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WW II incompetent leadership contest

Incompetent Leadership Contest in WW II:

1) Although France was supposed to occupy the Rhineland until 1935, French troops left in 1930, sending Germany the wrong message. France was excessively demanding when drafting the treaty of Versailles but criminally negligent when enforcing it.
2) Stalin orders the powerful German communist party not to form a coalition with the social democrats, so that the Nazis can gain considerable force in parliament. Eventually Hitler becomes a dictator and the German communists have to leave the country or are arrested or murdered.
3) Stalin allows German officers to study in Soviet military academies with German teachers and the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe to perform maneuvers in Soviet soil that are forbidden by the Versailles treaty, greatly strengthening the German forces.
4) In 1937 Japan invades China, ruining all the work that Germany had done strengthening Chiang, losing China’s 515 million people as an invaluable ally against Stalin and pinning down over a million Japanese troops in China and Burma for the duration of the war, without ever defeating Chiang or the communists. The Japanese invasion forces Chiang to sign a non aggression pact with Stalin (his former enemy, because Stalin supplied the Chinese communists). Had Japan helped Chiang to eliminate the communists, a unified, relatively strong China attacking French Indochina and Burma with Japan and Thailand and then the USSR together with Japan and Germany would have doomed Britain and the USSR. China and Japan could have also easily liberated India from GB, weakening the latter considerably.
5) Baldwin opposes massive rearming and enforcement of the Versailles treaty, so that Germany quickly rearms and has far more planes than the UK and France together. Baldwin is followed by Chamberlain, another pacifist that allows Hitler to take Austria and Czechoslovakia and become much stronger.
6) Britain fails to take advantage of the massive, inexpensive labor force of India, so that in 1939 India, with 378 million people and plenty of ore produces less steel than Australia with 7 million people.
7) Hitler ignores the brilliant secretary of economy Hjalmar Schacht, who in 3 years boosted the German economy, so Schacht resigns and Hitler gives his post to the incompetent Göring, who is heads the 4 year program and the Luftwaffe. Production under Göring and Todt is far a small fraction of what it will be during Speer’s leadership, in spite of Göring having plenty of imported material, qualified labor, fewer allied bombings, etc,
8) Stalin massacres 3 out of 5 field marshals and 84 generals, most colonels, etc, (30,000 Soviet officers and 700,000 civilians) in the 1937-38 purges, among them is Tukhachevsky, perhaps the best and most experienced strategist in the world at the time. Stalin also murders thousands of peasants, Poles, teachers, doctors, engineers, industrialists, plane and tank designers, high ranking politicians, etc, in the purges, who would have been very useful during the war.
9) Britain had excellent industry and designers, but British leaders managed to produce a series of very deficient weapons: The Matilda II heavy tank is extremely costly and difficult to produce, it is slow and has a ridiculous 40 mm cannon that fired only AP shells. The reason for such a tiny cannon is that military bureaucrats specified that the tank be transported by train and the narrow British RR system only allowed for a narrow turret. So these tanks will be transported around South Africa to Alexandria and then promptly destroyed by Rommel, only because of the RR limitation. Similarly, when the Stirling 4 engine bomber was designed, military bureaucrats decided that the wingspan must be shorter than the standard RAF hangar doors. Accordingly, the Stirling wass made with short, wide and thick wings and also had wimpy engines. When the new plane entered service it was promptly destroyed because it was slow and could not fly at high altitude. Similarly, the RN spent millions building excellent aircraft carriers with steel decks, but provided them with completely obsolete, linen Swordfish biplane torpedo bombers. Finally, the RN also built good destroyers but provided them with wimpy 4.7” cannon with a maximum range of only 15 km. In contrast the 1929 French destroyer Foudroyant sunk off Dunkirk in 1940 had 5.1” guns and German destroyers had 6” guns. Given the high cost of a destroyer it would seem justified to use at least 6” cannon with a range of over 20 km. The US army hauled around a 155 mm howitzer with excellent results, so a destroyer could certainly use a 6” cannon. Incredibly, coastal artillery in Wake consisted only of six 5” guns.
10) Before WW II France spends a fortune building the Maginot line and a huge navy, but spends very little in high performance fighters and dive bombers. Instead of the Maginot line, It would have been much more advantageous a) to invest in 5,000 inexpensive 50 mm antitank guns and instead of 1,000 useless, underpowered MS 406 planes, for France to build 500 planes with an additional engine and prop on the tail and wingtip tanks, b) to convince president Roosevelt to authorize the sale of 500 Curtiss P-36s (more powerful than the H-75s they bought), 300 P-40s, etc, c) to develop a good dive bomber and to convince the UK of moving all its available fighters to France as soon as the war is declared (the only way to defeat the Luftwaffe was by eliminating the obsolete bombers, such as the Stuka, Hs 123, etc,).
11) Hitler Annexes Austria and the Sudetenland in 1938 and neither the allies nor Stalin do anything. Had Poland, France and the UK attacked Germany during the invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Czechs would have been valuable allies and Hitler would have fewer resources than he did after taking these countries. Given that Hitler wanted to eradicate Communism, it was a big mistake to dissolve the powerful, capitalist Czech army, instead of signing a non aggression pact and trade agreements with Czechoslovakia and eventually using the Czech army and industry against Stalin.
12) Chamberlain rejects Stalin’s offer to form a coalition against Hitler in March 1939, inducing Stalin to sign the non aggression pact with Hitler.
13) Mussolini wanted to invade Egypt, but his only large port was in Tripoli, about 2,000 km away from Alexandria on poor roads. Before the war he built a huge fort in Tobruk far from the border and a smaller one in Bardia right on the border, which had weak costal artillery. He should have built only a massive fort in Bardia with a large port, powerful costal artillery and a large air base. The ability to receive large amounts of supplies right at the border would have made supplying the invasion of Egypt much easier, especially since convoys heading for Bardia are much more difficult to sink from Malta than those heading for Tripoli (much closer to Malta).
14) Japan wasted enormous and invaluable resources building 4 large battleships and the monster battleships Yamato and Musashi, which burnt enormous amounts of fuel throughout the war without providing invaluable service. Had the Japanese used these resources to build carriers and planes, they would have had 7 more fleet carriers by Dec 7, 1941 and 3 more by May 1942, which would have been invaluable to invade Hawaii and Ceylon simultaneously on the first day of the war (instead of invading heavily defended Malaya, the Philippines and Indonesia initially and only bombing PH. With invaluable Ceylon and Hawaii secured, the 3 Japanese fleet carriers in the Indian Ocean could support the invasion of Abadan, then invade Cape Town from Mauritius, then Perth from Kerguelen and then Tasmania and Port Moresby from Perth.. After invading Hawaii and sinking the 3 American carriers, the 9 fleet carriers of the western fleet sink the Canadian Pacific fleet, support the invasion of Victoria Island, sink the remaining American Pacific fleet, bomb Navy installations in Puget Sound, San Diego, etc, and support the invasion of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and Panama.
15) Hitler signs the non-aggression pact with Stalin, deciding to share Poland and giving Stalin access to a lot of central Europe and Finland. Instead of attacking Poland together, it would have made much more sense to occupy together friendly Iran and Iraq, expelling British and French forces and depriving Britain of much of its oil. After securing this invaluable oil, Germany should have arranged for the USSR to invade Poland alone, while Germany concentrates all its force on France The USSR could have attacked Poland with 10,000 tanks and planes, while Germany attacks France before Britain has time to send any forces there.
16) Japan stupidly gets into a fight with the Soviets in Mongolia in 1939, but the imperial army is far from its supply centers and is trounced, so the Japanese in 1941, when the USSR is at war with Germany, are reluctant to attack the Soviets and condition their attack on Germany capturing Moscow (which doesn’t happen, precisely because Japan fails to attack the USSR and Stalin send his Siberian troops to Moscow to stop the Germans).
17) Hitler attacks Poland in Sept. 1939, starting WW II and leaving the western front extremely vulnerable to allied attack. The Polish army is wiped out between Hitler and Stalin. France and the UK declare war on Germany, although they know they cannot attack Germany, even while most of the German airplanes, tanks and troops are in Poland. Why declare war when you cannot attack, but your ships can be sunk by submarines and your country bombed by airplanes? France & Britain should not have declared war, but simply rearmed and mobilized and declared war only when they could attack. Ironically, the powerful German army runs out of artillery ammunition during the invasion of Poland, just like it had in Belgium in 1914. Why on earth would Hitler help Stalin to eliminate the Polish and Lithuanian armies, instead of arming the Poles and using Poland as a shield against the Soviets, while Germany, Italy, Turkey, Iran and Iraq invade the USSR through the Caucasus. Hitler did not want Jews and Slavs, yet he invaded the area with the highest concentration of Jews and Slavs in the worlds (Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Belorussia and the Ukraine). He planned to eliminate all these people. Why not occupy sparsely populated and resource rich Kazakhstan and Central Russia instead?
18) It was extremely dumb of Hitler to waste the invaluable surprise of starting a world war by invading Poland, which has a strong army, expects an invasion, has few natural resources and millions of Jews and Slavs. Had Hitler convinced Mussolini to sign a non aggression pact with France and to invade together with Germany Spanish Morocco, Malta, Egypt, Aden & Sudan, destroyed the RN fleet in Gibraltar, Malta, Alexandria, Aden and Kenya, GB would have had to sue for peace, France would not have declared war on the axis, Turkey, Iran and Iraq would have joined the axis. It is absurd that f Hitler wanted to eradicate Communism, he helped Stalin to wipe out the capitalist armies of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Finland, instead of arming these countries and after the axis invades the Caucasus, providing air support for those countries and Romania to invade Belorussia, West Russia and the Ukraine.
