posted on Feb, 23 2005 @ 10:51 AM
What is it with some people, huh?
All a German designer had to do was draw an interesting looking doodle on the back of a cigarette packet and suddenly - for some - they were on the
verge of winning the war!
I don't doubt or deny that Germany produced some interesting and advanced designs (and not just regarding aircraft; the type 21 U-Boat was a model
for many post-war submarine designs).
But, and here is the killer everytime, Germany had neither the man-power, productive capacity nor resources to defeat the USSR.
Some fantasists think the capture of Moscow would have been the end of them and yet Russia itself had withstood the loss of Moscow before and in any
case had moved her military productive capacity far beyond the reach of even a Moscow stationed Luftwaffe.....
....and her manpower reserves to the east were vast.
Germany never could 'knock out' the Red Army quickly and completely as they had totally underestimated the size of Russia and her military
Before attacking the USSR the German army calculated that there were approx 175 Russian divisions with a reserve that might bring tht total up to
The German armys C in C then was Von Bruachitsch. His chief of staff Halder is recorded as complaining in July 1941 "we have identified 348 Red Army
divisions".....clearly the comment of a man who realises with terrible clarity that the actual numbers, upon which the whole battle plan had been
based, were in utter conflict with the reality of the situation.
The 'wonder' is they 'performed' to the degree and for as long as they did; but the result (once a country was capable of withstanding collapse ie
like the UK, USSR and USA) was never in doubt and no amount of interesting plane, rocket or tank ideas were ever going to redress that.
[edit on 23-2-2005 by sminkeypinkey]