Originally Posted by swordrapier
Zhukov.... strategist.... It seems to me that Zhukov's only strategy was to pile on manpower and equipment onto German lines. If he broke though great if not well try it again else were. It worked but that doesn't mean that it was brilliant strategy.
The German cause would have been helped if Hitler would have allowed His armies to fall back to more defenciable positions before they were bleed white by the red army. Zhukov strategy worked because Hitler's ego exacerbated German difficulties.
After Kursk onwards were the Germans doing this, and they inflicted very heavy Soviet casualties right up until the end of the Battle of Berlin. But you're right, had they started doing this earlier then who knows. Certainly the Red Army was the only army in the world IMO that was able to survive such grievous casualties and still win. Had Zhukov been a German, British or American marshall he'd have been dismissed after the debacle that was Operation Mars.