I’m no linguist but I doubt that ‘Vorsichtsmassnahmen handelt’ could be translated as anything other than precautionary measures. And precautionary and preventative do have different meanings.AbollonPolweder wrote: ↑11 Jul 2019 16:39I need to say that the translation of the 4th chapter of Barbarossa you use is not accurate.
To translate the word "abstimmen", the verb "adjust" fits well, and the word "vorsichtig" or "Vorsicht" in the word "Vorsichtsmassnahmen" has the English equivalent - "careful". That is, for example, the German expression "Sei vorsichtig!" in English will be "Be careful!". "Be precautionary!" means rather "Be preventiv!" Correct me if I'm wrong.
The phrase ‘müssen eindeutig dahin abgestimmt sein’ is perhaps more ambiguous but in the context, ‘must clearly indicate’ seems to be an accurate translation.
Leaked orders relating to defensive measures would be radically different to leaked orders relating to preparations for a surprise invasion.AbollonPolweder wrote: ↑11 Jul 2019 16:39Aren't you too exaggerating Hitler's fears about the reaction of the USSR / Stalin to possible leaks? Hitler could easily explain the planning of Barbarossa by the presence of a large number of Soviet divisions on the border with the Reich. There, in late 1940 and early 1941, the superiority of the USSR was overwhelming. For what purpose did the 'friendly' USSR concentrate such a mass of troops? Hitler just had to somehow react to it. Hadn't he?
A preemptive Soviet attack would, at the very least, have disrupted German preparations, with who knows what consequences. It would have had advantages for Germany politically, but I doubt that it is something OKW would have welcomed.AbollonPolweder wrote: ↑11 Jul 2019 16:39You can argue that Hitler in the same 4th paragraph warns of possible serious political and military consequences. But these consequences are in no way connected with the possible active military actions of the USSR. And this is easy to prove, because the Germans planned to destroy the main forces of the Red Army in the western part of the USSR. They were afraid that the Russians would flee to the east. If the USSR attacked Germany, by this he would render the Germans courtesy, as the author of "Operationstugie Ost", Major General Marcks, said.