- Jan 2015
- Rupert's Land ;)
But Hitler doesn't want to 'liquidate the British Empire', he wants to destroy the Russians. The entire point to WW2 was the German invasion of Russia - the creation of Lebensraum based on Polish and Russian territory is one of the founding tenants of Nazi ideology (not to mention of Hitler's personal ideology). Why would Hitler ally with the Russians? What does Germany get out of it? Hitler is not going to trade the possibility of the Ukraine and Belorussia - the breadbaskets of Russia - for Irag or Syria, especially when he would be dependant on moving his forces thousands of miles through Russian territory to get there. The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was a marriage of convenience, and both sides entered it knowing one of them was probably going to break it at some point.
The Axis in general suffer from poor logistics.
Italians in North & West Africa, Japanese in Burma/India and Germans had severe logistics problems.
Soviets trying to project armies through Persia & Afganistan is not an operation that I'd have much confidence in.