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  1. John

    Why Nazis Lost the War

    True. As it was, it took the Russians well over 12 months of fighting the Germans before they could gradually start matching it with them in terms of tactics, which they were learning from the Germans. Any attempted Russian invasion of Germany, prior to that, would have soon ended in a biblical scale disaster for the Russians & Stalin. Hitler managed to hold his people together with him to the bitter end the same way Stalin held things together during the crisis in front of Moscow...Through fear. By making his people more afraid of him & his loyal henchmen, than they were of the enemy. Summarily shooting or hanging anyone who dares to chicken out of the fight, no doubt, a very effective method.
  2. John

    Why Nazis Lost the War

    Hitlers overall plan at the beginning was to catch the world by surprise & conquer it, step by step, as quickly as possible before the world had a chance to realise the danger & prepare for it. This process was going along perfectly until the day he marched his troops into Prague, after having declared to the world that he only wants to reunite germans and has no further territorial demands to make in Europe. The western world realised from this that Hitler was just a big dangerous liar. As far as I know, Hitlers only private comment at the time was, "Dont worry, in 2 weeks no one will talk about it". Hitlers failure to realise he had let his own cat out of the bag, left him baffled just over a year later when he expected the British would surely come to his peace table after his stunning victory over France & the BEF. He couldnt figure out the real reason Churchill was able to convince the British to hold out & refuse terms, despite their hopeless position. He still didnt realise the damage he had done to his own world reputation the previous year in Prague. He began to think that British stubbornness must surely be based on other factors, like Russia. If Hitler had paid more attention to the damage he had done by allowing himself to get caught telling a big lie, he would have realised the urgency to finish Britain off first, before completing his conquest of the rest of France, after Dunkirk. I think this was the first of Hitlers many big mistakes which cost him the war. He had told a big fat lie to the world, and got caught, but he didnt (want to?) realise it. This is where I think Chamberlain unwittingly played his part in Hitlers undoing. His unexpected intervention in the Czech crisis had forced Hitler to pause, to behave himself, to give false assurances to the world, which would later come back to haunt his progress.
  3. John

    Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    Ive got 2 books that describe Hitlers letters to Stalin, two of them, in the lead up to his invasion of Russia. (Ive got them buried somewhere) I havent tried it, but I suppose you could google up Hitlers letters to Stalin & read them for yourself. Whether these letters are genuine or not, I think , is still being debated. But I believe they are. They are brilliantly written, you would think ,to fool a suspicious dictator like Stalin. If they are just forgeries, then the forger was an absolute genius at putting himself in Hitlers likely frame of mind, at the time. Hitlers final letter just weeks before the invasion tries to calm Stalins fears of german troop build up on his border making out they are only there to avoid British bombing & are intended for the invasion of England. He asks Stalin not to react to any border provocation, and says he looks forward to his meeting with Stalin in person in July. These letters, if genuine, I think, perfectly explain Stalins behaviour in the lead up to the invasion & his hesitancy for the first few days after it began.
  4. John

    Why are you interested in War History?

    I had an idea you might come back with that one. But my focus is on the second world war period, and who was the most dangerous bad guy on the international stage, during that period. Stalin showed himself to be similar to Hitler, attacking the Finns & other small countries on his border with Hitlers new empire. But it was clear he was more concerned with protecting his own turf, rather than conquering the world, at that point in time. Two monstrous bad guys. The world had to choose which one to take sides with, and which one more urgently needed to be eliminated. Not a nice choice to have to make. But they made the right choice, even if they did have to pay the price of a cold war afterwards.
  5. John

    Why are you interested in War History?

    Like I said, my focus is on the second world war period of history. Every different period of history has its bad guys, and in the second world war in Europe, Hitler was by far the bad guy.
  6. John

    Why are you interested in War History?

    I havent looked into all that. I dont doubt it though. I know that the British over history havent always been angels. Its a sad fact that with any country or major institution (like the Catholic Church) with a long history, there will be periods during their history where their leadership falls into the wrong hands, and bad things happen. My focus is on the second world war period of history.
  7. John

    Why are you interested in War History?

    To understand how so many Germans could just kill so many innocent people in cold blood, without a care, you have to understand psychopathic people, who are in fact still all around us. The difference between todays psychopaths & those who operated under Hitlers rules, was Hitlers rules themselves. Hitler, being the ultimate psychopath, not only allowed evil to flourish within his realm, he actually encouraged it, even ordered it, with the threat of dire consequences for anyone caught refusing to do it, and promotions for those who were willing. With these sort of conditions, it wasnt long before many psychopathic types in Germany came out of the woodwork to take on tasks that any normal person of empathy & moral standards would not dare think about.
  8. John

    Why are you interested in War History?

