Hitler's Biggest Blunders
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In his attempt to achieve global domination, Adolf Hitler made many crucial decisions which ultimately affected both the outcome of World War II and the fate of his own regime. This paper examines three major decisions made by Hitler that eventually changed the direction of the war. It looks at how the first of these was his failure to give his full support to a Mediterranean campaign and how many of his advisors felt that the capture of Egypt and the Suez Canal would have weakened Britain considerably and might even have lead to eventual capitulation. It then examines his postponement and eventual cancellation, of Operation Sea Lion. Finally, it discusses his decision to invade Greece and Yugoslavia and the effect it had upon Operation Barbarossa.
From the Paper:"On October 3, in an address to the German people, Hitler announced the collapse of the Soviet Union. He declared that Russia was finished, and that Britain's dreams of a two front war were dead. His optimism seemed justified, especially after the fall of Kiev on September 19, followed by the victory in the Battle of Kiev on September 26, which resulted in the capture of some 665,000 Soviet prisoners, according to German reports. (7 1124) Hitler viewed this battle as "the greatest victory in the history of the world," though some of his generals did not share his views on its strategic importance. Heinz Guderian, among others, felt compelled to speak to Hitler about the capture of Moscow."
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