"It is pointless to consider any battle critically without relating it to the precise circumstances and conditions prevailing at the time and place. This may be a truism, but military critics more often than not ignore it. Recollecting in the tranquility of their studies an engagement at which they were not preset, they will murmur placidly that 'more divisions should have been thrown in' or 'more boldness might have been shown'. A commander's decisions can be properly appraised only if they are set against the background of the exact and peculiar circumstances, atmosphere, climatic conditions, and pressure under which they are made." ~Fred Majdalany in 'Cassino: Portrait of a Battle' on page 108 I think this passage applies quite well to these forums, especially when discussing WW2 related themes, especially battles and strategies etc. I find that we are quite removed from the events and its easy for us to paint a different picture in hindsight (oh, if X had done Y, then Z would have been the result). I feel like we don't always look at the big picture or paint with too broad a brush. There are socio-economic, political and cultural reasons behind every decision.