    I read all kinds of books on ww2 & collect documentaries. Many have a slightly different point of view here & there. I recently bought a DVD series "Soviet Storm", made in Russia & remade in English. Excellent series on the German Russian war. I also have most of the DVD set of the "Battlefield" series which are also excellent & informative. I thought Lawrence Oliviers documentaries were good, but they tended to lean a bit heavily on the emotional side of the story. I prefer just neutral fact telling documentaries.
  9. John

    Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    Yes, I have that Fritz Todt story in one of my ww2 books. it was said that Hitler, instead of exploding in anger, as he usually did to anyone who dared to suggest the situation was hopeless, held his temper & asked in reply "How do you suggest I finish this war"?? (or something like that). Fritz Todt died soon after in suspicious circumstances when his plane blew up after take off.
  10. John

    Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    Ah hah, your impression that Hitler didnt want to win, has hit on another one of my theories. Its a long chronological story leading up to this, too long to explain here. I am pretty sure Hitler first realised he was going to lose his war, within a week of having declared war on the USA. That was the exact point when it first dawned on him. I am absolutely sure he spent the last three and a half years of the war, knowing full well, deep inside, that he was never going to win it. But, of course, he could never admit this to anyone, knowing that if he did, it would spread like wildfire down the ranks & his people would refuse to fight any more, he would be toppled from power, lose all his control over his people, and no doubt be handed over to his enemies as part of the surrender terms. In other words, he knew a fate far worse than death awaited him, if his people stopped fighting. He also knew, no doubt, that he couldnt keep his people fighting on forever for such an obviously lost war, that if it dragged on for too long, there was a good chance his people would rebel & mutiny (every evil dictators greatest fear) I think his whole aim for the last years of the war, was to put off his own inevitable end for as long as he could, but at the same time, not daring to stretch out the process for too long, for fear of eventual mutiny. To fulfil both these opposite aims, he was happy to sacrifice millions of his own troops in pointless last stands of defiance. He also hoped his lucky star would come and save him at the last moment, which was another reason why he was partly eager to get there. Anyway, thats my theory.
  11. John

    Why are you interested in War History?

    I envy you Joris. You are living in the perfect place to visit WW2 sites & museums. My dad was a tail end gunner in a Liberator, sent to bomb Hitlers Ploiesty oilfields in Romania, for the British. My Grandad who lived with us till he passed away when I was 16, was involved in both world wars. I dearly wish they were both still alive, apart from obvious reasons, so that I could ask them endless questions about their wartime experiences. They told me bits & pieces, but I was too young & stupid to see the full significance of it all. Im now in my mid 50s, and since my mid to late 20s, Ive had an incurable obsession with world war 2. I often ask myself why I never get bored of it. I cant quite figure out the answer. One of the first series of ww2 documentaries I bought in the 80s, was the American wartime documentary 8 part series, "Why we fight". It was a propaganda series to motivate people to fight the nazis, by explaining in detail how dangerous & evil they were. I think its propaganda message must have had its effect on me. Ever since watching it, Ive had a passion to follow every story on how Hitler & the nazis were beaten.
  12. John

    Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    I can fully understand how Hitler & the germans were supremely overconfident at the start of the battle. What makes me wonder, is how, in front of Moscow, despite having eliminated & surrounded well over a million more soviet troops in the previous weeks, bringing the overall tally, so far, to over 3 million, he managed to convince himself that surely there cant be any more. Im thinking the population count, alone, should have warned him, at that point, that there must surely be more.....???
  13. John

    Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    Yes, I knew about the Siberian army. 70s Russia must have been a dangerous place for a westerner to visit. Hopefully things have improved nowadays under Putin ??? Theres no country on earth that could have more reason to be prouder of their military history, than Russia. I have another question to ask ..... Could Russia have won the war against Hitler, without Stalin at the helm ?????(Given his ruthless preparations for war, despite his purges & bunglings for the first 6 months of it) I suppose another way to put the question, is to ask "Could any other war leader, in Stalins position, achieved final victory over the Nazis, using nicer means & more humane methods than Stalin did ???? Given that any war leader in Stalins position would have to be a successful politician as well, in order to achieve the top rank of "commander in chief". (Which would rule out Zhukov, because he was a military minded person, not a politician)
  14. John

    Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    MMmmm...Im not sure here how I respond to each message. This site works a bit differently. Good to see plenty of people here who've done plenty of homework on these topics. Its my dream to visit Russia one day (as long as its safe to do so) and see all their WW2 museums & visit some of their main battlefields. Per Christian Veberg... From all appearances, it certainly looked like the Russians had run out of manpower in front of Moscow. (Apart from the siberians used in the surprise counter offensive.) Yet, over the next 3 years of war, Stalin still somehow managed to find many millions more troops to throw into the line. Where he found them, I dont know. it makes me wonder where all these new troops were at the time of crisis for Moscow. Its fascinating how with all the massive losses, day after day, the Russian war machine, instead of decreasing in size, seemed to be actually increasing, as time went on.
  15. John

    Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    True, but Hitler had a slightly different plan in mind. He wanted to eradicate the vast majority of "undesirables" first, leaving only the ones that could be used for slave labour, and then populate the country with "aryans". But this was only of secondary importance to him. His priority aim was to destroy Soviet power & steal their resources to empower his own war machine still further, for battles that still lay ahead. Not that the British behaved like "angels" in their rule over India. (from what Ive read), but Hitler was far worse, of course.
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