German military tactics and WWII

glevy at acnet.pratt.edu glevy at acnet.pratt.edu
Sat Jul 1 19:32:09 MDT 1995


The German General Staff had a "coherent plan" as you suggest for the
start of the War.  A question though:  when Hitler's forces were winning
the war to the West why did he pick *that* time to open a war to the East
against the USSR?  Surely the German military staff must have realized
that it would be easier to first defeat their military enemies to the
West such as the U.K. before taking on the USSR.  Didn't they know that
their chances of success in that war would be helped if they won the
first war first?  The only reasonable conclusion that I can come to is
that Hitler and the Nazis decided for political and ideological reasons
to attack the USSR when they did and that this action was against the
best advice of the German High Command.  However, it is well known that
many people, including Generals, were unwilling to express a contrary
opinion to Hitler after he had made up his mind.  Does anyone have any
more information in answer to the above questions?



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