hammer at firenet.uk.com
Sun Mar 28 05:13:22 EST 2004
It is my understanding that, from the British perspective at least,
Operation Barbaroosa spelled doom for the Third Reich.
According to one person present in the room when Anthony Eden, Churchill's
Foreign Secretary and later Prime Minister, was informed that Russia had
unleashed Operation Barborossa, Eden slapped his knees in utter joy and
excitedly exclaimed "we've won the war, we've won the war."
> My understanding of what happened is that some German generals realized by
> 1943 that Hitler was leading Germany to ruin. This was not an easy
> realization to come by, since Hitler had done so well in expanding Germany
> up to the summer of 1941 (against all military advice). Even Operation
> Barbarossa in June 1941 could have worked if Hitler hadn't run the
> operation. Hitler increasingly trusted only his own military strategy; he
> stared at maps all day long; generals who disagreed with him were fired
> replaced. Stalingrad was a botch; it never should have been
> attempted. The real goal was the oil fields, which Hitler's armies could
> easily have taken over, and then leisurely disposed of Stalin.
> The German conspirators took their case (through intermediaries) to
> Churchill. But Churchill and his advisers, who were not dummies, saw the
> same thing that the conspirators saw, namely, that Hitler was proceeding
> lose the war for Germany. By 1943, and clearly by early 1944, Hitler was
> the Allies' best secret weapon. Thus, it would not have been in Britain's
> best interests to cooperate in assassinating Hitler; he would surely be
> replaced by someone with more military and strategic intelligence. So,
> Churchill gave the conspirators the run-around. They went ahead and tried
> anyway without British help, and almost succeeded.
> Tony D'Amato
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