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Was Hitler right to attack the USSR in 1941?

Discussion in 'Eastern Europe October 1939 to February 1943' started by British-Empire, Jan 16, 2010.

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Was Hitler right to attack the USSR in 1941?

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  1. steverodgers801

    steverodgers801 Member

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    Hitler planned for war with the Soviets in the 20. Stalin was hoping for a nice protracted war between the west and Germany that would exhaust Germany and make it a nice easy capture in 1943 or so, but there were no plans for war in 1941, The Soviet army was simply unready
     
  2. Sloniksp

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    Agreed
     
  3. belasar

    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    Frankly I do not see any pre-emptive strike by the USSR lest Germany was in extremis as that was out of character for them. The history of the SU shows that counties targeted without 'just' cause were considered generally too weak to fend off any Soviet adventurism.
     
  4. GunSlinger86

    GunSlinger86 Well-Known Member

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    Why wouldn't the total conquest of the Mediterranean/North Africa pushing past Egypt into the Middle East at the Southern Flank of Russia not work? Because of lack of logistics/transport and the terrain?
     
  5. green slime

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    I refer you to the thread you earlier started on this topic, "Hitler's Strategy", and a certain post made therein.
     
  6. General Vatutin

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    Clearly the Wermacht was unprepared to take on the Red Army in 1941, and was utterly unprepared for winter warfare. If Barbarossa was launched after Rommel conquered Egypt and palestine, a Blitzkrieg attack through Ukraine and Belarus, coupled with an advance through the caucuses would have done better to destableize the USSR.

    Food for thought, though; Would Turkey and Iran have offered Military support against the USSR if Rommel had taken Palestine?
     
  7. green slime

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    Exactly what "military support" are you proposing Iran gives? They were invaded and the Northern part of the country was crushed by Soviet troops in just a few days simultaneously as the Soviets were fighting the Germans in '41. More than a 1,000 Soviet tanks. Just wondering.
     
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    Fair point, but lack of military preparedness did not stop Yugoslavia from combating the axis powers. I am not suggesting Iranian troops would be a large factor in such a scenario, but they would be a factor.
     
  9. Sloniksp

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    Germany go into Africa prior to Barbarossa?

    Sovier Uniom would be a little better prepared.
     
  10. green slime

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    Would you mind terribly reducing the font size of your advert, or are you fantastically committed to advertising for the blind?
     
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    alexander wolfstein New Member

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    I'm absolutely sure the fall of USSR would be a devastating disaster in morale of defence of great Britain
     
  12. Brian Smith

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    It depends on which side you sit;

    From Germany's perspective no, it lost them the war,
    From England's perspective yes, see above.
     

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