Jim Eagle Feather wrote:Had Germany faced just England or just Russia it could have defeated them. Against only Britain Germany would have won fairly easily.
This is highly debateable. The German military of 1939 to 1945 was not really designed to make a major cross channel invasion. Relative to German naval and avaiation power Britain got stronger (omstly on her own) during the first few years of the war. If you also even things out by not requireing the British to fight on two fronts (ie no Pacific war) it is far from clear that Germany has the strength to prevail. Certainly not enough to do so easily.
As for Russia, take away British and American aid - allow Germany to concentrate all her forces on Russia - take away the Bulkan and Greece sideshow that the Brits helped to stage against Italy - causing Hitler to put off his invasion of Russia by at least one entire month - and you have a Russia likely pushed back to the Urals.
Again by no means is this clear. German forces were stopped before Moscow mostly by Soviet efforts. Very little impact of US or British aid was felt by this point. The additional forces used in North Africa and the Balkans were not such as to have made a hugh impact especially given the role logistics played in this battle. Also I believe I have read that the weather was bad for that earlier month the so it might not have bought the Germans anything or might even have cost them.
Hitler could have won in Russia anyway, had he just sent winter supplies to his troops.
That's sort of like saying if he had just sent them a few more armies. They didn't have the logistics structure to do so just as they didn't have the additional troops or weapons.
Or, failing that, had he stopped his forces in November 1941and had them dig in and build a fortified line with a defense in depth. This could have withstood what Russia had to throw at the Germans in winter. The following Spring the Germans would have been strong enough to not only cross the Volga near Stalingrad (Avoiding that Verdun to starve it from the east bank of the Volga) but Germany could also have made the short jump to throw Stalin out of Moscow and roll the Russians back to the Urals.
Very much into what if areas now and not ones I'm an expert in but I doubt it would be as easy or clear cut as you present it.