ORIGINAL: mike scholl 1
ORIGINAL: Uncivil Engineer
From what i have read and heard Hitler was actually annoyed at the Japanese for PH. Hitler, who had previously declared the Japanese "Honorary Aryans" claimed that this is what happens when your allies are not Anglo-Saxons.
I think he felt it was far to soon the last thing he wanted at that time was for America to directly enter the war. Also as wdolson mentioned it meant the Russians could redeploy troops against Germany again something Hitler would not have wanted. PH probably did more to harm the Axis chances of victory than any single event. If the Japanese had held of for a year or so things might have been different, probably a much tougher struggle for the allies.
Not likely. With another year of prep time and more intel from the broken IJN codes, it's possible that a delayed Pearl Harbor could have been a replay of the original Midway. A one year delay would likely help the US more than the Japanese, IMO.
Once the US embargoed OIL, the Japanese were on a downward slope. Their stockpiles started to dwindle and they could easily calculate the point at which a war of expansion to the South and East would become impossible. They might still have attacked Russia..., but Russia didn't offer the resources they so desperately needed. For the Japs it was basically "Go now.., or give up"!
The oil embargo was the final straw for Japan as mike has pointed out. By the autumn of 41 the time for intervention against the Soviet Union had passed, and the Army fell into line with the Navy's way of thinking.
Japan had also received two drubbings from the Russians in the late 30's.
One of the major reasons why Hitler supported his allies and declared war on the USA was to get the jump on US shipping in the North Atlantic.....the U-Boats second 'happy time'.
Hitler had envisaged a Grand Strategy of crushing the Soviets from both East and West, but it never got any further than his fevered imagination.
Our lives may be more boring than those who lived in apocalyptic times,
but being bored is greatly preferable to being prematurely dead because of some ideological fantasy. - Michael Burleigh