Merry Christmas and Happy New Year—Homer—You do great work and it is much appreciated!
Reading some of these articles you sometimes get the impression Hitler WANTED to lose. The Allies should have never been involved plots against Hitler’s life. Hitler’s strategic blundering was the Allies’ best weapon in WWII. Hitler had the advantage of being advised by the finest military minds in history. They ALL told him, begged him to withdraw the Sixth Army from the Stalingrad pocket. But Hitler over-ruled all of them because some insane obsession with that ruined city. Only Goering egged him on convincing him that an airlift could provide sufficient relief to the surrounded army-—this despite the fact that the brutal Russian winter (the Soviet Union best weapon) had already set in making flying conditions all but impossible.
Hitler did the same thing in North Africa. When FM Rommel wanted to withdraw the Afrika Corp out of Tunisia, Hitler would have none of it. When the Afrika Corp finally surrendered, the Allies took even more German POWs than the Soviets did at Stalingrad.
My guess about Hitler: He was seeing the war going down hill for him. After all, the war was about him and not Germany; so, his plan would be to make the war go as long as possible; stop the yanks during the invasion of France and hope the Allies would want to negotiate a peace/truce that would leave him alive and still Fuhrer for life.