Originally Posted by AriX
Yes,main German mistake was war in the East.Germans had very bad intelligence info about Red army( thay supposed that Soviets had aprox. 150 ingantry divisions,15 cavalery divisions and 10-15 tank brigades).Thats way,Germans think tat war will take 3 months.
Second main failure - Germans dont mobilezed thair economy for military needs until 1943.
Third - Germans had weak allies in Europe (Romanians,Italians etc.)
After Stalingrad battle strategic initiative came to russian hands,and Germans had no chance to win war in the East.
on the first "failure":this is irrelevant,what would the Germans have done,if they knew the real situation of the Soviet Army ?
on the second "failure" :this is a myth:Germany was mobilizing already in 1939 (a good source is 'the wages of destruction' by A.Tooze)
on the third "failure" :this is no failure,the German allies were weak,but there was nothing Germany could do about .