What if: Hitler didn't attacked Russia?

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  1. al49

    al49 Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if the above thread already exist but, in any case, I think it could be an interesting mental exercise to think what could have happened if Germany would have used these resources to conquer Egypt and reach M.E. fields from there.
    It's up to you now.
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    With Soviet Union providing the oil, and the bulk of the army not consuming it, there is no need for Germans to go beyond Suez channel. Germany wins.
     
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    I agree with Tomo. However, would like to point out that according to my opinion war between Germany and Soviet Union was inevitable. It would happen sooner or later.
     
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    All good what-ifs require concessionary thinking
    alot of variables to play with

    i. D-Day landings would have proven significantly more problematic if not unfeasible in their historic form
    ii. Malta would likely have been squashed and the gateway to N Africa flung open
    iii. Any extended non-belligerence pact between Germany and the USSR might have been complicated by the activities of her Axis partner in the USSR's east; would Germany's non-aggression necessarily secure Japan's?

    If the USSR are prepared to pump raw materials into Germany's war effort then the war of attrition, whilst probably still not winnable, has become an order of magnitude more difficult. Stalin naively believed that the pact between Germany and the USSR made them practically invincible, if he could be seduced into full-scale commitment there's every chance the war could have gone the other way; the Soviet war machine, unlike the US war machine, didn't have to ferry its hardware across the Atlantic and THEN stage it into Europe from UK bases.

    The question there would be whether the Nazis wanted W Europe saturated, out of necessity, with Communist troops, easy to bring in, good luck with getting them out.
     
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    It was inevitable, yes, but if Hitler had postponed his invasion of Russia, that would have given Rommel the time/material needed to take N.Africa, Goering to defeat England, and consolidate Germany's hold on Europe. Then they would have had all the oil they needed, and only a single-front war to fight (with England out, the Atlantic would have been German, making a cross-oceanic invasion from the US a VERY difficult proposition). The US would have had to contend with that (there were plans in place, and even offices already set up, for a British-govt-in-exile back in '40-'41...just in case), as well as the Pacific war. Any war in Europe, had Hitler conquered Britain, would have had to come over through Russia...which would have put everyone back on a WWI-style stalemate, two massively huge armies straining against each other on one front.

    That's my early-morning-pre-caffeine assessment.
     
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    What if: Hitler didn't attacked Russia?

    Then - in due course - Stalin would have attacked Hitler.

    MM
     
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    You beat me to it...
     
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    Can't argue with that....
     
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    In fact the Russians were preparing to do exactly that. The target was to have been Rumania....wonder why. This explaions the preponderance of Soviet armour in the South at the the time of barbarossa. The Soviets were planning to undertake their attack some time in 1942
     
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    I agree with the posts above. A nazi-Soviet conflict was inevitable on idealogical grounds rather than any geo- political ones. Having said that the nazis "living space" was always in the east and the natural antipathy of the two political systems can't be overestimated.
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    Meanwhile, back at the what-if...
     
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    To start a war against Germany over Romania? For what?
    Natural resources? Russia had plenty of those, would never start a war for oil. Doesnt make any sense.
    Political? Were there any commmunist movements in Romania at the time? To the best of my knowlege they were practically non existent.
    Ethnical? There is more differences between Russians and Romanians then between Mexicans and Canadians.
    Territorial? The Soviets had already returned Bessarabia as a result of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. No further territorial claims were considered.

    Would Stalin ever attak Germany first? He in fact was more practical then he seems. Ideology has always been a priority in SU but not a good enough reason to go to a war against a superior enemy. There should have been something else.
    Germany on the other hand had much better motives (besides ideological factor) to go to the East: living space, resources, slave labor, etc. The war would've erupted earlier or late, no doubt. The Soviets were lucky to win two years. Had Barbarossa been planned for 39', who knows, we all would probably speak German now.
     
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    #13 DerAdlerIstGelandet, Mar 13, 2010
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    The Germans were just as ill prepared for war against Russia in 1939 as the Russians were. Even Hitler knew he could not attack Russia in 1939.
     
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    HMMM.. I think that if there was not a russian /german conflict, the russians would have probably clased with the japanese in manchuria , ( which they did in 39) and this may have led to a large russian army entering china.

    However I dont think stalin would leave the west russia in a weak position , there is a theory that if the Germans had not invaded russia, pushed through north africa, into india and link with the japanese.

    Germany would have gained support from arab nations and perhaps india seeking its independence from the British empire, thus also surronding russia on all sides...
     
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    I fully agree with you and I think that we, born after the end of WW2, are all lucky that Hitler decided to start what was the beginning of his end. (As well as the end of Mussolini)
    Alberto
     
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    Yep, plus he had no other armies (Finnish, Romanian, Hungarian, Italian) to make up the numbers. And if we assume he went through Poland to invade SU, that means UK France at war.
     
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    Stalin moved against Romania to deny Hitler access to Romanian oil. He didn't "need" the oil himself but he knew Germany did.

    MM
     
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    Is that anti-Romanian campaign of '44 you think about?
     
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    No tomo - it is in '39 or '40 - post M-R Pact. I'll find a date/details and post but the action was what prompted the Romanians to ally with Hitler.

    MM
     
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    The reason for attacking Rumania was about establishing a strong presence in the balkans. Stalin was seeking to establish political control over Europe, and traditionally the starting point for that was through dominating the balkans. Thats why the balkans was known as the "backdoor to Europe". Stalin wanted to gain political influence over the Germans and prevent them from dominating the whole of Europe. The fact that it was a gross overestimation of Russian capabilities is irrelevant really.
     
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