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To: Little Ray

“The Eastern Front Generals did most of the Reich’s heavy lifting”

While true, it doesn’t speak against Rommel. He couldn’t give the British and Americans more weapons and bodies or make Africa more strategically important by his generalship.

“despite Hitler’s interference”

Das Fuhrer’s incompetence has been exaggerated, partly by the old favorite ploy of generals blaming civilian leadership. But where Hitler made hus biggest mistakes, Stalingrad for instance, Rommel was affected too. You don’t think men and supplies got to Africa by magic. Hitler rightly prioritized the east over Africa, but bungling the east left Afrikacorp high and dry.


25 posted on 11/21/2012 4:19:44 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

I agree that the High Command liked to blame stuff on Hitler to cover their own mistakes (after all everybody hated him AND he was conveniently dead), but there was still a awful lot of legitimate blame for him.

Hitler might have won in the East if threw the Italians in Greece and Balkans to the wolves and went straight in; he might have STILL pulled it out if he had condemned the attack by the Japanese upon the American Fleet in Pearl Harbor instead of declaring war in support of the Japs.

And there is no telling how much damage Hitler did mucking around in war production (imagine the Germans fielding a T-34 clone instead of the overly-complicated Panther or ME-262s fighters deployed in 1943...). His like of giant weapons wasted a lot of material.

There were better Field Marshals, Manstein comes to mind, on the Eastern Front. Rommel just got good press in the West because we were fighting him!


33 posted on 11/21/2012 4:42:43 PM PST by Little Ray (I have VOTED AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Tublecane
“The Eastern Front Generals did most of the Reich’s heavy lifting”

In North Africa, Rommel did all the lifting.
56 posted on 11/21/2012 6:35:54 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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