>>675226 Hitler VASTLY underestimated the power and cunning of the red army.
The seige of leningrad was relatively easy for the Nazis, so i supposed that they assumed that things would be as easy further East. At the time, the Nazis were still fighting on the western front and locking down their position in the west. The 6th army was joined with the italians and the hungarians (kek) after the russian counter offensive,
The soviet counter offensive saw over a million men and almost twice the ammount of tanks as the germans. The red army was better organized than the 6th army and its merry band of allies, so after many painstaking days, the russians flattened the germans and cut them off from germany.
He was a WW1 vet, and knew full well the stories of the German Empire absolutely wrecking Russian Imperial troops even as both infantrymen were basically the same as far as equipment and more or less in training.
He thought he could do it again, especially after the USSR dragging itself out of civil war and causing mass hunger on its own citizens.
Matter of fact, I still find it hard to believe the USSR won at all. Well played, Stalin.
>>675356 Yes, but in WW1 the Russians were much less industrialized and dealing with tons of political instability. I don't think its surprising at all that they managed to win considering they weren't fighting on 2 fronts like the Germans. Also, Hitler's overconfidence probably had something to do with being surrounded by yes-men.
>2016 >People still not comprehending that there were three arms of the SS
Jew Hunting was activity of the Allgemeine-SS. The General administraition ofthe SS, they formed einsatzgruppen squads and did the built of the work with all the security networks they built or were co-opted from recently conquered counties
Jew Camping was the activity of the Totenkopfbande-SS
Fighting was left to the top tiers of the Waffen-SS with their backwash foregin volunteer divisions co-opted to do Jew hunting by the Allgemeine-SS.
My grandpas cousin was fighting in Stalingrad. He got injured and was lucky enough to get evacuated by air. He dies few years ago, his comrades from Wehrmacht carried the coffin, poured a bit of dirt from Stalingrad on the coffin and did nazi salutes. It put the fun into funeral.
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