You failed to read the post in question, and categorically so:T. A. Gardner wrote: ↑05 May 2020 04:06This is utter nonsense. The reason the Germans couldn't make an invasion of England work is they lacked a navy to secure the seas to the landing area. The quality and quantity of landing craft is a far second to sea control. The Allies have the ability to land a large force, at least 10 to 12 divisions on the European coast wherever they choose by 1944. They can pick the location based on known German forces disposition and have the intelligence and reconnaissance assets to know what those are while the Germans would know next to nothing about what the Allied planning was.
In the Torch landings, the US forces sailed from the US to North Africa. This means the Germans had no clue, nada, zip point..., about what the US plan in that operation was.
Getting ashore and staying ashore is not only possible for the Allies but all but a certainty by mid to late 1944. The only question is how hard will the breakout and following land campaign be.
As for the relevant bits otherwise, in 1944 it took the largest armada in history to just land seven divisions. Free of the Eastern Front, Germany has at least 50 "spares". Even if we took the inflated total of 10-12, that still means that anywhere they land they're outnumbered at least 2:1 and have massive German mobilize divisions to counter-attack the beaches once the Allied landing is known.History Learner wrote: ↑05 May 2020 03:57The decision to invade to the USSR was driven by the desire to acquire the resources of the European USSR, in particular Ukrainian ore and wheat as well as Caucasus Oil. The rationale behind this was that, beyond the Nazi goal of living space, the strategic resources and depth of Russia was needed to face down the expected-and it came to pass, as it were-air offensive by the Anglo-Americans. As you rightfully note, the Germans did fail to invade the UK because all the free manpower in the world doesn't magically conjur up the landing craft needed to carry out a naval invasion. By the same token, however, the Anglo-Americans now find themselves in the same boat; to defeat the Germans they have to invade Europe. Now is where that free million men can and will make the difference.
As for TORCH, actually they did and they did make an effort to intercept it with U-Boat packs. German intelligence planners were also pretty on point in general for D-Day, coming to the same conclusion as the Anglo-Americans that the landing would have to be somewhere in France; that leaves just Palais de Calais or Normandy.