That’s the question addressed by the Annual 2010 issue of Against the Odds magazine, that I have just received with the back issues collection I ordered a few days ago, sweet!
The approach proposed by Nigel Davies is to review the 9 most frequent myths about Operation Barbarossa, this incredibly ambitious operation launched by Hitler to crush the Soviet Empire in a 6-month blitzkrieg, in a manner very similar to what he did in the set. obviously that never although almost succeeded. Here are the myths examined under the lens:
- Hitler was mad to attempt it
- Stalin was mad to ignore evidence that it was coming
- The attack only failed because of Hitler’s inference in the operations
- The attack was not compromised by the British intervention in the Balkans
- The Soviets successfully traded space for time and were never in danger of total collapse
- The Soviets were only saved by “General Winter”
- The Wehrmacht had made no preparations for a winter campaign
- The Wehrmacht had vastly underestimated the opposition and never stood a chance
- Once they had survived the initial attack, the Soviet response would be overwhelming and inevitable.