Why Nazis Lost the War in Second World War (1939 - 1945) Posted November 15, 2017 2 hours ago, Ron Walker said: I think that the above might be summed up in a single phrase: "Hitler couldn't tell tactics from strategy". Blitzkrieg was a concept plagiarised at fourth hand from the British. originally called "Plan 1919". If Germany had not capitulated at the end of 1918, Britain, France and the USA, with total air-superiority would have smashed through the German lines, using hundreds of tanks (and prototypical Armoured Personnel Carriers) and then spread out sideways (a tactical move christened "Expanding torrents" by its inventors) creating a situation where the German Army would have collapsed. Germany in 1918 was bankrupt. Running low on men, low on manufacturing capability and most crucially, very low on food.That made it fragile: just ONE major defeat would have been all that was needed. So "Plan 1919" was designed as a tool to be used against an already fatally weakened enemy. (Which makes it a tactical solution, not a strategic one, although it would almost certainly have achieved a strategic goal.) Hitler was a "one trick pony": ALL he had were "tactical" solutions. Capable, when used against a weak enemy, of delivering a strategic knock-out blow, but NOT capable of doing so against (for example) The British Empire or USSR. If you can't knock out the enemy with a brief "sucker punch", then you need a new plan. And Germany really didn't have one. Had Hitler been an trained and educated General instead of a Corporal, things might have been different.