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    What was Hitlers greatest mistake of world war 2?
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    Not sending in the armour at Dunkirk
    17.65%
    6
    Not sending a Corps into Spain to secure Gibraltar in June/July 1940
    2.94%
    1
    Not asking Mussolini not to invade Greece in October 1940
    2.94%
    1
    Attacking the USSR
    41.18%
    14
    Not forcing Franco into the war in early 1941
    0.00%
    0
    Not pushing Raeders Mediterranean option
    2.94%
    1
    Declaring war on the USA
    11.76%
    4
    Diverting 4th Panzer Army South in the Caucasus
    0.00%
    0
    Not capturing Malta
    0.00%
    0
    Other (please state)
    20.59%
    7

  • #2
    Out of interest Hitlers personal choices were numbers 2 and 3 on the list.

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    • #3
      Other: starting it in the first place

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      • #4
        Originally posted by AdrianE View Post
        Other: starting it in the first place
        Well apart from that Adrian.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Philip F View Post
          Out of interest Hitlers personal choices were numbers 2 and 3 on the list.

          One would think Franco had something to say about #2
          Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tigersqn View Post
            One would think Franco had something to say about #2
            He could say what he liked but what could he do?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Philip F View Post
              He could say what he liked but what could he do?

              If Hitler would march into Spain without the concurrence of Franco, Franco could easily join the Allies and greatly complicate Hitler's options.
              Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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              • #8
                Other.

                The greatest mistakes Hitler made during the war relate to the Eastern Front. His first substantial mistake was made in the 1940 - 1941 timeframe, when he improperly mobilized the German economy for a multi-campaign conflict against the USSR.

                His second substantial mistake was the whole planning and execution of the 1942 campaign in the east.

                These two mistakes basically sealed his fate.

                Regards,

                KDF

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tigersqn View Post
                  If Hitler would march into Spain without the concurrence of Franco, Franco could easily join the Allies and greatly complicate Hitler's options.
                  What and been smashed by the German army and replaced by a more pro-national socialist falangist.
                  Franco would have had not choice but to comply.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by KDF33 View Post
                    Other.

                    The greatest mistakes Hitler made during the war relate to the Eastern Front. His first substantial mistake was made in the 1940 - 1941 timeframe, when he improperly mobilized the German economy for a multi-campaign conflict against the USSR.

                    His second substantial mistake was the whole planning and execution of the 1942 campaign in the east.

                    These two mistakes basically sealed his fate.

                    Regards,

                    KDF
                    Lets have a bit more depth to what you are saying.

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                    • #11
                      Not capturing the BEF and following up 4 to 6 weeks later with an invasion of Britian (which should have been planned before the Germans invaded Poland).

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KDF33 View Post
                        Other.

                        The greatest mistakes Hitler made during the war relate to the Eastern Front. His first substantial mistake was made in the 1940 - 1941 timeframe, when he improperly mobilized the German economy for a multi-campaign conflict against the USSR.

                        His second substantial mistake was the whole planning and execution of the 1942 campaign in the east.

                        These two mistakes basically sealed his fate.

                        Regards,

                        KDF
                        Also adding to the confusion he placated to the OKW to plan Operation Barbarossa when he already gave the Planning to Generalmajor Erick Marckes Chef der Stab 18er Armie OKH who planned that there would be two Heers Gruppen of Nord und Sud and that Moscow was the target to be isolated in a massive pincer and then reduced. This was to have achieved in 8 to 10 weeks..

                        However Hitler went with the OKW plan with three Heers Gruppens and that they had their own targets, Nord (Leningrad) Mittel (Moscow) and Sud (Stalingrad & Caucasus). Aslo there was no real concern from Hitler to capture Moscow, from this the whole German invasion disintergrated into a farce of confusions of orders and counter orders from the Fuhrer, sending whole armies all over the place on wild goose chases.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Roddoss72 View Post
                          Not capturing the BEF and following up 4 to 6 weeks later with an invasion of Britian (which should have been planned before the Germans invaded Poland).
                          Got a book here by Kenneth Macksey who proposed just that.
                          I cant see it working myself.
                          It all comes down to the German failure to maintain supply to its forced who landed in England.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Philip F View Post
                            What and been smashed by the German army and replaced by a more pro-national socialist falangist.
                            Franco would have had not choice but to comply.

                            That's an odd statement, considering Franco did not comply with Hitler's wishes.
                            What happened to him after that ?
                            Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Roddoss72 View Post
                              Also adding to the confusion he placated to the OKW to plan Operation Barbarossa when he already gave the Planning to Generalmajor Erick Marckes Chef der Stab 18er Armie OKH who planned that there would be two Heers Gruppen of Nord und Sud and that Moscow was the target to be isolated in a massive pincer and then reduced. This was to have achieved in 8 to 10 weeks..

                              However Hitler went with the OKW plan with three Heers Gruppens and that they had their own targets, Nord (Leningrad) Mittel (Moscow) and Sud (Stalingrad & Caucasus). Aslo there was no real concern from Hitler to capture Moscow, from this the whole German invasion disintergrated into a farce of confusions of orders and counter orders from the Fuhrer, sending whole armies all over the place on wild goose chases.
                              The trouble with compromise.
                              Would have been best to go for one or the other.
                              If they had gone with Hitlers original ideal of ignoring Moscow they could have taken Leningrad and Rostov which could well have lead to the capture of the Caucasus in 1942.

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