19) As soon as war was declared the German navy started sinking British ships with its tiny fleet of 53 submarines, but after sinking 5 ships amounting to 64,000 tons in the first week, Hitler orders the navy to reduce considerably its attacks, hoping that Britain will sue for peace. Had the navy been left alone, Britain would have lost many more ships in the first months and may have been more willing to sue for peace after France fell.
20) Stalin attacks weak Finland in the winter of 1939, which has mostly lumber and minerals (that the USSR already has in excess) with 450,000 troops!, but after having massacred most of his competent high ranking officers (30,000 officers ), Soviet leadership is extremely deficient. The weather (-40° C) and terrain are most difficult and the tiny Finnish army is extremely tough and efficient and receives aid from Germany and the rest of the world (although mostly in the form of obsolete equipment). Incredibly, Stalin’s offensive, led by the incompetent Voroshilov and Budyonny, is stopped with great losses. Stalin has only managed to lose resources, prestige and respect. Timoschenko replaces Voroshilov and manages to break through the Mannerheim line (after receiving 700,000 additional troops and enormous amounts of heavy cannon), forcing Finland to cede 10% of its territory in order to achieve peace. However, 3 days after Germany invaded the USSR, Stalin orders again the invasion of Finland, which has now a stronger and better equipped army (thanks to Germany) with 400,000 troops and the Soviets are stopped in their tracks and Finland even recovers the territory it had lost in 1939 (only to lose it again in 1944).
21) France has over 100 divisions facing 27 German divisions and is bound by written agreement to invade Germany 12 days after the start of mobilization, should Germany attack Poland, but does almost nothing to attack Germany while the latter is vulnerable invading Poland. France simply waits and allows Germany to lick its wounds, strengthen its forces, capture Norway and Denmark, manufacture enough ammunition, etc, and mobilize its forces against France. Had France promptly invaded the Ruhr, Germany would have lost its military industry and lost the war.
22) Holland has a tiny and ill equipped army and air force and orders one hundred and fifty105 mm cannon from Germany, which naturally withholds delivery, because it intends to attack Holland (the Dutch ordered cannon from the country that they expected to fight!). Belgium has a very good army for the size of the country, but the air force is very weak and relies heavily on the Eben Emael fort, that a few dozen German paratroopers will take in a few days.
23) Although Germany ran out of ammunition and wore out many of its tanks in Poland, Hitler keeps ordering and immediate attack on France as early as October 1939. Brauchitsch, the head of the army tries to convince him that a massive offensive cannot be successful without all the necessary resources and adequate weather for the tanks, but Hitler calls his generals cowards and keeps ordering an immediate attack. Hitler would set the date for the invasion and fortunately for Germany delayed it 14 times.
24) Although the allies have overwhelming naval superiority and excellent fighters, the British send a ridiculous expeditionary force with very few planes to occupy Narvik in Norway. They intend to invade Sweden in order to stop Swedish iron ore from reaching Germany. However, Hitler sends 1,000 planes, the army and his meager navy. The British sink or damage most of the German ships but send few planes and are defeated by the Germans (although they beat the hell out of the German navy, they lost!). The British execute the first massive evacuation of the war, a procedure that they will perfect in Dunkirk, Cherbourg, Crete, etc,
25) Hitler panics when the German destroyer fleet at Narvik is wiped out and orders German troops to withdraw to Sweden. Fortunately for Hitler, Jodl manages to talk him into reconsidering and continuing the fight.
26) After sinking 1 German battle ship, 2 cruisers, 10 destroyers, 6 submarines, a tanker and several transports, damaging 2 more cruisers and 6 destroyers, destroying most of the Kriegsmarine’s airplanes and leaving the crippled German fleet with very little fuel, the allies withdraw from Norway, which allows Hitler to send over 600 of the Luftwaffe planes in Norway to France. The French navy, which was far more powerful than the German navy lost only 1 destroyer in Norway. The British lost 1 aircraft carrier, 2 cruisers and 6 destroyers, a very small fraction of their forces. The loss of Norway allowed the Germans to ensure Swedish iron ore supplies and to attack allied shipping and Russia from bases in Norway. The failure to eliminate the few, poorly supplied German ships in 1940 in Norway would force the British navy to chase some of those ships as far as Uruguay.
27) During the Battle of Norway on 8 June, 1940 the carrier Glorious and its two escorting destroyers were sunk by the cannon of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. The carrier had detected the German ships and sent a destroyer to investigate but did not send torpedo and dive bombers to attack them or increase speed or take evasive action to avoid the shells.
The Captain had requested permission to detach from the fleet and proceed alone to Scapa flow in order to submit the flight commander to a court marshal for refusing to attack ground targets in Norway and surprisingly permission was granted.
The carrier did not only have its complement of pilots but was also evacuating Gladiator and hurricane pilots from Norway. There were only 35 survivors picked up by a Norwegian ship. The British learnt about the sinking from the German radio.
28) Although the Dutch had 2 airplane factories (Fokker and Koolhoven) the conservative, austere government did not deem it appropriate to build a few hundred fighter planes. Although Holland has a greater population and is wealthier and more industrialized than Belgium, the latter has 22 divisions and Holland only 7 and poorly equipped.
29) Instead of wiping out the Allied planes in Poland France, Belgium and Holland before invading them, Germany invades and has to face the allied planes and provide ground support simultaneously, which causes the loss of nearly 2,000 German planes, which coupled with the 2,000 lost over Britain and another thousand lost in Norway, Yugoslavia and the Mediterranean will cripple the Luftwaffe for operation Barbarossa, where the dismal air support over the huge front will be disastrous.
30) Although the twin engine Grumman XF5F vastly outperforms all other fighter planes in a competition trials in 1940 the USN rejects it and chooses the Wildcat, which is 50 mph slower, has a rate of climb of 2,300 ft/min Vs. 4,000 of the XF5F, has a range of 860 miles Vs. 1,200 of the XF5F and with only an engine the Wildcat is less survivable than the XF5F. The rejection the excellent XF5F will result in heavy Wildcat losses to Zeroes and to ditching caused by running out of fuel and to enemy dive and torpedo bombers surviving to damage the Lexington, Yorktown, etc,
31) Germany invades Holland, Belgium and France (instead of respecting Holland’s neutrality, as Germany had in WW I) and advances rapidly thanks to Dowding’s stupid mistake of leaving his best fighters in the UK. Germany does not coordinate with Italy to invade France, so the French are free to concentrate their forces in the north. The overwhelming German air superiority completely demoralized the allied infantry exposed to continuous bombing along the German spearheads for days. Holland falls in 4 days, when the army surrenders in order to save other Dutch cities from the same fate as Rotterdam, which was demolished by a firestorm caused by Stukas and twin engine bombers. France falls and Hitler can now bomb British airplane factories, attack air fields in the UK, etc, Even during the Battle of Britain, Dowding leaves always half the planes in reserve.
32) There were only 10 RAF fighter squadrons in France when Germany invaded on May 10, 1940. The French kept begging Churchill to send more squadrons. On May 14 Reynaud told Churchill the battle was lost. Churchill send 4 more squadrons and ordered 6 more squadrons to operate from Britain. These poor pilots were sacrificed stupidly. RAF had a lot of planes but few fighter pilots when the BoB started. Britain was saved in good part thanks to pilots from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Canada, NZ, Australia and France (although by far most French pilots refused to join the RAF).
33) Instead of capturing Malta, Tunisia & Egypt with German help, in order to enter the war in a very strong position in September 1939 or in June 1940, Mussolini stupidly invades the already defeated France in June 1940. Moreover, Mussolini wastes planes and men in France and in the battle of Britain, where Italian planes don’t stand a chance against Hurricanes and Spitfires. His planes would have been much more useful fighting the few biplanes in North Africa and Malta. Mussolini allows the British and French almost a year to gather and to recruit and train troops from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and India and to transport them to Egypt. Only when the British have gathered over 40,000 troops does Italy invade Egypt and is defeated and it loses 130,000 men, hundreds of thousands of tons of equipment and nearly loses Libya, were it not for Churchill’s mistake of sending the troops uselessly to Greece, where they will be trounced. The fact that Mussolini had over 100,000 men each in Libya and Italian East Africa facing 40,000 British troops in Egypt and instead of capturing Egypt and Sudan, he lost all his troops, materiel and territory in Africa is a tribute to his stupidity.
34) When Churchill has 6 of his destroyers sunk and 18 destroyers damaged evacuating troops in Dunkirk, Roosevelt sends him 50 WW I American destroyers, which would have been invaluable defending the Philippines, Wake, Midway and the American Atlantic coast in 1941 and 42. So that Churchill can continue to lose destroyers evacuating troops from Greece, etc, while the Americans don’t have enough destroyers to defend extremely important assets in the PI, DEI, etc,
35) After defeating France, Germany wastes 2,500 planes over GB and the Med, sends only 2 divisions to Africa in 1941 (when the front is in Cyrenaica) and invades Yugoslavia and Greece with over 19 divisions and 700 planes before Barbarossa, If instead of spoiling the phoney war, Hitler had sent 6 divisions to Africa in May 1940, when there were over 150,000 Italians in Libya and Italian East Africa and captured Egypt and Tunisia from Libya and Sudan and Kenya from East Africa within a month, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan and Syria within 3 months, Iraq, Iran, Arabia and Turkey would have joined the Axis and the allies would probably not attack Germany (or suffered tremendous losses if they did) and lose the war. Especially if simultaneously Japan invades Indochina, Malaya, Borneo, Ceylon, New Caledonia and Port Moresby, but does not attack the US.
