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Old January 28th, 2017, 12:01 AM   #51

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Old January 28th, 2017, 12:31 AM   #52

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Unexpected invasion,no doubt .Stalin knew war was coming and was preparing for it,but didn't want anything in 1941.If the soveits had to fight they wouldn't have done so before 1943 when their reorganization would have been complete.
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Given that Nazi policy, both foreign and domestic, was underpinned by racial doctrine, and it is recorded in history that the practical details of this policy amounted to acquiring land in the east; then it is fair to assume that the German invasion of the Soviet Union was inevitable.

The pact certainly suited the Russians too, as it gave them a buffer and time, but given that the Russians had no interest in German lands, then I think it is fair to say an invasion of Germany simply wasn't on the Russian radar.
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Old January 28th, 2017, 02:10 AM   #54

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Hitler's blunders did more harm than the Russian winter and Soviet resistance to fatally hinder a longer lasting initial success. He delayed the Barbarossa campaign to punish Czechoslovakia causing winter to be a factor much sooner than necessary, he failed to equip his army with winter clothing, and halted the advance on Moscow in order to divert attention to Leningrad thus both weakening his forces and providing the Russians with crucial time to organize a much more effective defense of Moscow and bring in reinforcements from Siberia.
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Hitler also had to fix Mussolini's blunders in the Balkans. Yugoslav coup d'etat brought pro-British goverment to power and Greece was already hostile. This also delayed Barbarossa, and the resistance movements in both Yugoslavia and Greece soon appeared.
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Old January 28th, 2017, 06:29 AM   #56

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Hitler's blunders did more harm than the Russian winter and Soviet resistance to fatally hinder a longer lasting initial success. He delayed the Barbarossa campaign to punish Czechoslovakia causing winter to be a factor much sooner than necessary, he failed to equip his army with winter clothing, and halted the advance on Moscow in order to divert attention to Leningrad thus both weakening his forces and providing the Russians with crucial time to organize a much more effective defense of Moscow and bring in reinforcements from Siberia.
He wanted to punish Yugoslavia in 1941, and not Czechoslovakia ! Czechoslovakia had stopped existing by May 1941.
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Old January 28th, 2017, 06:32 AM   #57

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He wanted to punish Yugoslavia in 1941, and not Czechoslovakia ! Czechoslovakia had stopped existing by May 1941.
Ironically, while destroying the Yugoslav kingdom, Hitler's troops soon faced with resistance movements across the country, and Yugoslavia became a bigger problem than in 1941.
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Operation Barbarossa - A Preemptive Attack or an Unexpected Invasion?


Weather can be a bitch. Rains came early. Bad roads turn to mud. Hard to fwd deploy the airforce when the planes can't land.

Wrong oil in the crankcase & the engines won't turn over when it gets cold.

Sometimes a whole bunch of little things muck up the works.

But damn if not for having to deal w the pesky Czechs again!


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Hitler also had to fix Mussolini's blunders in the Balkans. Yugoslav coup d'etat brought pro-British goverment to power
That was hardly Musso's fault, it was Hitlers choice to attack there.
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That was hardly Musso's fault, it was Hitlers choice to attack there.
Well, Mussolini screwed up in Greece. Axis positions in the Balkans were already shaky, Hitler had to intervene.
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