Real Reason Hitler Lost World War 2

Adolf Hitler was an idiot. And that’s a good 
thing because it led him to make some really   bad strategic decisions during World War 
II. If Hitler had been a little smarter,   we might very well be living in a messed up 
Nazi-controlled world full of Hitler Youth today.   Luckily, that’s not how history played out. 
As we progress through some of Hitler’s worst   decisions during World War II, you may 
be surprised to find that it was his ego,   the name of an enemy, and his belief in 
the occult that partially cost him the war. Let’s start at the beginning. When 
you’re a genocidal maniac like Hitler,   your choice of allies can end up being pretty 
slim. One of the main reasons that Hitler’s Nazi   Germany allied itself with Italy was because 
no one else was crazy enough to join him but   Benito Mussolini. Most historians argue that 
Italy wasn’t Hitler's first choice for an ally,   or even his second or third choice. But when your 
entire platform is predicated on mass genocide and   ruling the world in your own deranged way, not 
many people can be convinced to get on board.

It was Mussolini's authoritarian rule and his 
dislike for the Jewish people that made him the   perfect ally for Hitler. However, allying 
himself with Benito was the first mistake   Hitler would make that would eventually lead 
to him losing World War II. During wartime,   you want strong and independent Allies who 
will have your back when things get tough   and can bring something meaningful to the table. 
Mussolini’s Italy was none of those things.   Time and time again, Germany would have to 
bail out Italian forces as they continually   became pinned down or surrounded by the 
Allies. This would cost Hitler greatly,   as Germany would lose valuable resources and 
men whenever Italy failed in its missions. Choosing the wrong ally was definitely one 
decision that cost Hitler in the long run.   But it would not be the only 
one. The way he handled the   North African Campaign starting in 1940 
ended up being a disaster to his cause.

World War II started in Europe on September 
1, 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland.   Axis forces swept across the continent, securing 
strategic positions and decimating anyone who   stood in their way. However, the same cannot 
be said about their campaign in North Africa,   as it was brought to a grinding 
halt by an unexpected force. The main objective of the North African 
Campaign was to secure the Suez Canal,   which would allow Nazi forces to have better 
access to oil coming from the Middle East.

The   Nazis had some of the best tanks, aircraft, and 
naval vessels in the world, which gave them the   upper hand in many battles. However, without 
oil to fuel these vehicles, they were useless. Originally Hitler left Italy in charge of 
securing North Africa while he focused on   decimating Western Europe. This was his first 
mistake. Italy had trouble defeating Allied   forces in the region from the beginning, and 
Hitler had to send men and tanks down to bail   them out. The distance between Germany 
and North Africa meant this would take   time, but it had to be done if the Axis 
powers were going to control the region. Eventually, Hitler decided to send General Erwin 
Rommel to the region to command the German tank   forces in North Africa. His mission was to sweep 
across the continent from Morroco to the Middle   East. Once there, he would be in charge of 
maintaining control of the vast oil reserves   in the region. This was a wise strategic move for 
Hitler, but the execution was performed poorly.   After some initial success, things started to 
fall apart in North Africa. The main problem was   that Rommel just didn’t have the resources 
or tanks necessary to get the job done.

Rommel made it as far as Tobruk in Libya before 
he ran into some issues. He was able to capture   the seaport of Tobruk, but once the Nazis 
forces began their advance further east,   they were stopped by British general 
Bernard Montgomery at El Alamein. For   twelve days Nazi and Italian forces tried 
to break the British line without success. Hitler was furious with the lack of progress in 
North Africa. After a second defeat at El Alamein,   Rommel returned to Europe.

He complained that he 
should have been left with the tank battalions   in North Africa, where he was sure he could 
eventually defeat the Allied forces. However,   whether it was Hitler’s direct orders or 
his influence over the Nazi’s military,   Rommel was forced to stay in Germany while 
his forces in North Africa were defeated. The Allies had secretly landed more troops in 
Morroco and Algeria. They charged across the   region and eventually trapped the retreating 
Axis forces. Altogether around 250,000 German   and Italian troops were captured. This would be 
a definitive turning point in the war to control   North Africa and led to a huge disruption in 
the oil supply that fueled the Nazi war machine. As a side note, Rommel was later accused 
and convicted for playing a role in the 20   July Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. This 
led to the general being given two options:   execution by the State or death by suicide. On 
October 14, 1944, Rommel bit down on a cyanide   capsule and ended his life and career as a Nazi 
General. There is no clear evidence that Rommel   actually played a role in the assassination 
attempt on Hitler’s life.

This may mean that   rather than having a traitor killed, Hitler 
made the mistake of eliminating one of his   best generals, as Rommel is traditionally 
seen as a brilliant commander in the field. And Hitler’s mistakes would keep on coming. The 
United States played a major role in securing   victory for Allied forces in Europe. However, one 
of the main reasons that the U.S.A. sent troops   to Europe was because Hitler made the mistake 
of declaring war on the United States first. The U.S. was sending supplies and 
resources to the Allies in Europe from   very early on in the war. However, they 
had adopted somewhat of an isolationist   policy and had no plans of directly 
intervening in Europe until December 11,   1941. That is when Hitler made another 
decision that would cost him the war. Early on in 1941, the United States had not 
sent or had plans to send, troops to Europe.   Then Pearl Harbor happened. Hitler had no idea 
that the Japanese were going to bomb Pearl Harbor,   but he had hoped from the beginning that Japan 
would pull the U.S.

