Originally Posted by tburns
I believe the turning point was a series of decisions made by Hitler on multiple fronts, I believe under right leadership a war of attrition to Germany would be irrelevant if Germany had fully understood its military capability. First of all Germany had the most intelligent military thinkers of the time, Heinz Guderian, father of the tank, Erwin Rommel, a solid officer training program, not fully utilized by Hitler what so ever when he took command of OKW- first mistake. Secondly, Hitler totally ignored his most closest advisor Albert Speer, the armaments director who ingeniously got every once of production of the country as possible. But so much bickering inside the reich for the power struggle made Hitler spread his resources out and his thought process. Lastly BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, not utilizing the most brilliant engineers and scientists in the world, Werner Von Braun = V2 and V3 rocket, the ME 262, Stg44= the blueprints for the modern AK-47. Utilizing these weapons and brilliant minds would have put the swastika from Western Europe to the Kremlins house, GAME OVER
Well Hitler did make a number of crucial strategic errors it's true, but none had the impact that the loss at Stalingrad had. Had Hitler fully listened to his generals, IMO they would have captured Moscow in the summer of 1942, long BEFORE the 'wonder weapons' came into play. Lucky for us that he was so arrogant that he thought they could teach him nothing.
With Moscow fallen it would have been all over for the Stalinist regime and Hitler would have been able to re-deploy his best divisions to Western Europe. Under those circumstances I seriously doubt D-Day would ever have been attempted.
Actually, wonderful though the V2 and ME262 ect were, they diverted vital resources at a time when Germany really needed to concentrate on afv and aircraft production. You're right on one point though, Hitler did not really appreciate the unique talents and abilities at his disposal. He had truly brilliant generals and scientists available and often he ignored their advice. One less well known 'decision' of Hitler was not to put German industry on a war footing in the first 2 years of the war, a telling mistake that was to have real consequences for Germany when things began to go against them. I also agree that Albert Speer was a brilliant adminstrator who did did very well for Hitler.