36) Wartime Profiteering, the Ultimate Depravation in Greed & Corruption: Even in the American revolutionary, civil, Spanish-American and first world wars, profiteers greatly hampered the efforts of the brave American troops, exacerbating the conditions in which they had to sacrifice their lives. But before and during WW II there was an outrageous level of corruption. America was ill prepared for war in part because of extreme greed and corruption. Senator Truman realized that the huge investment that America made trying to catch up with the Axis was being very ineffectively used by corrupt industry and military. Truman started the Truman Committee to investigate corruption and inefficiency in 1940 but was allotted only U$ 15,000 to investigate billions of wasted dollars. During 3 years the committee uncovered a sickening, unprecedented level of corruption and had a big effect in reducing costs and increasing productivity. Examples of the harmful effects of corruption were the faulty torpedoes the navy had when war broke out, the faulty Curtiss-Wright engines that caused brand new planes to be lost along with their crews, the Curtiss SB2C Hellbomber, which forced the navy to require 800 modification before it entered service and then to recall it for more modifications. The SB2C had a shorter range than the SBD it replaced. During the Battle of the Philippines’ Sea 45 SB2C were lost because they ran out of fuel on the way back. The SB2C was completely useless, since the Corsair could carry almost the same bomb load and then shoot down enemy planes after dive bombing. Senator Truman’s service to the US was invaluable and certainly justified the Presidency.
37) Mussolini invades France after the German advances cause the French defenses to collapse and the British expeditionary force has left, but manages to advance extremely little, because the French have formidable defenses. Mussolini should have used the surprise factor to invade simultaneously Egypt and Sudan (with German forces and all his tanks and 120,000 troops and most of his trucks and cannon, 2/3 of his planes, etc,), which had no defensive line and Gozo (6 km from Malta and defenseless, using all his navy and 1/3 of his planes. Mussolini should not have declared war on France, so he didn´t have to keep troops and armament at the Tunisian and French borders. Incredibly Mussolini declared war without preparing for it. He did not warn his merchant ships to stay away from allied ports, so he lost ¼ of his merchant fleet in allied ports within days. He did not build up stored of supplies, spares, etc, or deploy a good part of his fleet to Massawa in Italian East Africa, so he lost 230,000 men (captured by the British) in IEA and all his colonies there within a year. Incredibly, Italy had 230,000 men in IEA and about 160,000 in Libya in September 1940, when Mussolini invaded Egypt from Libya, while the British had about 36,000 troops in Egypt and Sudan (sandwiched between the Italian forces), yet Mussolini managed to lose everything in Africa.
38) Hitler begins the Battle of Britain in the worst possible way, by sending small waves of slow and vulnerable Stukas, twin engine bombers and Bf-109’s in daylight, whose short range allows only for a few minutes of battle over GB. On the other hand, Churchill has just sacrificed pointlessly 509 fighters in the Battle of France and Belgium and can barely resist the German onslaught. Britain should have sent all its fighters to France or none of them. All of them would have downed thousands of German bombers, defended the allied bombers and primitive French fighters much better and stopped the German advance, saving France and sending no planes at all to France would have left a much stronger RAF to defend France (Dowding ignored the old adage “Divide and conquer” and Britain was extremely lucky to have won the Battle of Britain, in spite of Dowding’s mistake)..Had Hitler bombed only at night, when the Spitfires and Hurricanes were completely useless, and concentrated on the airplane factories and Fighter Command aerodromes and Radar staions in southern England, Birtain would have been prompty defeated. Moreover, it was assenine to attack the strongest point of the British Empire, with 14 Radar stations and hundreds of excellent fighters and defended by a powerful navy, at the same time leaving extremely poorly defended Malta, Egypt and Iraq alone in the summer of 1940. Instead of wasting 2,500 planes in the BoB, Blitz and Med, Hitler cual have expelled Britain from the MED and the middle east with 500 planes and 100,000 troops to boost the 100,000 troops and hundreds of Italian planes in the area.
39) Italy invades Egypt and advances up to Sidi Barrani. However, not a single of the excellent Italian 90 mm guns, which can destroy the a Matilda tank over a km away are placed at the front. When the British counter attack in Nov 1940, they promptly wipe out the Italian tanks, since the small Italian AT guns cannot penetrate the Matilda. The British capture or kill 130,000 Italians and most of coastal Libya in a few months.
40) Incredibly, Germany had lost more planes than Britain every day during the BoB, up to August 18, 1940, when Britain lost more planes than Germany and its Radar had been breached and the airplane factories were being damaged in night bombings. Precisely when Britain was on the verge of collapse on August 19, Hitler ordered the planes to stop bombing all the crucial military targets and concentrate on bombing London civilians.
41) When O’Connor is near Tripoli and the Italians have lost of their artillery, tanks, planes and even machine guns in Libya, Churchill takes away O’Connor’s troops and sends them to IEA and Greece. British loses in Greece are high and achieve nothing at all.
42) Brilliant admiral Keyes proposes the invasion of tiny Pantelleria, which would keep open the narrows of Tunisia, destroy axis planes in eastern Sicily, allow fighters to fly from Pantelleria to Malta, isolate Tripoli (operating in conjunction with Malta), etc, However, obtuse admiral Cunningham (who hates Keyes because he criticized Cunningham’s absurd loss of a carrier to a U-boat, while on anti submarine patrol) agrees that the operation is feasible but delays it until German planes arrive in the area and the operation is cancelled. Not capturing Pantelleria in the autumn of 1940 with Commandoes, Royal Marines, 2 carriers and a few ships allowed Rommel to arrive in Tripoli and be supplied and forced Britain to lose a large number of ships, planes and men supplying and defending Malta in order to attack axis shipping. Had Pantelleria and Tripoli fallen in the autumn of 1940, the Free French could have advanced into Tunisia, gaining strength and further ensuring passage of convoys through the narrows of Tunisia and enabling an early invasion of Sardinia and a landing in Med France. Even in the Spring of 1942 the US could have Implemented Keyes’ plan and invaded Pantelleria, dooming the axis forces in Africa and ensuring traffic through the Med to Alexandria, Abadan, India, etc, instead of around South Africa.
43) Britain was Germany’s and Italy’s only enemy when France fell, its army was lousy and the air force had been decimated in France. Had Britain signed an armistice with Germany, GB could have concentrated on rearming, especially on building airplanes and on strengthening Iran, Iraq, Singapore, Indonesia, Burma, China, etc, with modern airplanes, tanks, aircraft carriers and submarines. Most importantly, GB should have developed the military industry in India and China and trained pilots and troops in large numbers in these countries, so that Japan would not attack British territories and continue to fight China and choose to sue for peace with China and to attack the USSR instead. Germany could have attacked the USSR with many more airplanes (without the losses in the battle of Britain) so Germany could have advanced much more into the USSR. In 1943, after the USSR, Japan and Germany have lost most of their armed forces and are in dire need for supplies, while Britain and India are much stronger, GB would declare war on Japan and Germany.
44) Mussolini had given admiral Campioni orders not to engage the English fleet unless the odds were heavily in favor. This prevented Campioni from inflicting heavy damage on the slightly weaker British Fleet at the battle of Spartivento, in which the Italians disengaged even though they outgunned and outsped the British fleet. The Italians could have inflicted heavy damage on the British warships and then on the merchant convoy sailing for Malta that they were escorting.
45) Stupidly, Mussolini invades Greece (which didn´t have much to offer Italy, 9 million people and almost no industry and limited agriculture), but is soundly defeated (although the Greeks have almost no tanks or planes and only a few cannon that the British captured from the Italians in North Africa and gave to the Greeks!), and Italy is on the verge of losing Albania to Greece, so Mussolini asks Germany for help. Even more Stupidly, Hitler runs to Italy’s help and invades Greece and Yugoslavia, has to spread its forces even thinner and is left with fewer tanks, troops and planes for the invasion of the USSR and fewer neutral nations with which to trade. Most importantly, Germany must delay its next offensive, with disastrous consequences, because one month of good weather has been lost when Barbarossa starts.
46) Admiral Cunningham refused to invade invaluable Pantelleria in 1940 but agrees to invade useless Kastelorozo in the Dodecanese. 100 commandoes rapidly overwhelm the tiny Italian garrison of 14 men. However, the Italians radioed a report of the invasion. The Italian air force and navy respond rapidly. the RN did not transport rapidly enough the occupying troops, so the commandoes with little ammunition are promptly defeated and the operation fails completely. It is fascinating that Churchill got his way in absurd and costly operations such as the invasion of Dakar, the Greek campaign, Kastelorozo, the Dieppe raid, a raid in 24 day light against German bases in Arctic Norway and Finland, sending two fast BBs to Malaya, sending troops to doomed Hong Kong, again the Dodecanese and even a landing to liberate prisoners from Tobruk (against coastal and field artillery, planes, a large garrison, etc,),the invasion of French Madagascar, the invasion of the Dodecanese again in 1943 but Churchill did not get his way with Keyes plan to invade invaluable Pantelleria in 1940 only because of Cunningham’s grudge against Keyes.
47) The king of Yugoslavia had his country join the axis (which surrounded his country). However, Yugoslav air force leaders staged a coup, oust the king and pull out of the axis. Hitler bombs Belgrade very severely and 22 Italian, 19 German and some Hungarian divisions defeat the Yugoslavs within 10 days and the country was occupied ruthlessly by the axis for years. Had the king remained in power, Yugoslavia would have remained in the axis, acquired some Greek territory and faired much better.
48) Mussolini invaded Greece at the worst possible time. He had just given orders to demobilize 600,000 men for the autumn harvest and there were only 8 divisions in Albania (which had recently been reduced from 3 to 2 batallions. There were only 107 trucks avaialbel for the invasion, so that the tanks, etc, soon ran out of supplies. Mussolini was indeed lucky not to lose Albania, his only source of inexpensive oil. Had Churchill invaded poorly defended Sicily at the time with hundreds of thousands of troops in Greece and Albania and 600,000 demobilized, Sicily would have fallen more easily than Libya in operation Compass.
