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- He was an anglophile and admired the english for their empire and culture.
- He hated France and blamed them for the Versailles treaty.
- In Mein Kampf (I've only read excerpts of the filthy (and boring) thing) he only refers to lebensraum in the east.
When I said historically I meant before the 20th century. And I didn't mean super close allies, more like shared interests. Which is really the only thing a state should have.
The Vergeltungs (sorry, I'm not a teacher but I had to correct you) weapons were a distraction. No more. Just like most of those high techy things that they were famous for.
The weapons that mattered were the simple Stug III, Panzer IV and Me-109/FW-190.
Good point about ball bearings but they got most of them from neutral Sweden. Good old British politicking finally stopped that.
They were in France to knock the French out of the war so they could concentrate on Russia. I've read (sorry, no sources yet) that Hitler more or less hoped that they could come to an agreement with England. Historically England and Germany have mostly been allies. As were France and Russia. And Churchill was even more anti-Red then anti-Nazi.
I was looking for this quote earlier in response to your "artillery killed more germans" post:
"The Jeep, the Dakota airplane, and the landing craft were the three tools that won the war."
General Dwight Eisenhower, Allied Supreme Commander, Europe.
On fuel you're right. The attack on Stalingrad was really a sideshow to the bigger move towards the Persian oil fields.
They got sucked into North Africa because Hitler wanted to save Mussolini's face.
And you could argue that the whole France/Lowlands thing actually freed up troops that otherwise would have needed to protect the western border. If it wasn't for that drunken lecher Churchill the English might very well have dropped out of the war after the battle of France.
Try to view things from different perspectives. That might be easier for someone not living in a superpower though.
You might say that the germans were fighting a 5-front war at the time of Stalingrad. 6 fronts if you count the allied air offensive (which wasn't in full swing at that time).
Great point about soviet logistics. I'd like to read up on that. Never really thought about it, which is quite stupid if you think about the scale of their offensives.
The only reason for Poland is that nobody wants Russia and Germany to share a border.
You know what a relatively small shared border did with France and Germany, you fact and Poland loving person?
Admittedly the Elzas has coal and Poland only has Poles and Wodka. Lots of Wodka. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Except before 11 am. Which it isn't.
On the other hand. Any army he could have send would be overextended anyway. Russia is just to big and it only gets bigger and wider the further you go.