WW2: What If The Germans Captured Moscow

Futurist

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May 2014
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1941 , before the red army had gathered sufficient strength to launch a counteroffensive or fight the Wehrmacht to a standstill.
Nazi Germany wins the war in the East only to get defeated and destroyed after the U.S. launches a rain of nuclear fire against it several years later.
 

Space Shark

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Mar 2012
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1941 , before the red army had gathered sufficient strength to launch a counteroffensive or fight the Wehrmacht to a standstill.
If the Germans are able to blitz the USSR that fast, it may find itself trying to put down a dozen different resistance movements. This could tie down as many troops as in OTL, mot to mention whatever rump state sets itself up with Siberian industry.
 

paranoid marvin

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Aug 2015
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Nazi Germany wins the war in the East only to get defeated and destroyed after the U.S. launches a rain of nuclear fire against it several years later.
Why would the Americans destroy Germany? A nuclear-devastated Europe does not benefit them in any way. If the Germans beat Russia, terms would be agreed with the US.
 

Belgarion

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Jul 2011
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It would not make a great deal of difference to the outcome. The USSR had relocated its industry east of the Urals and the Soviet government would not stay put to be captured along with the city. Nothing of any use left for the Germans except a shallow propaganda victory.
 
Dec 2014
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Kent,England
It would not make a great deal of difference to the outcome. The USSR had relocated its industry east of the Urals and the Soviet government would not stay put to be captured along with the city. Nothing of any use left for the Germans except a shallow propaganda victory.
It might make a difference.

All major roads go to Moscow. This could allow the Germans to conduct offensives into central Russia.
 

paranoid marvin

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Aug 2015
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Capture Moscow and you potentially capture Stalin. Eliminate Stalin and you destroy the entire driving force behind the Soviet military. In my opinion if Moscow falls, so does Stalin; if Stalin falls, so does the entire Soviet armed forces.