49) The Greek high command, keeps most of its divisions in Albania after forcing the Italians to retreat, so that when the Germans attack from Bulgaria, they could rapidly advance into Greece. By the time the Greeks try to relocate their forces, it was too late.
50) Churchill sends their troops from Libya, where they are about to expel the Italians, to Greece, where they are completely useless and experience heavy losses.
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51) De Gaulle and Churchill want to take Dakar in Senegal from Vichy, because it has a good naval base in an ideal location, some warships, thousands of troops and the gold reserves of France and Poland. However, the invasion force has only 50 planes from a single carrier, 2 battleships, 5 cruisers, 10 destroyers (a completely inadequate 1.25 destroyers per large ships) and 8,000 troops. Obsolete 24 cm, short barrel coastal funs damage a battleships and 2 destroyers and a French submarine damages the other battleship with a torpedo, the British lose 6 planes and the landing encounters strong opposition, so De Gaulle calls it off. The costly fiasco damages the already strained relationship between Churchill and De Gaulle. Again, the second largest airplane producer in the worlds sends a few pilots in a hopeless mission to experience losses. Britain could have sent more carriers and bombers from Freetown in Sierra Leone and more destroyers to greatly increase the chances of success of the landing force.
52) Churchill refuses to sign an alliance with the USSR, proposed by Stalin in May 1941 (the same mistake that Chamberlain had done in 1939).
53) The British high command prevents the general in charge of defending Crete (Freyburg from NZ) from destroying the airfields, so that the German troops can land in their gliders and their fighter and planes and bombers have a place to land and Germany takes Crete.
54) Hitler lost many paratroopers in Crete. Mostly because they did not carry their weapons, but had to find separate containers carrying them. Instead of learning from this mistake, Hitler would never drop paratroopers again (except in limited operations in the useless Dodecanese Islands), depriving his forces of an invaluable resource in the USSR, etc, In contrast, the Allies were impressed by the fact thousands of British and Greek troops in Crete were defeated by paratroopers and developed excellent airborne divisions that would render invaluable service during the war.
55) Although British forces in Malta and Egypt are extremely weak in early 1941, Rommel attacks with only 2 German divisions (a light and a Panzer division) and 5 Italian divisions. His weak force wastes 240 days and 8,000 men trying to take Tobruk and fail. Although Tobruk is isolated by land, it is supplied through its small port. In late 1941 Tobruk is liberated by British forces advancing from Egypt. Despite this glorious success, in 1942 general Ritchie decides to deploy his massive forces not in and around Tobruk but out in open terrain west of Tobruk, along a winding defensive line 80 km long, with a 30 km between Bir Hakeim and the fortification north of it. He places 3,000 Indians in a hill (without tanks). He places 3,700 Frenchmen in a bunker in Bir Hakeim, 10 km NW from the Indian position (without tanks), then he places a massive British force with hundreds of tanks, cannon, several divisions, etc, far enough from the French position, that they cannot supply nor support it. AT ditches and peripheral fortifications in Tobruk are not repaired. Even before Rommel attacks, Ritchie issues orders to withdraw all the way to Egypt if the defensive line is breached. When Rommel attacks, the Italians overrun and capture the Indians in an hour, losing 20 tanks to mines and AT guns. Although Ritchie had formidable artillery (over 40 4.5 inch guns and over 300 35 pounder guns, these are deployed poorly before the battle and are not rapidly redeployed were they are desperately needed during the battle. At Bir Hakeim the French hold back heroically some Italian troops for 15 days, but Ritchie uses this time poorly. Rommel then uses the minefield around the massive British positions to cover his flanks, envelops and defeats the British force and captures a lot of urgently needed fuel, guns, vehicles, food, water, munitions, etc, which he then uses to capture Tobruk in a day. Although General Morshead and his successor held Torbuk for 240 days in 1941, Ritchie did not put either in command of Tobruk in 1942. He put green, 40 year old South African general Klopper, who had been promoted general just a month before and had never fought. In Tobruk Rommel captures even more fuel, guns, etc, that will help him to reach el Alamein. Rommel used his smaller armor and artillery much more continuously and efficiently, while Ritchie uses a small fraction of his formidable forces, leaving lmost of his forces away from the action most of the time.
56) German military intelligence greatly underestimates Soviet forces before Barbarossa, thinking that there are 200 divisions and 10,000 tanks and planes, when in fact there are over 360 divisions and 28,000 tanks and planes. German intelligence also ignores the lack of paved roads and the impossibility of advancing in the sea of mud during the spring and autumn rains.
57) After losing over 4,000 aircraft and many of his best aviators, lots of tanks, warships, and troops in Poland, Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium, Holland, the UK, Greece, Yugoslavia, Africa, etc, Hitler decides to invade the huge USSR, with millions of troops, tens of thousands of airplanes (though outdated), tanks, cannon, 8 million troops and the worst weather in years. The German offensive advances fast at the beginning, capturing millions of Soviet prisoners, artillery, etc, Stalin, instead of withdrawing, regrouping and preparing a coherent counteroffensive, panics and orders an immediate counter offensive on all fronts, with disastrous consequences.
58) Although Stalin´s brilliant spies and the British and US governments inform him of the strength and date of the imminent German attack, Stalin does nothing and is trounced, losing 3 million men, 21,000 airplanes, 20,000 tanks, tens of thousands of pieces of artillery and the most productive part of the USSR in the first 5 months.
59) Hitler wasted the incredible capacity of the Wehrmacht to wage the Blitzkrieg when he advanced along a 2,800 km front with very few planes, tanks and cannon and ordered extremely costly and lengthy sieges and city warfare in Kiev, Sevastopol, Smolensk, Leningrad, dooming Barbarossa and then orders the disastrous siege of Stalingrad, dooming the axis in doing so. Had he simply bypassed these fortified cities, isolating huge armies, he would have defeated the USSR, especially if Japan, Italy and Finland had attacked jointly. Advancing only along the Baltic, Black Sea and Arctic coasts, with one flank covered, he would have rapidly captured Odessa, Leningrad, Baku and Murmansk, isolating the USSR.
60) In August 1941 Hitler thinks that the USSR is practically beaten and reduces considerably armament and ammunition production to increase ship and submarine production. He also orders placing on leave 40 divisions so the men can work in industry. Little did he know there were over 200 divisions opposing him and he would fail to attain any of Barbarossa’s goals and suffer irreplaceable losses in 1941.
61) Instead of concentrating his forces on an offensive that first captures the oil fields, linking up with Iran and Iraq, Hitler sends a large force to lay siege to Leningrad (all these forces will be useless for more nearly 3 years, achieving little more than tying down some Soviet force and starving to death hundreds of thousands of civilians), another huge force to lay siege to Sevastopol (which will be useless for 8 moths), and a third huge offensive to take Moscow. The Moscow attack is stopped, because Hitler fails to take advantage of the opportunity and sends Guderian to Kiev and Hoth to Leningrad, delaying the offensive enough time for the autumn rains and then the winter to hamper the offensive and because Stalin learns from his spies that Japan will not attack the USSR, unless Moscow falls, so he mobilizes hundreds of thousands of troops from Siberia and tosses them into the German offensive, which runs out of ammunition and fuel, so it stops and the Germans then withdraw and later on Hitler weakens the Baku offensive, by sending Von Paulus to take Stalingrad. Unfortunately, Germany hasn´t enough planes to support the Panzers’ advance and the weather is very harsh. Stalingrad will eliminate a third of a million German soldiers from the war (Hitler will not allow them to withdraw and maneuver in time).
62) At the same time that Hitler invades the USSR, Germany is fighting in North Africa with a weak army, further spreading its air force thin and without hope of success.
63) The Soviets allow the German beachhead in Kremenchug that has only infantry troops to survive. A blunder that will allow the Germans to build a 2 km long pontoon bridge across the Dnieper (which incredibly, the Soviet do not detect) and drive tanks over it in order to close the Kiel pocket and capture over a half million Soviet troops. However, wasting invaluable time, men, tanks, etc, capturing troops in Kiel will prove fatal for Hitler, whose forces should have rapidly captured Leningrad, Odessa, Murmansk and Baku instead.
64) Although Japan has not defeated the Chinese, Japan stupidly occupies Indochina in 1940 (with Vichy’s consent) and in 1941Roosevelt stupidly stops selling fuel and scrap iron to the Japanese, forcing them to drag America into the war, long before the US is ready to fight. Had Roosevelt continued selling oil and scrap iron to Japan, the latter would have attacked the USSR (as per the imperial army plan), allowing the US time to build up the navy, army and air force.
65) The US navy kept the battleships based in San Diego. However, in 1940 Roosevelt arbitrarily orders all carriers to be based in PH, a fatal decision that will leave the US without battleship for a while when the Japanese attack PH. Admiral James Richardson, chief of the Pacific fleet protested the basing of all the fleet in such an exposed position and twice respectfully refused to transfer the battleships. Roosevelt sacked him and replaced him with Kimmel in January 1941.
66) Japan stupidly decides not to attack the Soviets, until Moscow falls, but this never happens, because Stalin learns of this decision (through the spy Richard Sorge) and sends all his troops in Siberia and Mongolia to Moscow, stopping the German offensive and preventing Japan from attacking him. Japan could have easily causes Britain’s defeat, had he invaded Ceylon from Thailand in 1939, 1940 or 1941, but it didn’t. Japan could have easily caused the USSR’s defeat by attacking it on June 22, 1941 but it didn’t , instead Japan forced the US into a war it didn’t want. Americans have never been more divided than they were on Dec 6, 1941, nor more united than they were on the following day.
