Biggest Blunders in Military History - Page 4




 
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March 8th, 2005  
Kilgore
 
Yeah but it surely ruined germany's chance to win WW2. If only they invaded the United kingdom.
March 8th, 2005  
Doppleganger
 
 
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Originally Posted by Kilgore
Yeah but it surely ruined germany's chance to win WW2. If only they invaded the United kingdom.
But they probably couldn't, even if they had won the Battle of Britain. Besides, I think a war between Germany & the USSR was inevitable. Even so, I agree that ultimately Barbarossa was a major blunder, if only because Hitler completely underestimated the USSR and its will to resist.
March 8th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
"If only"???

Thank God they didn't!!
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March 8th, 2005  
Kilgore
 
The british will no doubt give the germans a hard time, but i think the germans would be somewhat successful. By the way i have also heard that Stalin wanted to invade Germany in a later period. So of course the war was inevitable.
March 8th, 2005  
serbianpower
 
war was inevitable, but it was not at that point of time.
March 8th, 2005  
The Other Guy
 
 
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Like the link shows, it was not the question of if there would be a war between Germany and the USSR, but when.
March 8th, 2005  
Kilgore
 
Thats basically it. The Russians were trying to spread communism throughout europe and even helped the communists in the Spanish civil war. It was a sign that those two nations were already in a "Cold War".
March 8th, 2005  
godofthunder9010
 
 
The manner that the USA got into and out of Vietnam.
The USSR's invasion of Afganistan.
Russia's underestimation and beating at the hands of Japan in the 1905 war.
The maiden voyage of the K19 COULD have outdone anything, but thank heavens it didn't turn out that way!!
Hannibal's failure to attack and take Rome for ... how many years again?
The Persian Empires attempts to conquer Greece, and subsequently the Greek/Macedonian conquest of Persia.
The 30 Years War.
The Qing Dynasty's policy toward European Colonial Powers in the 1800's.
The Battle of Liegnitz.
March 8th, 2005  
Doppleganger
 
 
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Originally Posted by The Other Guy
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Like the link shows, it was not the question of if there would be a war between Germany and the USSR, but when.
Correct. The almost opposite ideologies, Hitler's own vision in Mein Kampf and just the simple fact that both wanted to be top dog and both needed/wanted expansion in the roughly the same areas made it inevitable. There is some who now hold the view that Stalin was even perhaps planning his own pre-emptive strike in 1941. So maybe Hitler was aware of this and knew he had to strike first. It's possible he didn't want to in 1941 but that his hand was forced.

http://bread.book.h4c.pl/k659
March 9th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Speculation now is that Hitler's health issues are what "forced" his hand. Parkinson's disease was much more deadly in the '40s than it is now and Hitler knew his life expectancy was limited. He had to rush his plans of conquest accordingly.