Goering was a very capable LW commander,til 1943 and even without him ,the LW would be defeated .EKB wrote: ↑23 Jun 2021 10:49
A conspiracy theorist like Hitler was committed to expanding the war to other fronts. For him, the enemy appeared to be everywhere. He dismissed all hazards of fighting another major economic power when he declared war on the United States, which in his mind, was part of Jewish-controlled cabal that included the Soviet Union.
The Nazis planned to fail by placing amateurs in key positions of government.
Hermann Göring was put in charge of the economic Four Year Plan, despite being a non-expert, violent drug addict. As Minister of Aviation, he ran the Luftwaffe into the ground, both literally and figuratively. Göring was a bloated, walking billboard for hypocrisy in the Nazi party.
Albert Speer, Minister for Armaments and War Production, was an architect with no military service or knowledge of the arms industry. Lutz von Krosigk, Minister of Finance and a Rhodes Scholar, had no business background in banking but he did study law, which he violated frequently.
Joachim von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s widely despised Minister of Foreign Affairs, had been a traveling wine salesman. Alfred Rosenberg, Minister of Occupied Eastern Territories, was another architect who gained currency as a leading culture commando. That appears to be his only credential for the job, although to his embarrassment, the purity of his German ancestry was questioned more than once.
Hitler’s bona fides to lead a nation at war was his experience as a lowly soldier in the World War I trenches. If the Nazis had used a merit-based system to make promotions and decisions, they would not be Nazis.
During the previous war Germany negotiated the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with the Bolsheviks, after major defeats were inflicted on Russia. That type of diplomatic compromise was unthinkable to Hitler in 1941. His plan for Eastern Europe was founded on waging a war of ideology. Practically all choices were driven by this overriding obsession with racial divides. Hitler did not seriously consider other alternatives.
Not if those people were high-ranking officials from Nazi Germany. This counterfactual is like many others on this board; with a fundamental misunderstanding of Nazism on display.
We are never told which of the Nazi leaders could somehow bloom into a sage that implemented policy based on sound advice. The Third Reich and its war economy was like a building with no framework. Like a pie with hard crust, but soft on the inside.
I don’t understand the purpose of these myopic, repetitive discussions that focus only on possible military decisions, as if that can be divorced from political culture and ideology. It might be more plausible to guess how Second Reich officials, not so hidebound by ideology, might deal with problems that were hopelessly botched by Hitler and his cabinet ministers.
The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was not a compromise, not negotiated with the communists, but was imposed on them : it was much harsher than Versailles .When the communists refused to accepts Brest-Litovsk ,the war started again and the Germans advanced very fast :Operation Faustschlag or Railway War.
Schwerin von Krosigk worked before 1933 at the ministry of Finance and became minister of Finance already in 1932, in the cabinet von Papen . And no one said that he was incapable .