67) Just when Germany is really busy and bogging down in all fronts, Japan decides to attack not the USSR (which is agonizing)), but the US, bringing yet another powerful enemy into the war with 130 million people and a fabulous industry. However, instead of concentrating all its forces and taking Hawaii and Panama, Japan bombs simultaneously Hawaii and invades Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Guam, Wake, the Gilberts and the Philippines. Most of the allied navies and air forces are destroyed in the Pacific. Even after Japan attacked, the US did not declare war on Germany. Hitler stupidly does declare war on the US, although the Japanese never declared war on the USSR!
68) Instead of gathering the formidable Japanese fleet and invading crucial Hawaii, effectively displacing the US from the Pacific, Japan attacks simultaneously Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, Malaya, Hong Kong, etc, Japan fails to destroy any of the carriers or critical installations (submarine base, fuel farms, dry docks, etc,) in the surprise attack and galvanizes Americans to fight and produce without respite until Japan is defeated. Surpisingly, Nagumo used only 40 small, aerial torpedoes in the Midway attack (damaging ships in shallow water, where they can be easily repaired), instead of luring out the fleet and using hundreds of heavy submarine and long lance torpedoes in the DDs, cruisers and BBs, to sink the ships permanently in depp water, with heavy casualties.
69) General Short orders all the planes to be placed on the airfields in Hawaii as close as possible so they can be guarded against sabotage by the Japanese living in Hawaii. Unfortunately, this makes them ideal targets, makes prompt scrambling impossible and maximizes the damage inflicted by the Japanese planes.
70) The US army installs a radar station in Oahu but has no system to use the crucial information to rapidly scramble fighters and to direct them to the enemy in order to defend the invaluable fleet.
71) Although the Japanese attack is expected in the Philippines and the DEI (whose oil is necessary for Japan to continue fighting in China and the Pacific) and Although the Americans have over 16 and the British 4 old, slow battleships and the US has two slow, old aircraft carriers (Langley and Long Island) and several CVs (Ranger, Saratoga, Yorktown, Enterprise and Lexington) there is not a single one of these ships in the Malaya-PI-DEI area. The USN has 20 submarines and only 3 cruisers (Houston, Marblehead and Boise) and 14 WW I destroyers. In contrast, there are 8 battleships and 3 carriers and many cruisers, over 50 modern destroyers, etc, based in PH. Admiral Hart, the only American leader who seems to be ready for war saves his few large ships by sending them to Surabaya, Borneo, etc, at the end of November. Not only do the allies have in the area only 2 fast battleships (Repulse and Prince of Wales), 8 cruisers and about 22 DDs, they did not put them together in a powerful fleet and lost them piecemeal very fast and without inflicting much damage to the Japanese.
Had there been 9 American and 4 British old BBs, the 7 carriers mentioned above, plus some modern CAs, CLs and DDs and had they been used in 3 powerful, slow BB fleets and old CV and 2 very powerful, large carrier, fast fleets and Java, Sumatra, Timor and the W. and SE coast of Malaya been reinforced with troops and planes evacuated from the untenable or irrelevant areas (HK, Wake, Guam, the PI, the NE coast of Malaya, all the DEI islands, except the 3 being reinforced, Midway, Johnston, etc,), The poorly supplied Japanese offensive would have stalled with heavy losses and the Japanese would not have had essential oil and oculd not have continued to fight.
72) Although Japan forces the US into the war and the US cannot even fight Japan right away, Roosevelt assigns priority to Europe and continues giving away billions of dollars to the British and to Stalin, who together have many more men and resources than Germany, and who waste most of the aid. Churchill chooses to lose a lot of airplanes and thousands of pilots, gunners, etc, in order to murder children, women and the elderly in expensive bombing raids on German cities, without much effect on the military. Actually, Hitler benefits when a half million unproductive Germans are murdered, leaving more food for his soldiers and factory workers. Had Roosevelt assigned priority to Asia, recovered Burma, used the immense resources of India, supplied the Chinese and kicked out the Japanese from China, Korea, Indochina, etc, and left all the submarines around Indonesia to sink all the tankers and rice transports, Japan would not have had any fuel or rice from Burma or Indonesia and would not have been able to fight. US bombers from China could wipe out the fleet and the factories, airfields, etc, Japan would have fallen by 1944. Then with the help of China and India the US should have invaded The USSR from Iran, Iraq, China, the Pacific and the arctic. It was absurd of the Americans to waste so much invaluable aid on the British and Soviet armies, which were very inefficient and in sending millions of soldiers to Britain and then France. The US should have concentrated on building massive amounts of much better tanks than the Sherman and P-47s and P-51s and trained American pilots and officers and Chinese and Indian troops.
73) Yamamoto attacks PH with 6 fleet carriers, 2 battleships, 3 cruisers, 9 destroyers, 23 submarines and 9 tankers. After burning a lot of fuel to travel such a long distance, Nagumo only launches 2 waves of planes and instead of destroying the 3 American carriers, the large fleet hurries back to Japanese controlled waters without even supporting the invasion of extremely poorly defended and invaluable Midway. Never again would 6 Japanese fleet carriers have the opportunity to sink 3 unprepared American fleet carriers with inexperienced pilots and faulty torpedoes. Had Nagumo attacked PH also with Ryujo and the light carriers that remained in Japan and launched a sole and very strong 1st wave planes, destroyed all the planes, airfields and most of the fuel tanks and remained in the area to sink the 2 American carrier and sink all the ships in deep water, the damage would have set back the US considerably. Most importantly, Yamamoto should have ordered his mighty task force to support the invasions of poorly defended and invaluable Midway (which has one marine battalion and no fighters or bomber), Johnston, Kauai and Nihau before returning to Japan (to set up Japanese bases there). Failure to sink the carriers and capture these positions allowed the Americans to reinforce Hawaii, salvage the battleships and cost Yamamoto fatal losses in the battles of the Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, Santa Cruz, etc, Capturing Midway, Johnston and a Hawaiian Island would have allowed 2 and 4 engine planes to fly from the Marshalls to Johnston and then to the Hawaiian base and to Midway and continued bombing Pearl Harbor and preventing its repair and reinforcement. In other words, Japan didn’t have to invade Oahu, it needed only to invade an undefended Hawaiian Island and from it Yamamoto would have isolated, bombed and shelled PH (destroying the fuel tanks, planes, airfields and destroying the submarine base and gradually invading the other Hawaiian Islands After months without receiving ammo, Food, etc, and being bombed, PH would have been in very poor condition..Moreover, the US navy would have not have been able to operate in the Pacific without refueling and rearming in PH.
74) Although British intelligence warned King of an imminent, large submarine attack along the Eastern Seaboard, the USN did nothing and the Germans sank 600 ships in the second happy time. The US did not even black out the coastal cities, so that the U-boats used the city light as background to see the ships at night.
75) Yamamoto sends 4 fleet carriers to bomb useless and weak Darwin in Feb 1942, instead of using them to invade poorly defended Port Moresby. Only several months later, when the allies have reinforced PM, does Yamamoto send only 2 fleet carriers and a light carrier (separated from the fleet carriers) to support the invasion of PM and loses the light carrier and has a fleet carrier severely damaged and loses most of the invaluable pilots and planes in the battle of the Coral Sea. These losses will deprive Yamamoto of 3 invaluable carriers 4 months later in the battle of Midway and to lose the battle. The failure to take Port Moresby by Sea will cost the Japanese thousands of men and hundreds of planes trying unsuccessfully to capture it by land through the Kokoda trail.
76) With his ego deeply hurt by the PH attack, Roosevelt insists that Japan be bombed, whatever the cost and will not be dissuaded by all the military who try to explain the high cost/benefit of such an operation. Moreover, the Doolittle raid endangers 2 invaluable carriers (Hornet and Enterprise) and results in the loss of 16 B-25s and 11 dead or captured out of the 80 crewmen. The Japanese massacre 250,000 Chinese in reprisal for helping a few American aviators to escape. Most importantly Lexington and Yorktown must fight alone in the battle of the Coral Sea and Lexington is lost and Yorktown damaged, while Zuikaku escapes intact and Shokaku is damaged, but survives. Had Roosevelt not taken away 2 carriers for his whimsical raid, they would have participated in the battle of the Coral Sea and probably saved Lexington and sunk both Zuikaku and Shokaku. If Lexington had survived, it would have been invaluable saving Yorktown in Midway by sinking Hiryu and then allowed the 4 carriers to sink the huge invasion and support fleets. The high cost of a whim.
77) Japanese leaders used enormous resources to build a large number of excellent submarines but used them very poorly, never applying the successful German wolf-pack tactics (which American submarines used most successfully to wipe out the Japanese fleet). Moreover, despite suffering enormous losses to submarines, Japanese leaders only developed effective antisubmarine tactics when it was too late in 1945
78) While they are fighting in useless Libya, the British lose Burma to the Japanese. Burma is the largest grain exporter in the world, a source of vital oil and the only artery to supply the Chinese nationalists from India. The British gave1,020 tanks, 540 planes, 1,400 pieces of artillery, many of them self propelled) and 196,000 troops (many from India, which is next to Burma and starving for lack of Burmese rice!) to Monty (much of the equipment came from the US) to fight Rommel with only 116,000 troops, 547 tanks (mostly Italian and captured), 470 planes, 580 antitank guns and 500 cannon in the useless desert in Africa. Great Churchillian strategy and logic. The Germans lose only 32,000 men and manage to escape because Monty is afraid to follow them and to wipe them out of Africa, so they continue fighting, until the Americans arrive in even larger numbers and with even more equipment. The Japanese get to use the valuable rice and oil from Burma for 2 years and isolate the Chinese nationalists, who can barely fight without supplies.
