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Actually, I think not. Hitler HAD to attack USSR because it
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:57am
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was in his soul to destroy Slavs, just as he wanted to destroy Jews. He would have waited until the weather was colder and German military would not bog down in mud. (1941 winter was quite warm compared to normal.) He would have saved up oil from Soviet shipments until he had enough to take over USSR. That way, Germany would not have had to depend upon horse transport. Yes, horse transport. During WW2 on the Eastern Front, German transport was primarily horse drawn because they were short of petroleum.

But he HAD to attack USSR, not for rational reasons, but because of the insane hatred that burned inside him. He was incapable of taking the smart way out.

He had already won WW2 when he attacked USSR. He controlled all of non-Soviet Europe either directly or through allies such as Spain. The UK had been beaten into numbness. So, what did Hitler do? He pulled a double whammy.

On June 22, 1941, Hitler invaded USSR.
On December 10, 1941, Hitler declared war on USA.

He thereby turned one great ally and one powerful neutral into enemies one after the other. No sane person could have done that.

DFM

  • From a strategic point of view? Sprout, Tue Aug 29 7:34pm
    I think he would probably altered his timeline and consolidated his western front before engaging Russia. And certainly would not have overreached into the Russian winter without proper logistical... more
    • Actually, I think not. Hitler HAD to attack USSR because it — DFM, Wed Aug 30 9:57am
      • IMO he certainly miscalculated his nations ability to fight a two front war, especially through winter. So, knowing that he LOST because of that miscalculation, what would he do DIFFERENTLY? IMO he... more
        • My responses in detail.DFM, Wed Aug 30 5:20pm
          But was he required to attack the USSR at that time? It was whenever his psychotic mind said to do it. IMO he certainly miscalculated his nations ability to fight a two front war, especially through... more
          • The second front started on D-day...Sprout, Wed Aug 30 5:56pm
            I would think that consolidating Europe as a whole before engaging the US would have given him a lot better chance of resisting a trans-atlantic invasion. This would have included securing Soviet... more
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