Do you have any evidence? Defeat for Germany was only months away.
My guess is that he thought he could cripple the Soviet Union with one blitz. Hitler knew that Churchill was looking for allies, and thought that the conquest of the Soviet Union would at least be a morale blow, leaving the British facing a long hard struggle with little hope of victory.
He has a habit of omitting facts that conflict with his theory, quoting out of context and even changing quotes to better support his claims. The German soldiers of Army Group B had one last major task - to take the city of Stalingrad on the west bank of the Volga.
However, as war with Germany had been considered ultimately quite a likely scenario, much of the soviet industry had already been repositioned behind the Urals, meaning that it would be virtually untouched throughout the war.
Marine Corps troops descended on the Pacific island of Okinawa for a final push towards... Gorodetsky maintains that when we place this intelligence in its elaborate diplomatic context, Stalins decisions - long derided by western historians as colossal blunders - become much easier to understand. Whole families were crammed onto insanitary transport trains.
Often, these reports contained highly accurate raw intelligence about the nature of German deployments, together with soothing predictions about German intentions. With invasion of Britain no longer a possibility, Hitler turned his attention to the only other obvious venue for expansion: In the spring of 1942, he launched a two-pronged attack in what he believed would be his final offensive in the East. Hitler told one of his generals in June 1940 that the victories in western Europe "finally freed his hands for his important real task: Much is made of Chamberlains concessions to Hitler at Munich.
This is a pretty ridiculous assumption: That coupled to Soviet soldiers willingness to fight and die under impossible conditions, conditions that even the Germans shrank from, sealed Germany's fate in Russia.
Erich Koch, Reich Commissar of occupied Ukraine stated that the 'lowliest German worker is a thousand times more valuable' than the entire population of the Ukraine.
More than simply providing the Red Army with an unanticipated boost in numbers, female troops eventually earned a reputation as some of the fiercest fighters on the Eastern Front. The roots of the war lie in the appointment of Adolf Hitler as German chancellor in 1933. You can read more on this in Victor Suvorov's books i.
Germany constituted a sterling example of Western Civilization in many spheres of life, save politics.
Better to have Soviet economic resources first. According to Gorodetsky, Stalins intelligence about Hitlers intentions and military preparations was far from unambiguous, and tended, catastrophically, to reinforce his quite rational assumptions about Germanys aims and probable course of action. The economic resource calculation drove events and decisions as even the discussion that Hitler had with Mannerhiem demonstrates, although I'm not sure if that discussion was not forthrightly honest, but taylored to Finnish ears.
Some of this switchover actually happened, when the attack seemed wildly successful. Article Lebensraum.
Richey Jun 30 '14 at 23: