Operation Typhoon

Commander

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,362
Jacksonville, FL
#1
1941 : Operation Typhoon is launched

On this day in 1941, the Germans begin their surge to Moscow, led by the 1st Army Group and Gen. Fedor von Bock. Russian peasants in the path of Hitler's army employ a "scorched-earth" policy.

Hitler's forces had invaded the Soviet Union in June, and early on it had become one relentless push inside Russian territory. The first setback came in August, when the Red Army's tanks drove the Germans back from the Yelnya salient. Hitler confided to General Bock at the time: "Had I known they had as many tanks as that, I'd have thought twice before invading." But there was no turning back for Hitler--he believed he was destined to succeed where others had failed, and capture Moscow.

Although some German generals had warned Hitler against launching Operation Typhoon as the harsh Russian winter was just beginning, remembering the fate that befell Napoleon--who got bogged down in horrendous conditions, losing serious numbers of men and horses--Bock urged him on. This encouragement, coupled with the fact that the Germany army had taken the city of Kiev in late September, caused Hitler to declare, "The enemy is broken and will never be in a position to rise again." So for 10 days, starting October 2, the 1st Army Group drove east, drawing closer to the Soviet capital each day. But the Russians also remembered Napoleon and began destroying everything as they fled their villages, fields, and farms. Harvested crops were burned, livestock were driven away, and buildings were blown up, leaving nothing of value behind to support exhausted troops. Hitler's army inherited nothing but ruins.
 
Sep 2006
1,453
Korea (but I'm American!)
#4
I think the Germans could have succeeded in 1941, had they not wasted time in Yugoslavia and Greece.(Which of course, was Mussolini's fault.) With friends like these, who needs enemies.

Also, Hitler was right to invade the Soviet Union. By 1943 or 1944, the Soviet Union, would probably have become stronger than Germany and Stalin probably would have decided to eliminate Germany himself. Barbarossa was a gamble, but in reality, Germany had no other choice, seeing as how there were only two powers left on the continent.
 

MrStoff1989

Historum Emeritas
Aug 2006
844
Tennessee
#5
Dr Realism said:
I think the Germans could have succeeded in 1941, had they not wasted time in Yugoslavia and Greece.(Which of course, was Mussolini's fault.) With friends like these, who needs enemies.

Also, Hitler was right to invade the Soviet Union. By 1943 or 1944, the Soviet Union, would probably have become stronger than Germany and Stalin probably would have decided to eliminate Germany himself. Barbarossa was a gamble, but in reality, Germany had no other choice, seeing as how there were only two powers left on the continent.

Thank god that never happened.
 

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