- Jan 2014
I didn’t say they’d surrender (!!) just be more willing to negotiate.They were freaking out because they figured the Germans would try for Moscow again so placed most of their reserves there. When the Germans went to the Caucasus instead, they were hoodwinked.
Operationally and tactically panicking doesn't mean they would surrender as a nation.
My plan calls for no attack on Stalingrad, stronger defenses along the Don and Volga, cutting of Volga traffic as was done historically and a somewhat stronger effort in the Caucasus to take Grozny and bomb Baku. Loss of oil for the Soviets would also make them more willing to negotiate and strengthen the German bargaining position.So your improved plan is to do nearly exactly what actually happened? The Germans couldn't even get to Grozny. You should research why.
But in this scenario the Germans, spared most of the losses of 1942, 1943 and early 1944, are tremendously stronger both defensively and offensively.If you try to hold western German border, same thing happens. A gigantic fire support plan and assault eventually rips a hole through the West Wall and inside Germany. Or the big ambush offensive, which is just copying the Ardenne offensive of 44, wears out the defenders to make it even easier.
Unfortunately the positives are outweighed by the negatives of fighting close to allied air bases with longer lines of communication, and battleships....And you still ignore all the positives of holding France. Like strategic depth. Like industry. Like natural resources. Like high ...
Lol just use the same code word that misled the allies in real life—wacht Im Rhein or some such.British still broke Enigma. Which means any secret attempt to move at least one army group to attack western allies, that's going to get detected.
No you’re misunderstanding or misrepresenting my views.How are you getting peace in 42? Your plan is to do the nearly exact thing that actually happened in 42. Send too few Germans too far into the Caucasus.