HistoryGeek2019 wrote: ↑
26 Nov 2019 04:23
To help get a glimpse of just how disastrous Germany's supply situation in Russia was, David Stahel states in Retreat from Moscow
that the OstHeer required 300 trains a day in order to meet its supply needs in December 1941. But the actual number of trains arriving was 45.
This does not help at all in the understanding of history. The Ostheer did not require 300 trains per day, 45 was not the actual number in December 1941. Of the two pieces of data - the only two - presented, both are inaccurate. Full house!
This misrepresentation is based upon two common problems: published storytellers misrepresenting history (deliberately perhaps) in their tomes; and readers/posters not bothering to fact check. This misrepresentation is further complicated by poster HistoryGeek2019 misrepresenting what Stahel wrote.
It is very, VERY easy for anybody to confirm the inaccuracy if they have the inclination to do so. In the age of internet, fact checking is real easy.
Stahel's words are produced above by HistoryGeek2019. Compare those words to his source: Halder's diaries (easily found on the internet, probably on everybody's hd already). Note how "Reich Marshall...extravagant accusations and demands
" evolves into "the supply of the eastern front required
" (Stahel) and then into "the Ostheer required
[MarkNote: also look at how Stahel misrepresents the 122 trains too]
As regards the number 45, HistoryGeek2019 manages to transpose Stahel's January figure into December!