Weather Question about the delay of Barbarossa to June 22

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Weather Question about the delay of Barbarossa to June 22

Post by steinadler1945 » 23 Sep 2021 21:49

One of the statements I've heard and is this: Had the Germans invaded in April or May of 1941, they would've had to have dealt with the flooding of the pripet marshes, along with the spring thaw. Has this been investigated in-depth? Would an earlier invasion date have possibly given the Germans further problems?

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Re: Weather Question about the delay of Barbarossa to June 22

Post by Art » 23 Sep 2021 22:08

A previous mammoth-sized topic with essentially similar question:
viewtopic.php?f=55&t=218429

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Re: Weather Question about the delay of Barbarossa to June 22

Post by TheMarcksPlan » 02 Oct 2021 20:14

So long as this thread is already up, I'd advise getting to this post, which discusses a work not raised in the thread until 400 posts in.

Based on Zapantis' research in the actual contemporary weather records, there was no abnormal flooding in May 1941. Zapantis also shows that the "couldn't have invaded earlier" narrative is another post-hoc rationale by the typically-dishonest German generals. No contemporary German writings mention flooding in Spring '41; several discuss reconnaissance of the border with no flooding mentioned.

This is probably Halder heading off questions about his incompetent nonchalance regarding Barbarossa.
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