Hitler: Why move into Africa - Page 3




 
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February 4th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
One thing left out from this discussion is that Italy already _owned_ Libya. It was an Italian colony at the time.
February 4th, 2005  
KC72
 
 
Italy wanted to be seen as an equal partner to the germans so despite doing next to nothing in europe,the italians decided to attack british somaliland while britain was preoccupied with defending herself.The whole offensive though was a disaster and the italians were routed and asked for german help to stop the british taking italian land
August 12th, 2005  
ill be damed if i know
 
 
Too help their Italian allies who were having trouble defeating the british (in fact they were losing and being pushed back at a heavy price)
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August 13th, 2005  
mmarsh
 
 
To help their Italian Allies and to Control the Suez Canal and thus put a strangle hold on the UK.
October 15th, 2005  
Desert fox
 
Because Hitler wanted to get back the colonies he lost in world war 1 in the treaty of versails. Also because mussalini faild to take Africa so hitler had to send Rommel
October 25th, 2005  
Fox
 
 
Yeah, Hitler or Rommels called them Aficak Korps
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Not sure if spell correct.
October 25th, 2005  
Ted
 
 
Well the German colonies weren't in North Africa so that didn't play a roll. But the spreading of fascism and inability to maintain power in that region didn't go well together. So it was more for the pr that Hitler sent the Afrika Corps (with that delightfull emblem of a palmtree with swastika... very touristic).
Secondly Englands hold of Malta could be undone with naval and air force power. They hoped to gain power of the Mediterranean Sea by removing the Brits from Malta and Tobruk. The first failed and the second succeeded and was seen as a major disaster in England.
December 13th, 2005  
Reiben
 
 
There are a number of reasons why Hitler invaded Africa or at least supported the italians.

1, Germany decided to use the U boat camapign to defeat England, knocking out the Russians the last major possible european ally later in the year. But was not in a position to deliver a knock out blow to the British on land at that time. Sealion had been cancelled and Russia was the main target.
2, The Italians where on the verge of total defeat and decided to support their ally.
3, By invading they tied british forces up, although they did tie their own forces too. But '41 numbers of german troops where not excessive. Given the resources allocated to Rommel it doesnt seem that the germans had the intention of completely defeating britain in egypt.
4, Kept the british away from german oil interests.

Just a few thoughts for discussion. Need to get out the desert books again.
December 17th, 2005  
Fox
 
 
If I were Hitler, I shouldn't invade England, Russia, and Africa at SAME TIME. It is TOO MUCH to do.
December 17th, 2005  
Reiben
 
 
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Originally Posted by Fox
If I were Hitler, I shouldn't invade England, Russia, and Africa at SAME TIME. It is TOO MUCH to do.
Not without having three wheatabix for breakfast first. Mind you he did put a towell on the sun lounger first.

German military policy was always against a war on two fronts. Declaring war on America was crazy. Dont think America would have declared war on him, well not for sometime.