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but without us I doubt they could've won.


Not sure about that. The defeats of the Germans in the East decimated their army. And the red army started pushing back on the germans. The british held off Germany for the duration of the war, but they were weakened by repeated bombings.

In short, it's an asinine comment. You can't say that without American support, Europe would have fallen. Because it simply didn't happen. It wasn't just the Allied forces (american, canadian) getting involved that stopped Germany. But granted, we once we were involved, Germany lost many battles quicker, and their factories were pretty much destroyed and American air superiority completely decimated German air power. So no air power, factories, or fuel halted Germany from making any ground. It was a combined effort of the US, British, Soviets, and the rest of the allies that stopped the axis powers. America was just better trained than the rest.






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Hitler was no great military mind, but he had at his disposal one of the most impressive general staffs in military history. I mean he had Rommel, Manstein, Guderian among others. Hitler just knew where and when to strike, he is perhaps one of greatest politicians ever.

I give no one from the USSr any credit they all just sucked. It's like if 20 guys rushed Mike Tyson, they would overwhelm him. Same goes for anyone from Union during the Civil War.

Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Longstreet and Forrest. To me it's guys that did more with less. Napoleon was brilliant just got too cocky.






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General Patton, General Middleton







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boogiewoogie1978
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Sun Tzu





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I give no one from the USSr any credit they all just sucked. It's like if 20 guys rushed Mike Tyson, they would overwhelm him. Same goes for anyone from Union during the Civil War.



Zhukov says hello.






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To be honest, the reason Southerners are "butthurt" has a lot to do with the fact that the South was skullfricking the North on the battlefield and just ran out of guys, and more importantly, competent generals.


"Amateurs study tactics. Professionals study logistics." Variously attributed to Rommel or Bradley. In any case, the South could have won five more years worth of battles and still lost the war, as long as the political will remained strong in the North. As Shelby Foote points out, the North overwhelmed the South with manpower and materials, while never at any point being more than about 50% mobilized.






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Totally agree.





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Spaceman Spiff
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Two battles


Hmm, can you name more than those two in the ETO? As far as major battles, there weren't all that many - just a lot of "smaller" if that's the right word. But, you are correct - it was a combined effort...at the same time you can't forget the PTO. How would we have we done without using so many resources in the PTO?






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Hitler yeah till the Americans got over there


LOL

He lost because

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Stalin


and he couldn't match the sheer manpower of the russians and support two fronts.


Hitler should be automatically removed for throwing away his empire for pride and greed. He made one of the dumbest military strategy moves of all time when he tried to take on two fronts against world powers.






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shifty94
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Alexander the Great
Erwin Rommel
Genghis Khan
Napoleon
Hannibal






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Not sure about that. The defeats of the Germans in the East decimated their army. And the red army started pushing back on the germans. The british held off Germany for the duration of the war, but they were weakened by repeated bombings.

In short, it's an asinine comment. You can't say that without American support, Europe would have fallen. Because it simply didn't happen. It wasn't just the Allied forces (american, canadian) getting involved that stopped Germany. But granted, we once we were involved, Germany lost many battles quicker, and their factories were pretty much destroyed and American air superiority completely decimated German air power. So no air power, factories, or fuel halted Germany from making any ground. It was a combined effort of the US, British, Soviets, and the rest of the allies that stopped the axis powers. America was just better trained than the rest.





NOPE

our training didn't win the war. In fact prior to 1941 our military was pretty much in terrible shape. We were far from a world power.

our industrial might won the war.

and without that Germany would have won with or without are military involvement.







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TigerFanInSouthland
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And why do you doubt that? Go ahead, I'd love to hear your evidence.


Because we were aiding the British in getting guns, ammo, etc. to even get their men to battle before we entered and the fact that Britain had been asking us for some time also helps.






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LSUTiger10387
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Sun Tzu


Art of War is insightful, I always found Sun Tzu to be more pragmatic and common sense as opposed to military expertise though the guy was good.






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he is perhaps one of greatest politicians ever.



The greatest public speaker of all time no doubt.







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"Amateurs study tactics. Professionals study logistics." Variously attributed to Rommel or Bradley. In any case, the South could have won five more years worth of battles and still lost the war, as long as the political will remained strong in the North. As Shelby Foote points out, the North overwhelmed the South with manpower and materials, while never at any point being more than about 50% mobilized.


It also helps when you fight an entire war in your opponents homeland






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Again, disagree. Militarily he was a joke. He basically used his troops as human shields. The only reason Moscow wasn't overrun was due to Hitler's idiocy to invade Russia during winter.


Hitler launched his invasion Russia on June 22, 1941. Ironically this was the 129th anniversary of Napoleon's invasion of Russia. neither ended well for the invaders.

As for what stopped the German's at Moscow's suburbs, there were three important factors.

1. Exhaustion. The Germans had crossed from the the middle of Poland in June and arrived in front of Moscow in October. contrary to popular myth, the average German division was not a Panzer division or even motorized. Most were foot slogging infantry supported by horse drawn divisional "trains" (artillery, medical, & supply). The men and horse were worn to a nub.

2. Weather - As I stated the Germans arrived in front of Moscow in October. The weather was already beyond what we can comprehend in regards to winder conditions. The snow was non stop and temps were well below 0. This is where the fact that most German divisions were standard infantry comes into play. These men who had largely marched across half of European Russia since June were mostly still in the same thin summer issue uniforms which by then had deteriorated into at best rags. They lacked any winter equipment and were freezing to death... literally.

3. Russian reinforcements - While the Germans arrived in front of Moscow as a worn out, depleted and exhausted force. The Soviets, although initially very weak with a thinly held line, quickly brought in massive reinforcements (completely equipped and ready for the article conditions unlike the Germans) from the east and first stopped then threw back the Germans.






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LSUTiger10387
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Zhukov says hello


He came into position after the purges and I believe he was an old Calvary man which Stalin loved having been in the Calvary during the revolution. Again he so much more at his disposal than Germany but had the sense to use it along with basic military tactics. I give him credit for bucking Stalin but I believed they did kill him off. Not sure.






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and without that Germany would have won with or without are military involvement.


How were they going to magically beat back the Soviet advance again?

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Because we were aiding the British in getting guns, ammo, etc. to even get their men to battle before we entered and the fact that Britain had been asking us for some time also helps.


The Lend-Lease program is a very small cog in the wheel and doesn't carry anywhere near the amount of significance required to support your assertion.






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Spaceman Spiff
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our industrial might won the war.


Totally agree, but as the war went on training/tactics did a lot more than you think...






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quickly brought in massive reinforcements (completely equipped and ready for the article conditions unlike the Germans) from the east and first stopped then threw back the Germans.

Had we not supplied more men to the allies, Stalin would have mopped up what Hitler had conquered and taken Europe for himself



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