79) After the failure of Barbarossa Hitler dismisses, demotes or relocates most of his brightest generals. Hitler himself replaces Brauchitsch as head of the army. In total Hitler got rid of 30 generals and field marshals in the USSR and lost many in futile offensives.
80) In early 1942 the British allow the Gneissenau, Sharnhorst and Prinz Eugen to sail from Brest to Germany along the English Channel. The British lose 42 planes trying to sink them, but the Germans lose no ships, only 22 planes.
81) During the battle of el Alamein I, Auchinleck (pronounced Afflek) had 150,000 troops, 1,114 tanks, over 1,500 airplanes, over 1,000 cannon etc, and was in strong defensive positions with plenty of time to mine fields, etc, yet instead of pulverizing the German and Italian attackers, who were short on fuel, ammunition and water and had 96.000 troops, 500 airplanes, 585 tanks, Auchinleck only managed to stop them, inflicting 17,000 casualties on them (against 13,250 British casualties) and allowing the rest to escape. Churchill was enraged and decided to replace him with the famously incompetent Gott, who, fortunately for Britain, was killed while travelling by plane to Cairo to receive the command, so Montgomery got the command.
82) During the battle of Alam el Halfa Montgomery stops Rommel´s advance but lets him escape.
83) During the battle of el Alamein II Montgomery has even more forces than Auchinleck, bombards the axis troops with over a half million shells and 1,500 tons of bombs. Although Monty had nearly 200,000 troops and large numbers of tanks (including 420 Grants and Shermans with 75 mm cannon), self propelled and AT guns, planes, etc, Monty ordered the 9th armoured Brigade to charge a wall of 47 mm, 50 mm and 88 mm guns without infantry and artillery support and with weak air support. The Brigade suffers heavy losses but exhausts the ammo of the AT guns and destroys many axis tanks, so that the following armoured units can advance. An attack with infantry, artillery, heavy air support and tanks would have produced a much faster victory at a lower cost. After the battle Montgomery has close to 500 tanks and Rommel under 40, yet Monty lets Rommel escape yet again.
84) Falsely claiming low fuel levels, Fletcher withdraws the carriers covering the transport ships landing troops and equipment in Guadalcanal. Then during the battle of Savo Mikawa sinks the American cruisers protecting the ships, but assuming that the carriers are in the area withdraws without sinking the transport ships, which would have effectively won the battle of Guadalcanal from the outset for Japan.
85) Because Auchinleck and Montgomery cannot stop Rommel from capturing the Suez Canal, unless they have far more men, tanks, artillery, antitank guns, etc, The allies have to keep Malta at all costs in order to prevent Rommel from receiving badly needed supplies. Just to supply and defend the Island from the German and Italian planes, surface boats, submarines, etc, The British will lose an alarming number of ships and airplanes. In just one convoy (operation Pedestal. with a huge escort fleet), only 4 cargo ships and a tanker limped to Malta out of 14. Several of the ships lost in Pedestal were sunk by torpedo boats and airplanes, after the main escort fleet turned back closed to the narrows between Sicily and Tunisia. Defending and supplying Malta the British lost 2 carriers sunk by submarines (Audacity, and Eagle), 3 aircraft carriers damaged by planes, 413 fighters, 40 submarines, 4 cruisers, 19 destroyers, etc,
86) Hitler and Mussolini sent huge armies to useless Yugoslavia and Greece but refused Rommel the troops and equipment he desperately needs to defeat the British in 1941 and then again in 1942 at el Alamein I and II in order to capture capture Alexandria. However, after Rommel is trounced and barely escapes with his life and a few troops and tanks all the way to Tunisia and the Americans disembark in Algiers and Morocco, Hitler and Mussolini send 250,000 men to Tunisia, which are promptly lost (Hitler waited until the Americans arrived to send a lot of troops and equipment that were useless, instead of sending 60,000 troops and a few hundred tanks and planes at the right time, Feb 1941).
87) Yamamoto loses the battle of Midway in part because his original plan for attacking with all the Japanese fleet was modified by the army staff, who decided to invade Port Moresby and to send a diversionary force to the Aleutian Islands, weakening Yamamoto’s force and dooming it. If Yamamoto had had the whole fleet, he would have had enough airplanes to destroy the attacking American planes and their carriers at the same time, inflicting a major victory on America.
88) Yamamoto loses the battle of Midway because he sent the 4 fleet carriers ahead with 2 battleships, 2 cruisers and 13 other ships and left behind 2 fleets with 5 battleships, 3 light carriers, 2 plane tenders and a huge number of cruisers, destroyers, troop transports, submarines, oilers, etc,. Had he kept all the ships together, the shear number of AA and targets and the planes from the light carriers, plane tenders and reconnaissance planes from the battleships and cruisers would have been disastrous for the American ships. By far most of the Japanese ships did not participate in the battle. Moreover, carrier Zuikaku survived intact the battle of the Coral where it lost most of its planes but picked up a few from Shokaku, which was heavily damaged in the battle. Incredibly, Yamamoto leaves Zuikaku in Japan, instead of taking it with his fleet with the few planes Zuikaku has and some planes from other carriers. An additional carrier would allow faster launching of a given number of planes, planes from damaged carriers to land on it, faster repair of airplanes and 25% more bombs, torpedoes, fuel, spareparts, AAA, sickbay capacity, etc, to be available for the prolonged battle that Yamamoto envisioned. Leaving Zuikaku in Japan was so great a mistake as sending Ryujo and Junyo to the Aleutians, instead of to Midway or as attacking the island first with the carriers, instead of with the battleships (covered by carrier planes, with the carriers at a safe distance).
89) The Aleutians campaign is a comedy of errors. The Japanese lose the battle of Midway because of it and several planes, ships and some troops, without any hope of achieving anything important. However, the Americans react incredibly incompetently. They bomb for weeks areas that the Japanese have abandoned, send a ridiculously huge number of troops, planes and ships to Alaska (although the Americans know that it is only a diversionary attack) and build an extremely expensive and labor consuming road to Alaska. Many of the poorly equipped Canadian and American troops become frostbite or hypothermia casualties. It would have made a lot more sense to let the Japanese freeze to death than to recapture useless, remote and tiny islands.
90) Nimitz makes the huge mistake of having only 21 obsolete Buffaloes and 7 Wildcats to defend invaluable Midway against large numbers of superior Zeroes. Nimitz knew that Midway had to have the best planes and AAA possible, yet he had many of the worst planes available: Buffalo, B-17s and SB2Us and send them to attack without a single fighter. There were only 6 TBF (excellent torpedo planes with bad torpedoes, but too few of them to face the AAA of a carrier) also 4 excellent B-26 that were used as torpedo bombers in Wake. These planes also had formidable endurance and firepower and they would have been far more useful providing cover for the dive bombers and torpedo planes from wake, which attacked without any escort at all. Many American planes are also lost in the extremely long patrols in lousy weather.
Incredibly, the marines in Midway had some single barrel.30 cal machine guns (as can be seen in Ford’s movie), a ridiculous defense
when one can use double barrel .50 cal guns in static positions (the B-26s and B-17s had several .50 cal machine guns, while the
marines defended their island with .30 cal guns).
Nimitz knew with certainty that Midway was going to be attacked by a large invasion force. However, 25 excellent P-38s and 16 excellent
B-26s were sent to Alaska, instead of to Midway, which was certain to face the main attack of the mighty Japanese navy. There should
Have been at least 25 P-38, 40 Wildcats, 20 P-40s, 20 B-26s, 20 B-25s in Midway. The Buffalo and all the bad bombers should have
been removed from Midway. After the first Japanese wave is destroyed and the fighters refuel, all the planes in Midway attack together
with all the planes from the carriers, resulting in very heavy Japanese losses (4 carriers, all the planes and several capital ships) and very
few American losses. Finally, Saratoga was ready before the battle and it didn’t participate because it wasted days waiting for an admiral,
instead of sailing to Midway ASAP.
Had the USN adopted the F5F instead of the Wildcat in 1940, it would have been invaluable in Midway. Nimitz could have removed all
the bombers from the Island and left only 60 F5Fs from the carriers in Midway. At 0300 all F5Fs take off with 100 lb bombs, heading
WNW and when the Catalinas (which leave at 0200) report the carriers’ position, the F5Fs head straight for the Japanese carriers. Upon
arrival they shoot down the CAP, drop their bombs and shoot and set the planes on deck on fire, preventing any from taking off and
causing massive fires and explosions with all the fuel and ordnance on deck. The F5Fs return to Miday to refuel and rearm and attack
again, providing escort for the carrier bombers to attack the Japanese carriers, BBs, CAs, DDs, etc,
91) Anglo-American convoy PQ-17 from the US to the USSR in 1942 only 11 ships out of 35 arrived. The escort cruisers and destroyers left
the convoy because they thought that German light cruisers were sailing toward the convoy (false alarm) and they sailed to intercept
them and the cargo ships scattered, becoming easy pickings for the U-boats.
92) The Allies launch operation Torch in the autumn of 1942, initially fighting against Vichy troops until the Americans bribe their generals and admirals, and they join the free French. Hitler has to relocate planes, which are desperately needed in Stalingrad, etc, to the African front, exacerbating conditions in Stalingrad, where the Soviet troops now cross the Volga in large waves and Capture the German forces. Instead of simply skipping along the North African coast, building Air bases and cutting off Rommel’s and Italy’s forces, the allies venture inland and lose a lot of tanks and troops. In 1943, about a quarter million German troops and a smaller number of Italian troops die or are taken prisoner and all the German and Italian materiel is lost in Africa.
