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What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?  

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  1. 1. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    • Launching Operation Barbarossa
      82
    • Not pulling out of Stalingrad
      12
    • Launching the battle for Kursk
      2
    • North African Campaign
      5
    • Invading the Balkans in the spring of 1941
      5
    • Let Dunkirk happen
      17
    • Other... (add below)
      25


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On ‎30‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 3:23 PM, George Collins said:

The worst mistake for Hitler was to enter the Pact with Stalin, which he thought would provide him with an easy path for invading Poland, but in fact ensured that he would face a multi-front war. In Viktor Suvorov's words, sitting at the negotiating table with Stalin was like sitting at the poker table with a professional cheat. 

Hitler did very well - surprisingly well - during 1941-42. Hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers surrendered. No-one at the time dared to believe, even hope, that something like Stalingrad would take place. Till then, Blitzkrieg paid off. It probably had even greater potential if Hitler had either (1) concentrated his army and taken Moscow more or less intact; or (2) concentrated his army and gone south, securing the oil fields there. It was his grandiose Will that told him to fight on a hopelessly broad and deep front that led to his armies' defeat. - At least, this is the impression I have - a non-expert on military matters! - I think Hitler was fooled by his early successes into thinking that Blitzkrieg would succeed forever. In Moscow, many German soldiers could have sheltered from the Russian winter. 

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Another big mistake was not getting Spain on board, which meant that Gibraltar remained in use as a military outpost for the Allies. 

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13 hours ago, Gunnar Sivertsen said:

Hitler did very well - surprisingly well - during 1941-42. Hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers surrendered. 

Actually, POWs were in the millions. But the most notable numbers are those of the lost RKKA assets. By the end of September, RKKA lost over 15 thousand tanks (almost 5 times the amount of ALL Wehrmacht tanks in the theater), over 66 thousand of artillery pieces and mortars, over 10 thousand planes and almost 4 million pieces of small arms. Mind boggling. And yet, German Munitions Minister Fritz Todt told Hitler that the war was lost before the end of the year. Yes, Hitler did surprisingly well, but he would lose the war nevertheless. So, it looks to me that at the end of 1940 he found himself in a strategic pickle, he gambled and the gamble would not pay off.  

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Invading Poland is seen as the actual beginning of WW2 so it is a big mistake for the world. Invading Poland (by it's self) had very little adverse effect on Germany or it's plans to occupy Europe. Without a doubt Hitler's biggest mistake was invading Russia before he had totally dominated Western Europe especially England. 

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Dave,

I think you have summed it up well. Hitler seemed to get carried away with himself and as in the early stages of the war, he seemed unstoppable. He had an innate fear of tackling England and put off and put off operation Sealion.

We have to remember of course Dr. Goebbel's part in pushing for total war and while Hitler did not take kindly to being told what to do it must have had an effect on his decisions - wrong decisions.

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