why was it a bad move on germany's part to attack russia?
- PrinceLv 56 months ago
Russia is too cold. It is not worth having, let alone worth fighting for. People in Russia throw a big rock up in the air and try to run under it just to get out of Russia. Miserable cold place. Von Altenstadt who had served variously in the Wehrmacht, a Panzer division in Italy at one point, under Stauffenberg (two years before the Bomb Plot), as one of three double-agents known as V-3725, authored "Unser Weg Zur Meer" (Berlin, 1943), ran the Rat Line along the 30th Meridian from 1944 to 1948 when Truman not only expunged his war crimes (Massacre at Kamenets) but gave him an entirely new identity under Operation Paperclip, and was the fencing buddy Skorzeny called "Schizz von Altenstadt" as a pun on the German word for "Wound", served as a Quarter Master on the Eastern Front also. He advised Hitler in vain to equip the German soldiers better. Hitler ignored this same advice from innumerable officers who advised the Fuehrer that their soldiers needed warmer clothing, claiming that he believed that Aryan man had "evolved in the cold";however, in light of Lothar Machtan's work, "The Hidden Hitler" we can postulate that Hitler was actually a psychotic punishing the Germans for being anti-Semitic and homophobic, as Hitler was secretly part-Jewish and homosexual. Hitler may have been intentionally leading the Germans to a pyrrhic defeat and only pretending that he believed Aryan soldiers in Russia could adapt to the extreme cold there. Certainly his officers thought he was destroying Germany and attempted 26 times to assassinate the Fuehrer. Hitler foiled twenty-six assassination plots, executing those involved each time. Quite a turnover of his own officers and something worth considering, that Hitler engendered such hatred on the part of his own officers. So yes, it was a bad move on Germany's part to attack Russia. It may have been the intention of a psychopathic ruler creatively punishing his own Society by encouraging them in their own folly, leading them by their own fears, hatreds and bigotry like Trump is in the US today.Source(s): Machtan, Lothar: The Hidden Hitler; Von Altenstadt: Unser Weg Zur Meer (Our Way to the Sea)
- 7 months ago
It was not a bad move at all, just a bad commandering and calculations.
- FredLv 77 months ago
Hitler badly underestimated the abilities of the Russians. He saw them as Slavs which he was convinced were not a very capable people and believed they were not as intelligent as Germans and other Northern European peoples. Hitler believed Russia who did not have a military anywhere as good as Germanys would send it out to fight the invasion and would be wiped out in 2 or 3 weeks and then the way to the rest of Russia would be wide open for Germany to conquer the rest of Russia very quickly.
The Russians had 2 things on their side which they decided to use to their advantage. Firstly was that Germany had decided to invade well into the short Russian summer and if the Russians could stall the invasion force long enough the fierce Russian winter would set in which would freeze men, and machines caught out in the open. The other thing was Russia is one on the biggest countries in the world and this meant Germans would have to bring their supplies huge distances leaving them very exposed to squads of soldiers hiding behind enemy lines who could run guerrilla style attacks on supply convoys and destroy them.
The Russians did not send its whole army out to fight the invaders as they knew that would be suicide so they set up several lines of defence and let the Germans come to them. When the Germans started to overwhelm the first line the soldiers would drop back and join the 2nd line of defence which with the soldiers already there would be stronger. When that line started to be overwhelmed that line would fall back to the next line of defence with its troops and get stronger again, all the time slowing German troops down and use up supplies forcing them to have more supplies brought in.
As the Russians retreated they destroyed anything they felt the Germans could use such as roads and railway lines, unharvested crops, and animals leaving a scorched earth so the Germans had to bring everything in to resupply. Then the Russian guerrilla groups raided these convoys of supplies slowing the German advance down due to lack of supplies such as food and ammunition.
The Germans so confident of success split their forces in 3 sending them to capture Moscow, Stalingrad and Leningrad and within the sight of these cities which they felt if they captured them all Russia would collapse and surrender, when the severe Russian winter set in. The Germans expecting a quick victory did not even take winter warm clothing with them and their soldiers suffered badly many died of cold and their bodies froze, Engines froze solid and planes, tanks and vehicles could not be started. Roads turned to bogs which no vehicles could get through, airfields turned to lakes where staff had to paddle out in boats to get to the useless aircraft, and the Russians had torn up the railways. Herman Goering promised his Luftwaffe could fly in the supplies in his usual overconfident boasts to Hitler about the abilities of the Luftwaffe, but at best could only get about 25% of the needed supplies into Russia.
All this time Russia had disassembled her armaments factories and moved them east well out of range of the German bombers, and with British and US help and set up efficient factories pouring out tanks planes and armaments ready for the end of winter when they would launch a massive offensive against the Germans. As winter came to an end the Germans were surprised at the massively strong well armed Russian military that attacked them and over the next 4 years the Germans were slowly overwhelmed and pushed back to Berlin.
Had Germany been patient and waited until the start of the next summer before attacking likely they would have defeated Russia as they could have kept up the supplies it's military needed along good dry roads and their equipment would have not frozen up and its men could have kept of fighting. The German military was up to the task but Hitler's belief the Slavs were an inferior race and, and his lack of patience to await a full summer to achieve a victory prevented a German victory.
- Anonymous7 months ago
Yes the Nazis were Losing in North Africa and lost the Battle of Britain they needed 2 years to replace all their losses of equipment they should have taken North Africa and Iran
taking Iran would have taken 90% of the Fuel the UK received from Iran forcing the UK into Peace talks
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- Anonymous7 months ago
@Todd... Soviets were NOT entrenched fully at this time. Weather and equipment played part. Resources another. Spread too thin. etc...
Biggest problem was the rail system. The Soviet Union had a different gauge than rest of Europe. And you could only go by rail as far as it was changed to their rail standard.
All the supplies and heavy equipment was moved by rail. The Nazi's did do air drops when it they seen it was taking longer to replace the rails and they were way to far ahead. The Nazi's required something like over 1000 ton of supplies every day. Than the weather and low morale took its toll.
I you can not supply the troops they can not fight. Napoleon even said the army marches on its stomachs.
BTW Russia did not exist as a country since 1918. It was more of a province or state of USSR.
Another was open terrain was deceiving it was not flat and enemy territory.
Also USSR had a mandate and over 1million soldiers. They would have soldiers charge the Nazi's, you could not surrender or retreat. They had machine guns behind them and would shoot them down if they did not attack.
- ToddLv 77 months ago
They went for a blitz attack. The problem with that approach at the time is that Russia was entrenched, meaning they had a solid defensive position. Also, one thing people overlook is that Russia has a huge amount of natural resources and a bigger population. Thank you Germany. You showed us that you don't brute force attack Russia.
- Anonymous7 months ago
If the offensive had started 6 weeks earlier as originally planned the outcome may have been different. Luckily for the planet Hitler decided to help Mussolini out in the Balkans first before attacking Russia.
- KathyLv 77 months ago
Because Russia was bigger, and had a better army than Germany.
- Anonymous7 months ago
For one thing, they thought it would be over before winter. Fatal error.
- geraldLv 77 months ago
not really they would not have existed for long as they were, they were in contrast to the thinking in the world at the time , they had to change it to be successful like the USA is today it wants everyone thinking their way its impossible peacefully