93) Churchill and Harris stupidly decide to spend a fortune and sacrifice invaluable crews, planes, fuel and bombs in a massive air campaign (about 1/3 of the British war effort). They also convince the Americans to take part in the bombing. Unfortunately, there are no long range escorts, so losses are appalling during 1942 and 43. Moreover, after damaging much of the German industry in the Ruhr, Harris decides to start bombing Berlin, which is further from Britain (smaller bomb load) and better defended, so losses are appalling. The Ruhr uses the respite to keep up production. Close to a half million children, women and elderly people are killed in bombing raids, most German cities are ruined and the impact on the military is negligible. These bombers would have been much more useful fighting the Japanese in Burma, China, Korea, Indochina, etc, from the USSR and India and bombing the Japanese shipyards, ships, etc,
94) Stalin is pathologically afraid of German tanks and even though the Germans manufacture far fewer tanks than the USSR and have to send them to several countries and fronts, Stalin manufactures 67,000 T-34 tanks and about half as many among all the other types, 36,000 tank-busting Sturmoviks (airplanes) and 14 million 2.5 kg anti tank bombs. He also makes 6 million submachine guns and over a half million cannon, but for everything else, he relies pretty much on the American industry, which has the burden of supplying all the allies and itself on all fronts.
95) After failing on all fronts, in 1943 Hitler orders operation Citadel, which includes an attack on Kursk, where the Soviets have built thousands of antitank traps, have an incredible concentration of tanks, artillery, rockets, minefields, airplanes, troops, etc, (the most formidable fortification in history). So the German forces are practically wiped out and begin to withdraw rapidly toward Germany. Although Germany has hopelessly lost the war, Hitler refuses to concede defeat and dooms millions of people to their death, and incredibly, the German people do almost nothing besides a failed assassination attempt.
96) After defeating Rommel in Africa at a great cost, the Allies invade Sicily and then, on Churchill’s insistence, Italy. However, the mountainous terrain and the narrow peninsula make advancing very difficult and costly in allied lives, and almost to no avail, even when Germany capitulated, the Germans still held northern Italy, after over 50,000 allied casualties, so it was pointless.
The invasion of Sicily was lead extremely incompetently. Friendly fire shot down lots of planes loaded with paratroopers, etc, Although there were only 3 German divisions, most Italian divisions did not oppose fierce resistance and the allies have overwhelming naval and air support and many more tanks and artillery pieces, and the allies landed at many points, it took 2 months to expel axis forces, which are allowed to evacuate with minimum damage during the evacuation.
97) Although after Kursk the Soviets have practically won the war, the US continue supplying them with lots of materiel until the end of the war, that they would never pay and even though Stalin refuses to declare war on Japan and attack it, until a month after Germany falls. Why?
98) Not satisfied with delaying the invasion of France and forcing the Americans to invade Italy, Churchill insists on capturing the completely irrelevant Dodecanese Islands in the eastern Mediterranean. Although the Americans bluntly refuse to participate, Churchill forces his generals to invade. The Dodecanese Islands are far from British bases and he sends only a South African squadron of Spitfires and over 5,000 troops to invade the islands. Over 200 German planes promptly destroy the Spitfires and begin to sink British ships and to support German landings and paratroopers (the only instance of paratroopers being dropped after the great losses in Crete). 4 British cruisers, 5 destroyers, 4 minesweepers, 2 submarines and many boats are damaged or sunk, almost all the British troops are lost (no exemplary evacuation this time, only a few hundred men escape in small boats). Although the situation was completely hopeless, Churchill never forgave the Americans for not providing air support from bases 500 km away (despite the Americans having refused any participation from the outset). Incredibly, Churchill remains in power. It is just as surprising that Hitler would keep urgently needed troops, planes, etc, in those useless islands.
99) In the spring of 1943 the Americans know that the Japanese are sending a convoy to supply their troops in the Aleutians. The Americans send only a heavy and a light cruiser and 4 destroyers (a ridiculous force for the USN). The Japanese send 2 heavy and 2 light cruisers and 4 destroyers to escort the convoy. Near the Komandorsky Islands the Americans manage to damage both Japanese heavy cruisers with 6” shells from Richmond), while the Japanese damage the American heavy cruiser with 8” shells (for a while it stops dead in the water and is protected by smoke and DD attacks on the Japanese cruisers) and 2 destroyers (1 and 2 8” shells respectively). The Japanese commander does not finish off the American fleet. Instead the whole convoy returns for fear of aerial attack. So the Americans lost the battle, but achieved their goal of denying supplies to the invaders.
The Japanese made good use of their twenty 8” cannon, but poor use of a larger number of smaller guns with more rapid fire and their excellent long lance torpedoes, which should have sunk rapidly the tiny American fleet. This is one of the last naval battles without planes, rockets or submarines and one of the few without sunken ships and heavy casualties. Had the Japanese sunk all ships and delivered their supplies, they would have been in a much better position. Moreover, had they not attacked Alaska, but used those forces in Midway, they would have also won that battle.
100) In the Pacific, The Americans invade tiny Makin and lose an escort carrier and more men than the tiny Japanese garrison defending Makin. Despite having many very strong fleet carriers, 3 extremely vulnerable escort carriers are used for the invasion. A single torpedo from a Japanese submarine hits the escort carrier Liscome Bay in the bomb storage bay. The carrier blows up, killing most of the crew (including an admiral). The Americans were lucky that the submarine didn’t sink the other 2 escort carriers. The Americans also invade Tarawa, a useless islet at a tremendous cost, bomb Wewak, destroying hundreds of valuable Japanese planes and then isolate its 200,000 Japanese troops. The Americans also attack Truck (the Japanese Pearl Harbor), devastating the fleet and planes.
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101) General Lucas wastes the complete surprise of the Allied landings in Anzio and Nettuno on January 22, 1944. Instead of advancing rapidly and unopposed towards Rome, Lucas decides to consolidate his beachhead (without bothering to occupy the surrounding mountains), allowing Kesselring time to move several divisions, occupy the hills around the beachhead and prepare formidable defensive positions. The allies suffer 43,000 casualties before taking Rome.
102) MacArthur insists on taking the Philippines, overruling Nimitz, who wants to bypass them, going straight to Formosa. This single decision cost a lot of lives and time. General Lamay launches an extremely expensive series of massive raids that kill more people than the Hiroshima atomic bomb, but are ignored by the Japanese leadership, who cares little about Japanese lives.
103) Incredibly, after years of being defeated by planes and tanks, Churchill and Brooke state before the invasion fo Normandy in 1944 that tanks are obsolete and that it is better to return to 1918 tactics. Even more incredibly, Patton states the same thing to tank expert Lidell-Hart also before going to France.
104) At a very important meeting of the allied leaders regarding operation overlord on May 15, 1944, General Smuts, the South African prime minister staes in his speech that such a massive invasion has never been attempted and is likely to fail. An extremely defeatist speech at the worst possible time.
105) Although the only hope the Germans had to stop the invasion of France was to create and defend a dense mine belt, the over 200 allied minesweepers detected and neutralized only a few dozen mines over the large invasion area on D-day. Moreover, they managed to demine the area without losing a single minesweeper or alerting the Germans of the coming invasion.
106) During D day 13,000 tons of bombs are dropped by nearly 3,500 four engine bombers and over 1,500 twin engine bombers, but most of the bombs from the 4 heavy bombers fall well inland, causing no damage to the coastal fortifications and most of the bombs from the medium bombers fall short of the coast, so by far most of those bombs, fuel, manpower, etc, are wasted.
107) During D day in Omaha 32 tanks with canvas containers that should have allowed them to stay afloat are launched, but 28 of them sink in the heavy seas. Nobody has the brains to stop launching them after 8 sink one after another. All those trained crews and tanks are wasted away. It was absurd to send floating tanks in the initial waves anyway, since there was considerable naval artillery to cover the first landing. Unfortunately, the naval artillery was used inefficiently for lack of spotter planes and common sense. It is amazing that landings in the Pacific would receive much stronger barrages before the landing and much better coordinated and much stronger naval support during the landings than Omaha. In contrast to Omaha, in Utah most of the amphibious tanks arrive in the beach, because they are launched half as far from the beach and because of slightly different sea conditions caused by the Cotentin peninsula.
108) Although Omaha is expected and proves to be the most difficult beach on D-day, no paratroopers or glider troops at all arrive close to it. The closest paratroopers are dropped about 30 km away in the Utah sector. In contrast, Utah and Sword receive thousands of paratroopers and glider-born troops a few kilometers from the beaches (13,000 in Utah alone). Also, of the 104 destroyers used on D-day, only 12 covered Omaha (11.5%), the most difficult of the 5 beaches. Moreover, none of the thousands of rockets launched against Omaha reached the coast. Finally, the big guns of the 2 battleships, the monitor and the 4 cruisers covering Omaha were not used to bomb most of the artillery positions a few kilometers from the sea in Omaha, but were used mostly to cover the flanks. Accordingly, it is not surprising that Omaha had very high casualties and resulted in the smallest penetration and breadth of all beachheads on the 1st day. It would have been difficult to use such awesome naval artillery less efficiently and to sacrifice more men owing to incompetence.
109) Naval support was so inefficiently used during the few days after D-day that the 21st Panzer division managed to drive a wedge between Sword and Juno less than 3 km from the sea (well within the destroyer guns range of 17 km. No tanks should have been able to approach within 30 km from the sea, the range of the big guns of the battleships. Moreover, given the 12,000 planes available for D-day. No tanks or vehicles should have survived within 100 km from the sea.
