Three mistakes that cost Adolf Hitler his thousand year old Reich
Adolf Hitler, well, not the most social guy you’d ever meet, but exorbitantly racist. 7 million people left dead at his feet. But eventually decides to quit the game, sitting in his cosy but wobbly with artillery fire bunker beneath the ruins of Berlin while the Soviet red army gets every penny worth of revenge out of it. With him dies the thousand year Reich which had a foundation of nothing but deception. Hitler, obviously, didn’t make the best choices in life to be absolutely frank. There may be more reasons that cost him his ball game of blood, but here are the major ones…
Et tu Herr Hitler?!– On a beautiful summer
morning in June 1941, nothing much was to be done on the western front, as the Wehrmacht
army had the allies on the run at Dunkerque, during their campaign in
France, during the early months of the war. Hitler had already ordered one
of the largest troop mobilisations in the eastern sector along the
Romanian-Soviet border. Stalin was also not the dude you would want to hang out
with, especially if you’re against him in person, living in Soviet Russia. He
had spoilt his reputation hugely due to The Great Purge (he had killed and
incarcerated millions). This according
to the Nazis left the red army weakened and leaderless. Hitler had been
harbouring this plan since the roaring 20s, considering communism to be a
plague on the face of the Earth. Even in his book Mein Kampf, he was a little
rude to them and made quite a lot of hateful references. This mistake would
almost cost him more than half of his army. Stalin completely unsuspecting of
the Nazi diabolical plan was caught unawares. No one would think that the Nazis
would break their end of the deal of non-aggression. They were the ones who
started it. Well, actually there was only one guy in the whole of Nazi Germany
who’d have the guts to even think of attacking Soviet Russia, Adolf Hitler
himself. His generals warned him numerous times before of the consequences of
such a diabolical plan. But, no I hate the soviets, they made us lose in the
first great war, now fellas, my time to shine, is what Hitler would have said
to himself before launching ‘Operation Barbarossa’, named after the glorious
Holy Roman emperor, Frederick Barbarossa. So there it was, a quite Sunday
afternoon, June the 22nd, 1941, Hitler launched the largest military
assault on Soviet Russia in the history of warfare.
1. Britain? Nah…I want Russia…Now!! – We all know of the famous battle of Britain, and we all have heard of the great speeches by Churchill which along with a few brave pilots was all that stood between Hitler and total domination of Europe in the fall of 1940. Now, there’s an interesting story to this too. Well, let’s just say, Hitler was like the master of these three dogs – his Air chief, his Army chief and his Navy chief. These guys were like hounds just waiting to be unleashed on Great Britain. Well, all of them tried to convince Hitler to allow them to take the inaugural shot at Britain. But The Air chief, Hermann Gorring, eventually succeeded in doing so as he promised Hitler that it would take less than 4 weeks to bring Britain to its knees and it would be even more glorious for our land based army to walk right into the streets of London after the Luftwaffe had finished off the Royal Air Force. Hitler, reluctantly, agreed to this as he was not interested in Britain any longer. He had been eyeing Soviet Union since the beginning of this war, so that he could ensure “living space” to his countrymen. So, just for fun, the Luftwaffe started throwing everything it had in tis arsenal at Britain, who at this point of time was sure to fall to the Nazi jackboot. As recklessly as the invasion had begun, Gorring’s plans had started to go awry in the first few weeks of the invasion. The Germans were flying thousands of sorties every week and yet no sign of slowing down from His majesty’s side. They were losing invaluable experienced airmen to the RAF veterans. The key to this was, that the Germans had ignored the things that would eventually cost them the invasion and two thirds of the war resources meant for the Soviet invasion. On the southern coast of the British Isles, the English had established several radar stations which could detect incoming planes. Pretty basic, but sure enough to thwart relentless air raids by Heinkels and Messerschmitts. The Nazis thought of these as radio broadcasting stations, which were virtually the eyes of the RAF. This gave them enough time to prepare for any incoming attacks on British cities and military installations. Their plan to hold out the Luftwaffe succeeded, and after 8 weeks of relentless bombardment, dogfights, air raids, Britain stood unshaken. This not only wasted the resources planned for Operation Barbarossa but also this was the first time after the invasion of Poland in 1939, that the Nazis had met their match. The British would eventually rally the allied cause and leaving Britain undefeated was definitely not the best idea Hitler had come up with.
1. Banzai!!!....*boom*….oh man! Not Uncle Sam!? - Till today, American foreign policies are a subject of controversy. But back in the day, these things weren’t as complex as they are now. You see, in 1929, the great depression shook the roots of American economy and unemployment was at an all-time high, for the next 6 years. Imagine being laid off of work for 6 years. So, Franklin D. Roosevelt comes along like Aladdin and grants every American their wish. He virtually restarted the economy, new jobs everywhere. But now talking about the American foreign policy in 1930s. America was first convinced that the only way to prevent a second world war would be to stop selling arms to other nations, so the Congress first passed a bill that said “NO ARMS FOR SALE”. Then as the situation in Europe worsened and Hitler and his Nazi thugs took over, the policy changed to “ARMS FOR SALE, BUT COME AND GET IT”. But we see all the time that East is east, and the Japanese invaded Manchuria, China. Soon, it became the slaughterhouse of Asia and in response to this, the US government refused to recognize any territory taken by force. And since Japan, Italy and Germany had a tripartite act, things couldn’t go any worse. In September 1939, when Hitler invaded Poland, the policy went on to become “ARMS FOR SALE, AND WE”LL SEND IT TO YOU”. This was particularly in response to counter the German expansion in Europe and to counter the Japanese expansion in the East, the US government cut off all oil and gas supplies to Japan. Hence, as a “counter move” to this, the Japanese attack the US Naval feet stationed at anchor, at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. Personally speaking, that was like 9/11, more like 12/7 and a turning point in the war. The next day on 12/8, Roosevelt declares war on Japan, which automatically brings Hitler and Mussolini also to war. The military expenditure went from a mere $ 4 billion in 1941 to $ 81 billion in March 1942. In short, we all know, no one messes with Uncle Sam, so this wasn’t entirely his fault, but considering he was the enemy of liberty, this would have been Hitler’s next move if the Japanese wouldn’t have done it. After all, he boasted that his storm troopers will soon enter America and crush Liberty.
Of many technical and strategic errors on Hitler’s part, these were definitely the major ones. One can just analyse and predict the various endings to this unfortunate war. Hitler is often described as the devil himself, a genius one at that; but alas even brilliance has its flaws and aren’t we all thankful for that!