Murder: Hitler's Bad Decisions Turned Eastern Europe Into Utter Hell

August 1, 2020 Topic: Security Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: Adolf HitlerNazi GermanyRussiaWarWorld War II

Murder: Hitler's Bad Decisions Turned Eastern Europe Into Utter Hell

Even if they could have reached terms, neither Germany nor the USSR could have regarded a cease-fire as anything but a temporary expedient.

The Final Salvo

Germany’s fatal error was a misunderstanding of the strength of the Soviet state, as well as the increasing quality of Soviet military equipment.  The assumptions that underlay the German war, and the arguments that justified it to the German public, made it nearly impossible to adopt the only strategy that might have had a chance of working. Knocking the USSR out of the war in the same way that they had knocked France out of the war was almost impossible given geographic reality.  Yet, by the end of 1941 Germany faced an unbeatable Allied coalition that swiftly undercut its ability to wage total war in the East. 

Robert Farley is a senior lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. Follow him on Twitter:@drfarls. This article first appeared last year.

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