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Germany and Winter

Post by AiBosq » 27 Jun 2021 01:50

Could Germany have ordered the needed sheepskin coats and produce the type of fuel needed for the winter? In our timeline Stalin was less convinced of an invasion due to the fact that the Germans hadn't ordered these things (Source: Stalin's War Sean McMeekin). Could they have? And how much of a change would it have made?

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Re: Germany and Winter

Post by 1999 » 04 Jul 2021 14:41

If you speak about 1941's winter, the problem was not the production of coats and fuel. The problem was logistic. All supplies were present in Warsaw ! The war and the winter had totally disorganized the network. For exemple, the gauge between the rails in Russia was not the same as in Europe.

So, it was all the supply organization which was in case. And if we want the German soldier to have everything for the winter, then the whole logistics of Barbarossa must be rethought.

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Re: Germany and Winter

Post by Art » 05 Jul 2021 21:58

AiBosq wrote:
27 Jun 2021 01:50
In our timeline Stalin was less convinced of an invasion due to the fact that the Germans hadn't ordered these things (Source: Stalin's War Sean McMeekin).
The source is actually "Viktor Suvorov" aka Vladimir Rezun, an author with a controversial reputation, to put it mildly. At any rate there is no verifiable basis supporting this story, as far as I know.

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