By Leo Kessler
Attack Regiment Wotan, the elite band of guys whom Kuno von Dodenburg had led so frequently to victory, were mercilessly diminish within the forests of the Ardennes. simply Sergeant-Major Schulze remained to guide the battered, conflict weary survivors of Hitler's famed SS throughout the mystery omit the snow-locked Vertes Mountains, within the Fuhrer's determined plan to avoid wasting Budapest from the Soviet armies. each one in every of them knew that it was once the plan of a madman, and each guy knew that regardless of the rate it needed to be successful.
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3(b) (Miiller). 1. Hitler's Decision in Favour of War war. The military triumph in the west was thought to have opened for Berlin the road towards utilizing the Soviet Union as a supplier region. This euphoric assessment was at variance with the fact that Germany was not in a position to counterbalance Soviet deliveries by exports of her own, so that Moscow could call in its advances at any time. But how was the Soviet Union to be coerced into its assigned supplementary role in a unified European large-scale economic region for Germany's benefit, an economic region the creation of which had begun immediately after the conclusion of the French campaign?
Hitler had never shared the view that a great battle outside or for Moscow could bring about the overall decision. He attached greater importance to gaining control of the major industrial regions, the oilfields, and other economic centres, in order thereby to reduce the enemy's vital strength. Halder failed to convince him with his massive effort against Moscow: this did not give enough weight to the problems on ~e southern wing of the eastern front, where the objectives of the first phase of the advance were not achieved on time.
4 Germany and the Second World War, ii. 418. 1. Hitler's Decision in Favour of War Hitler's ideological fixations and political calculations even more forcefully than in 1939. What was entirely overlooked amid those nationalist noises was the fact that Germany's position on the continent of Europe was by no means secure. It depended, above all, on Britain's readiness to come to terms or on her defeat. While the public cherished the hope that the attack against Britain would start immediately, with the British being defeated in six months at the most,S Hitler believed that, in view of its military weakness, London would give in.
Blood and Ice (The Dogs of War, Book 7) by Leo Kessler