"The best Axis strategy was the one they followed in the OTL." Really????ljadw wrote: ↑22 Nov 2019 15:43No : it failed, but this does not mean that it was the wrong strategy .HistoryGeek2019 wrote: ↑22 Nov 2019 15:30If the SU was not a threat to Germany (which I agree with), then attacking the SU was the wrong German strategy.ljadw wrote: ↑22 Nov 2019 15:24The best Axis strategy was the one they followed in the OTL. The fact that they failed proves that any other strategy also would fail .
Strategy = pieces op paper depending for success on the question if the enemy is stronger/weaker .The enemy was stronger, the Axis lost .
About the SU : it was never a threat for Germany,it would never be one .Because the SU would never attack Germany on its own, and if it did, it would have no allies .
In August 1940 (GOP convention ) the Germans knew that war with the US was inevitable,and the outcome of such a war was a well-known fact . The only possibility to prevent such a war was to eliminate Britain . Very quickly .
As the Germans could do nothing against the US ( and doing something was not wise ) ,and as they could do nothing against Britain that would force Britain to give up, the only possibility was to eliminate the USSR,hoping that this would strengthen the Japanese position vis-á-vis the US and that Britain would than give up .
The chances for Barbarossa to succeed were less than 1%, but it was all that remained, unless waiting til Spaatz and Harris would destroy the German cities .
1) The Fascists wanted to avoid war with the US. They decided the best way to do that was to eliminate Britain.
2) To eliminate Britain, they decided the best way was to attack the Soviet Union.
The burning question is: why were the Fascists concerned about war with the US in the first place?