110) During the advance to Caen, Montgomery leaves the incompetent Dempsey in charge. Dempsey orders O´Connor to attack a heavily fortified area with infantry, before the tanks arrive and his men take a beating. Then Dempsey leaves the critical liaison officer that call in air support vulnerable and when he is killed the tanks and troops take a beating for lack of support. Despite powerful naval and air support in the British sector, the Panzer divisions manage to pin down the Germans for a month in Caen. In contrast Bradley assigned a especial tank to Quesada, the liaison officer who delivers invaluable air support throughout the rapid American advance. The American troops face fewer German tanks and 88 mm cannon and with the Better support advance rapidly after they break out of the bocage. Then the Battle of the Bulge began and Patton was asked to move north and attack as soon as possible and given priority. The third army advanced 150 km in 3 days and ensured the German defeat.
111) Although Patton considered himself the most clever and aggressive tank commander in history, he ruined the brilliant dash of general Wood’s tanks (4th armored division) from Rénnes to Chateaubriant when the Germans had extremely few forces defending Paris and were completely disorganized. Patton ordered Wood to withdraw 20 miles and redirect his tanks towards extremely well defended and fortified and useless Brest, Lorient and St. Nazaire, where the Americans wasted invaluable time, men and tanks (the Germans held on to St. Nazaire till the end of the war and Brest was complete destroyed). Had Wood received the massive air support that other Patton’s division received and been encouraged to continue toward Paris, the Germans would have collapsed months earlier. The brilliant Wood was soon relieved and sent to train troops in the US.
Patton was much more concerned about his reputation and public image than about intelligence and his troops. He seemed to have ignored numbers completely. In a conversation with Lidell-Hart before arriving in France, Patton showed a complete ignorance of the forces then facing Montgomery and Bradley. Similarly, he often send his troops to extremely fortified areas, telling his commanders there were only a few hundred Germans there, when in fact there may be one or more division.
112) Although the Belgian resistance had liberated at great cost the invaluable, intact port of Antwerp, Montgomery did not immediately clear the Scheldt estuary, so the urgently needed port could be used. Instead, Montgomery conceived and planned operation Market Garden in which British, Polish and American paratroopers were dropped far behind enemy lines. They suffered very severe losses and failed to hold most of the bridges.
113) In 1944 McArthur ignores Admirals King and Nimitz, who want to bypass the Philippines and invade Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The Japanese have over a quarter million troops and lots of airplanes, etc, in the Philippines, so the campaign is extremely costly and delays the capture of the important islands closer to Japan. While the Americans are invading Leyte, admiral Halsey took all the large and most of the small carriers on a wild goose chase trying to destroy the almost planeless Japanese carriers to the North, leaving a ridiculously weak force to protect the huge fleet of transport ships loaded with men. The Japanese attacked with a massive fleet, including the largest battleships ever built, the Musashi and the Yamato, which could have easily wiped out the transport ships and their precious cargo. However, the tiny defending force with a few submarines, torpedo boats, destroyers, and escort carriers with primitive wildcats and bombers put up such a ferocious defense and sank or damaged so many Japanese ships, that admiral Murita thought he was fighting Halsey’s main fleet and withdrew, wasting the effect of the successful decoy fleet and the last reserves of fuel the Japanese had, so that the Americans landed without losses to the Japanese navy and the Japanese navy was in effect neutralized for lack of fuel and airplanes.
114) Instead of invading first Mindoro, which was poorly defended and adjacent to Luzon (the main objective), MacArthur wasted many men and invaluable time invading heavily defended Leyte, which was too far for air force bases for support of the invasion of Luzon. In the mean time the Japanese reinforced Luzon. After wasting 9 weeks securing Leyte with 200,000 men, MacArthur invaded Mindoro in 3 days with 10,000 men. Had he invaded Mindoro on October 20, 1944, he could have invaded Luzon 3 weeks later, instead of doing it in January.
115) While the Americans are invading Leyte, admiral Halsey takes all the large and most of the small carriers on a wild goose chase trying to destroy the almost planeless Japanese carriers to the North, leaving a ridiculously weak force to protect the huge fleet of transport ships loaded with men. The Japanese attacked with a massive fleet, including the largest battleships ever built, the Musashi and the Yamato, which could have easily wiped out the transport ships and their precious cargo. However, the tiny defending force with a few submarines, torpedo boats, destroyers, and escort carriers with primitive wildcats and bombers put up such a ferocious defense and sank or damaged so many Japanese ships, that admiral Kurita thought he was fighting Halsey’s main fleet and withdrew, wasting the effect of the successful decoy fleet and the last reserves of fuel the Japanese had, so that the Americans landed almost without losses to the Japanese navy and the Japanese navy was in effect neutralized for lack of fuel and airplanes.
116) Chiang Kai-shek was so incompetent that in spite of having millions of men at his disposal and American armament, the Japanese offensive of 1944 with 360,000 men rapidly advanced in Nationalist China and almost occupied Kunming, Chiang’s capital, which had the airport that received all the American materiel flown over the Hump at great cost. The Americans had to transport by air two Chinese divisions from Myitkyina (Burma), which had been fed, trained and armed by the Americans in India to defend Kunming. Chiang hoarded most of the supplies, because he was afraid that if he gave them to his generals, they might overthrow him.
117) When the Americans see that Mao´s 3 million men fight much better than Chiang’s troops in 1944, they start supplying them generously, not realizing that they are delivering the most populated country to the communists. Had the atomic bomb not worked, the communists would have taken over the world in 1947.
118) In the winter of 1944 Hitler launches the Ardennes offensive, losing his best tanks and troops on the western front, while the Soviets are rapidly advancing on the eastern front, yet Hitler does not surrender.
119) The US spend 4.5 billion dollars building B-29 bases in China in order to bomb Japan, which are quickly captured in 1944 by the Japanese, who sweep aside Chiang Kai-shek’s army.
120) In late 1944 Finland and Romania become Germany’s enemies, and the Eastern front practically collapses, yet Hitler would not surrender. Japan had lost practically all its ships and boats, has no oil and is starving, but would not surrender. Both countries had lost hundreds of thousands to bombing raids, but that was irrelevant to their leaders.
121) Montgomery with 500 tanks refuses to chase Rommel’s 50 tanks after el Alamein II, out of caution. Yet, a more experienced Montgomery throws caution out the window 2 years later and sends British, Polish and American paratroopers deep into German territory in Holland in order to capture bridges over the Rhine. The tanks which are supposed to save the paratroopers have to travel through flooded country on roads that are defended by antitank artillery. The armor suffers heavy losses and is delayed and the paratroopers are surrounded by hundreds of German tanks and are trounced. The complete control of the air is used inefficiently to destroy the enemy tanks and antitank guns.
122) On January 1, 1945 Hitler launches operation Bodenplatte, which involves most of the Luftwaffe’s fighters (950 planes), including those in the eastern front. Many German AA batteries had not been notified and shot down dozens of German planes. The Germans managed to destroy about 200 British and American planes on the ground and a few in the air, but lost close to 300 planes and over 200 pilots that they could not replace, while the allies readily replaced their planes and lost few pilots. When the allies enter Germany in operations Plunder and Varsity, the Luftwaffe can hardly oppose them. Many of the German planes lost during Bodenplatte were shot down by German Flak, because Flak units were not informed of the German attack.
123) Just like he had done in Stalingrad and many costly and absurd battles, Hitler denies permission to withdraw and orders the defense of Budapest with a few poorly equipped troops against a half million Soviet and Romanian troops. Equally stupidly, Stalin orders his troops to capture the useless city that is fully surrounded, so casualties are shocking on both sides. About a half million Hungarians are transported to the Soviet Union to do slave labor, over 100,000 of them are German descent.
124) In 1945 denial has become an epidemic. Japan and Germany continue to fight, losing troops, civilians and buildings more rapidly all the time. About 2.5 million Germans with very few airplanes, tanks, etc, face 6 million Soviets with impressive amounts of equipment and 1 million Germans face 4 million troops of the western allies, also with formidable equipment. Incredibly, the US continues to supply the USSR with massive amounts of free high octane fuel, materiel, food, explosives, etc, till the end of the war, although Germany is obviously defeated by 1944.
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You win the incompetent leadership contest hands down. I am not about to go through that list item for item and tell you why you are wrong and why what you claim was "incompetence" was merely decision making with the available facts and knowledge of the period versus 20 - 20 hindsight over half a century later.
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Tell you what Draco, pick say... 5 of those. Your favorites. I'll demolish them.

Anybody else got one they'd like to see stomped on by facts?
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I'm just utterly amazed that someone would take the time to type out all that drivel when they know that no one is going to read it or take them seriously.
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For sheer industry that effort will take some beating: as suggested, why not break it up into digestable proportions to enable the points to be dealt with individually ?
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Yes, a big pair of tomatoes on a steaming hot set of buns...

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I'm just utterly amazed that someone would take the time to type out all that drivel when they know that no one is going to read it or take them seriously.
Can't really comment on it being drivel. When I saw the size, I didn't bother to read it much less take it seriously.
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Makes War and Peace look like a pamphlet
Worse, it makes War and Peace look like a work of detailed non-fiction academic scholarship...
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74) Although British intelligence warned King of an imminent, large submarine attack along the Eastern Seaboard, the USN did nothing and the Germans sank 600 ships in the second happy time. The US did not even black out the coastal cities, so that the U-boats used the city light as background to see the ships at night.
It's actually 268... 287 if you count ones that were damaged.

Want the names and dates? I got those too...

The British didn't warn the US. But, it was less than a dozen U-boats that did the damage and most of those ended up sunk. Initially, the Germans sent just 6 Type XI boats... all that were on patrol seeing as how these boats were fairly scarce to begin with in 1941...

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