About Hitler and Sung Tsu Page 5
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The Italian navy did pretty well and the British navy and army quite badly in Crete. The Italian navy managed to supply Rommel, despite the RN and RAF and although Hitler was sending most of the equipment, fuel, ammunition, etc, to the USSR and little was destined for Rommel.
The main disadvantage of the italian navy was the lack of radar, which should have been corrected by Hitler.
Like I said, without Malta and Alexandria the RN would have been pretty useless in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Imperial navy won all the battles up to the Coral Sea. It forced the British navy to abandon the eastern Indian Ocean, running all the way to Kenya. The British were only able to sail relatively safely in parts of the eastern Indian ocean (far from Burma and East India) when the Japanese withdrew their carrier after the Doolittle raid. In 1939 it was far superior to the British navy and together with the Italian navy and LW could have easily kept the RN away from the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
Had Guderian not lived, the Panzer force would have been much weaker, France would have taken at least 6 more months to fall and at a much higher cost and the eastern front would have collapsed at least a year before. Although he was despised by Hitler, Halder, Bock, Kluge, etc, and out of work for a while, he managed to advance more with fewer resources and in a shorter time and against more formidable forces than any other general and then in coordination with Speer made considerable contributions to the fighting effectiveness of the Wehrmacht, despite having to fight Hitler, Himmler, Göring, the artillery officers, etc, constantly.
The famous Rommel was but an apprentice compared to Guderian.
Hitler considered replacing Brauchitsch with Guderian in 1941 (a move which Stauffenberg supported) and it was fortunate for the allies that Hitler himself replaced Brauchitsch.
Besides Hitler, the biggest obstacle that Guderian faced was Göring, whom he considered so lazy that it was useless to talk to him, preferring to use even Göbbels to try to influence Hitler. Unfortunately for Guderian, the LW (and hence Göring) controlled even the production of the Panzers until Speer managed to put it under Guderian, but by then it was too late.
It is unbelievable that the laziest and not very bright nazi would be in charge of the most important LW (which also controlled most of the invaluable 88 mm cannon and some Panzer forces), economy, production, etc, for so long.
Last edited by samneanderthal; December 27th, 2011 at 15:00..
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Armored artillery and penetration tactics were invented by Agbar the great, who mounted breech loading, steel cannon on rotating fixtures and on armored elephants centuries before Napoleon and Lee were using muzzle loading, bronze cannon with limited mobility. He also used high carbon steel muskets that were much superior to those use used in the west.
In a sense the 1918 German spring offensive was a Blitzkrieg that used airplanes and storm troops to break though the front, achieving in weeks what had not been achieved in years. But by then the Americans were in the war with fresh, well supplied and paid troops. Incredibly,more British troops died in 1918 than in the rest of the war.
Last edited by samneanderthal; December 27th, 2011 at 15:28..
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"you might care to insert a remark (in the English translation of Panzerleader)that I emphasized the use of armoured forces for longrange operations against the opposing Army's communications,and also the proposed type of armoured division combining Paner and Panzer-infantry units-AND THAT THESE POINTS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED YOU."
Guderian did as requested.(a copy of the letter has been found by K.Macksey)
Liddell Hart used the same method with the widow of Rommel,and with Manstein.
LH has been accused of deceit ,tendentious report of history and of a fabricated version of history ,and of distorting and falsifying facts .
Before WWII,his influence was very limited.This changed after the war,by his using of sneaking methods,and by his writing of a modern version of the Tales of Baron von Munchhausen :the German generals talk (it could be written by Sam)
And about DeGaulle :his proposed division was not a balanced form of combined arms :he proposed something that never could work :a panzerdivision of 500 tanks .
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At Cape Spatha, a British naval task force prevented reinforcments arriving sinking both troop transports and its Italian escorts which in turn prevented any further attempt to land troops by ship on the island.
Say what you like but the RN of all the branches in the British armed forces performed very well in the first few years of the war when things looked rather bleak for the UK and this especially goes for its Destroyer forces who sacrificed a lot to rescue troops in evacuations, recover prisoners (Altmark/Cossack incident) or extract an Enigma and its code books (HMS Bulldog).
As for the bit about Malta and Alexandria I agree without ports a Navy is generally not going to do well but your comment is misleading as using the same logic I could say without airfields in England the RAF would have been ineffective over southern England.
In my opinion if you want to see the true father of the German armoured forces go find out more about Ernst Volckheim.
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation. ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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Source: Through Mobility We Conquer, The mechanization of U.S. Cavalry by George F. Hofmann
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