On Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:38:24 +0200, ***@Toil
Post by ***@Toil
It took the western Allies the best part of a year to battle their way
to western Germany in 1944/45, at a time when their superiority in
materiel and firepower was overwhelming.
It took Germany six months to get from Berlin to Moscow. It took Russia
five times as long to push them back.
How far do you think they would have got if (say) they'd crossed the
Rhine and gone barreling into Germany?
In practical terms, there was *nothing* the western Allies could do to
attack Germany properly, and if they'd tried, they'd have been
massacred. In offence, the Wehrmacht was frightening. In *defence*, it
was superlative. Quite simply the best, by a wide margin.
There was a significant difference in equipment between 1944/1945 Wehrmacht
and the 1939 Wehrmacht. In 1944 there were over 12 million soldiers there
and the German army was hardened by years of combat and experience. In
there were less than 5 million of them, and Luftwaffe was almost 4 times
smaller, again much less experienced. There was also significant difference
in the defensive installations created to date, and German economy was
on peace footing in 1939.
Which is why the professional generals of this best army of the world
told Hitler that it was too early to attack Poland in 1939 and that they
had to finish preparing defensive positions on the West border
to be able to repel French and British attack.
But Hitler told them do as he wanted and ignored their professional
because he thought that Western leaders would not attack him, instead
doing nothing. And he was right.
I think that the opinion of professional German generals that Wehrmacht
is not capable of simultaneous attack on Poland and defense against France
is a more credible opinion than using the situation from 1945 as an
And, of course, 1939 didn't happen out of the blue. Appeasment politics
gave Nazi Germany the time to arm themselves.
The first hostilities of World War 2 happened in 1937 in the East, by
Japan, and in 1938 in Europe, when Germany annexed Sudetenlands. This
was the time to put them down, Wehrmacht was really much weaker, but
everybody let Hitler have what he wanted instead (Poland was as much
at fault here, as we occupied a part of Czechoslovakia ourselves).
Still, it were mainly British and French leadership's decisions that
led to Britain being the only piece of non-neutral and non-occupied
Allied territory in Europe for some time.
Leszek 'Leslie' Karlik
NTV650 & ST995i