- Jan 2011
While there is much truth in your statement, there is the matter of timing... Even if his end goal (and I am not really sure that was his end goal, but rather the path to his 1000 year reich, itself the ultimate end goal) was to attack the USSR there is no compelling reason to do it in 1941.... yes there was a window of opportunity on one hand, but on the other hand he could have waited to have a settlement in the west (btw did he think German would occupy France and the low countries for 1000 years ? ) ..... and with his rear secure, build up his strength, perhaps even get even more countries on board with his anti bolshevik crusade....Your last question is an internal contradiction I hear often. WWII in Europe was all but over in 1941 without Hitler attacking the USSR. So yes all he had to do was nothing and he won WWII, in 1940 the war was covered as basically the Germans winning, the end, Hitler chose to flip that book to a new page. But invading the USSR wasn't a means to an end, it's the end itself. You can't negotiate with people about their end goals so of course he was going to attack the USSR. So it's hard to call it a mistake, we just think his end goal was stupid but that was his end goal and while there's things he could have done different to change the outcome the biggest thing he could have done was to not be him and not have his homicidal goals in the first place. .