequent economic realities didn't make the attack a necessity, only further added to the urgency of said attack. Yes, Lebensraum was a central piece of Hitler's New Order ideology, but the root cause is deeper still. Why Lebansraum? to allow the German people and the economy to expand to world class preportions.

Hitler had to attack Russia in order to make this dream a reality and the subsequent unplanned for World War only made the need for that attack more urgent. This is an alternate view to what many feel was "a blunder" by Hitler (aka attacking Russia) The assumption is, had he not done that, the T. Reich might have lasted longer. Maybe....but even had it, it would have been a shadow visiage of what Hitler meant to build in his lifetime and he knew the clock was ticking.

This isn't to say there wasn't indecision. Hitler in fact spent weeks mulling over "what to do next" But inevitably the economic and geopolitical situation compelled him to attack Russia before the USA could intervene.

Warspite1

Okay so we are on the same wave-length (see post 3). I am looking forward to the book which should arrive tomorrow or Saturday - thanks for the tip.

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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/12/2012 12:32:22 PM   
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ORIGINAL: warspite1
All makes sense except the conclusion in the last sentence. From what I've read Lebensraum was Hitler's raison d'etre. The fact that subsequent economic realities made that attack a necessity does not alter that fact. In addition, the conquests of 39-40 were not done because Hitler ideally wanted to - Poland aside - but in response to Britain and France standing up to him. The fact that they did not make Germany better off resource wise? - well they weren't supposed to. He would have preferred Britain and France butt out and leave him to tackle Russia.

The subsequent conquering of Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and France was due to what Hitler felt he had to do - and in the case of Yugoslavia (to a lesser extent) and Greece, because of the actions of that buffoon Mussolini. The goal, at least in Hitler's mind, was always the Soviet Union, wasn't it?


But subsequent economic realities didn't make the attack a necessity, only further added to the urgency of said attack. Yes, Lebensraum was a central piece of Hitler's New Order ideology, but the root cause is deeper still. Why Lebansraum? to allow the German people and the economy to expand to world class preportions.

Hitler had to attack Russia in order to make this dream a reality and the subsequent unplanned for World War only made the need for that attack more urgent. This is an alternate view to what many feel was "a blunder" by Hitler (aka attacking Russia) The assumption is, had he not done that, the T. Reich might have lasted longer. Maybe....but even had it, it would have been a shadow visiage of what Hitler meant to build in his lifetime and he knew the clock was ticking.

This isn't to say there wasn't indecision. Hitler in fact spent weeks mulling over "what to do next" But inevitably the economic and geopolitical situation compelled him to attack Russia before the USA could intervene.

Warspite1

Okay so we are on the same wave-length (see post 3). I am looking forward to the book which should arrive tomorrow or Saturday - thanks for the tip.
Warspite1

Ostkrieg arrived today Read the preface and have high hopes for this one

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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/14/2012 9:50:29 PM   
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W1, how's "Ostkrieg"? Made any progress?

By the way, I'd like to say I think it's really nice this thread didn't turn into a Glantzian love-fest.

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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/14/2012 9:52:44 PM   
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W1, how's "Ostkrieg"? Made any progress?

By the way, I'd like to say I think it's really nice this thread didn't turn into a Glantzian love-fest.
Warspite1

Yes, you know when you pick up a book and you think? "Oh yes!" Normally that's Playboy, but in this case it happened with Ostkrieg. Just finishing the first chapter and it is so far, so excellent .

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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/14/2012 10:09:39 PM   
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W1, how's "Ostkrieg"? Made any progress?

By the way, I'd like to say I think it's really nice this thread didn't turn into a Glantzian love-fest.
Warspite1

Yes, you know when you pick up a book and you think? "Oh yes!" Normally that's Playboy, but in this case it happened with Ostkrieg. Just finishing the first chapter and it is so far, so excellent .


Well never forget those of us on this thread that "told you so". I am going to re-read it soon.

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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 5/14/2012 10:21:01 PM   
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ORIGINAL: parusski


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ORIGINAL: nate25

W1, how's "Ostkrieg"? Made any progress?

By the way, I'd like to say I think it's really nice this thread didn't turn into a Glantzian love-fest.
Warspite1

Yes, you know when you pick up a book and you think? "Oh yes!" Normally that's Playboy, but in this case it happened with Ostkrieg. Just finishing the first chapter and it is so far, so excellent .


Well never forget those of us on this thread that "told you so". I am going to re-read it soon.
Warspite1

I never do - I have read some good books, seen some good films and listened to some good music thanks to tips from threadsters.

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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 7/1/2012 9:55:33 AM   
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"Ostkrieg. Hitler's War of Extermination in the East"


The author went beyond what is normally written about. One example is Operation Typhoon. We all know about the horrible winter conditions, mud, Siberian divisions. But here is an analysis of the enormous physical and mental exhaustion of German troops, the lice and the filth, all connected with what is usually discussed. Also reviewed is Hitler's idea to be on par with or exceed the United States' economic capability(odd considering Hitler thought America decadent?). Hitler thought he could achieve this with the vast resources in Russia. There is a great analysis of the German home front as the war progressed, which led to unthinkable things such as Hungarian Jews being imported into Germany for labor.

Finally, Dr. Fritz shows how the Germans never had the logistic capabilities or the strategic resources to defeat the Russians. Fritz does an outstanding job of showing that the Germans just were not strong enough to win if Russia did not simply give up at some point. And he contends the Germans lost the war by December 1941. This is a must read for most of us on this forum.



Thanks for that. I shall check out the library asap.

Best wishes,
Steve
Warspite1

Shunwick - did you ever get this, and if so, what did you think?

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RE: Operation Barbarossa - 7/1/2012 6:27:05 PM   
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ORIGINAL: warspite1


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ORIGINAL: shunwick


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ORIGINAL: parusski

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"Ostkrieg. Hitler's War of Extermination in the East"


The author went beyond what is normally written about. One example is Operation Typhoon. We all know about the horrible winter conditions, mud, Siberian divisions. But here is an analysis of the enormous physical and mental exhaustion of German troops, the lice and the filth, all connected with what is usually discussed. Also reviewed is Hitler's idea to be on par with or exceed the United States' economic capability(odd considering Hitler thought America decadent?). Hitler thought he could achieve this with the vast resources in Russia. There is a great analysis of the German home front as the war progressed, which led to unthinkable things such as Hungarian Jews being imported into Germany for labor.

Finally, Dr. Fritz shows how the Germans never had the logistic capabilities or the strategic resources to defeat the Russians. Fritz does an outstanding job of showing that the Germans just were not strong enough to win if Russia did not simply give up at some point. And he contends the Germans lost the war by December 1941. This is a must read for most of us on this forum.



Thanks for that. I shall check out the library asap.

Best wishes,
Steve
Warspite1

Shunwick - did you ever get this, and if so, what did you think?


Warspite1,

Damn. I forgot all about that. I ordered it from the library but it hasn't arrived yet.

I shall have to spank some of the library girls.

Best wishes,
Steve

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