Is it possible to execute the same type of operations as Hitler did in real life, and still the war?
By the way! ;) I'm currently reading a book by B. H. Liddell Hart named "The Other Side of The Hill". It's a British officer/historian interviewing German commanders just after the war, receiving their thoughts on different operations during the war. People like von Rundstedt, Manteuffel, Model and Blumentritt are among those who are questioned about their impressions of the war and how they thought about Hitler, the Red Army and many other aspects of the conflict.
Now, In the book von Rundstedt is being asked how he thought "Operation Barbarossa" should have been executed from the beginning. He said that it probablt was a mistake to even think of attacking in the south in 1941, and that he thought the main effort should have been concentrated on capturing Leningrad and perhaps Moscow as soon as possible. Ironically, he was the one commanding Army Group South in 1941, thus his own thoughts made his command obsolete in theory.
My question is, do you agree with Rundstedt (the real one I mean) on the theory to attack Leningrad and Moscow, while almost ignoring the Ukraine and Caucasus? Personally, I've always thought a swift and powerful offensive directed towards Caucasus in 1941 could have ended the war by mid-1942. What do tou think?
Best regards, Rundstedt :D
[ July 24, 2001: Message edited by: Rundstedt ]
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