Into a war in the Pacific.   This would cause them to focus their 
attention on the other side of the world,   likely reducing the amount of 
supplies they were sending to Britain. Instead of letting these events play out,   Hitler did something really dumb. He started 
attacking American supply ships in the Atlantic   and immediately declared war on the U.S. 
Hitler was delusional and thought even if   he destroyed American convoys and declared war 
on the country, the U.S. would still be too   preoccupied with Japan to retaliate. However, 
nothing could be further from the truth. The United States’ economy was incredibly 
strong and had already begun ramping up   wartime production. They had the men, resources, 
and now the motive to fight a war on two fronts.   At the time, President Franklin Delano 
Rosevelt was still on the fence about   whether troops should be sent to Europe or if 
the United States should solely focus on Japan.   But Hitler’s decision to declare war on the 

Prematurely made the decision easy for him.   America would go to war with Nazi Germany and kick 
their ass. And Hitler only had himself to blame. Just to put it into perspective on how big 
of a mistake this was, every year of the war,   the United States constructed twice as many 
planes and war vehicles as Nazi Germany did.   The United States also had immense resources 
and a huge labor pool to pull from. With   everyone now united under the declaration of 
war against the United States by Adolf Hitler,   the whole country put everything they had 
into the war effort to defeat Nazi Germany. In the summer of 1941, Hitler would 
make a decision that would cost him   enormous amounts of men, resources, 
and pretty much the war itself. On June 22, the Nazis launched Operation 
Barbarossa. At the beginning of the war,   Hitler was smart enough to have Soviet Russia 
sign a nonaggression pact, which ensured that   they wouldn’t attack Germany from the east.

allowed him to focus his attention on western   Europe and defeating Great Britain. However, 
Hitler was not smart enough not to break his   own pact. He launched an invasion into Russia, 
which meant Germany now had to fight countries   to its east and its west, defeating the 
purpose of preventing a two-front war. This decision was a huge mistake and one of 
the critical factors that cost him the war.   At first, Nazi Germany seemed to have 
the upper hand.

Stalin was delusional and   thought there was no way Hitler would 
break his promise and invade Russia,   but this was Adolf Hitler we are talking 
about, and he obviously could not be trusted. The Germans amassed forces along 
the Russian border. In fact,   they weren’t even very discrete about it. Hitler 
had always planned to invade the Soviet Union;   he just wanted to wait until all of Europe was 
under his control first. However, with resources   running low and the need for a new source of 
labor, Hitler launched his invasion early. He fully committed to this decision even though 
many of his military advisors warned him that   conquering the Soviet Union and fighting a 
two-front war would be incredibly difficult,   if not impossible. He ignored them and 
launched the offensive into Russia anyways. At the beginning of the invasion, the 
Nazis were winning almost every battle.   Hitler patted himself on the back for a job 
well done and scoffed at anyone who was still   warry of sending troops deep into Russian 
territory. History had shown that trying   to take over Russia never worked 
out well for the invading force.

Nazi morale was high as they marched further 
and further into the Soviet Union. The dirt   roads were passable in the summer months, and 
the Nazi uniforms provided enough warmth to stay   relatively comfortable even at night. Hitler 
was so convinced that the war in Russia would   be over quickly that he held off on sending 
more supplies and winter gear to the troops   who were advancing further into the Soviet 
Union. But as the winter months approached,   the weather began to change. The tide 
of the war in Russia was about to shift. Operation Barbarossa was a massive offensive with 
three different attack forces spread out across   approximately 1,800 miles of land. As all 
three parts of the German army started to   reach their objectives, they were slowed 
down by terrible weather, lack of food,   and depletion of resources. The Russian 
people destroyed their own villages, farms,   and factories as they retreated further into the 
Soviet Union to get away from the Nazi invasion. Hitler’s original plan had been to resupply 
his troops using Russian resources as they   made their way across the country.

It was too long 
a distance to constantly be resupplying his forces   from Germany. Plus the whole point of invading 
the Soviet Union was to secure more resources.   However, the Russian people left very little of 
use behind due to their Scorched Earth Policy. When the northern offensive reached Leningrad, 
they thought it would fall as quickly as the   rest of Russia, but this was not the case. The 
Germans couldn’t manage to secure Leningrad   from the Russians, and resources were 
running dangerously low.

On top of that,   the Nazi forces in the south also ran into 
trouble. They were stopped dead in their   tracks by entrenched Russian soldiers and 
couldn't advance any further. Hitler was   furious. He ordered the middle offensive to 
send troops to the north and south, which   weakened the middle force while not improving 
the situation in the other regions by much. The slowing down of the German advance 
allowed the Soviets to regroup.   Over a million troops and a thousand tanks were 
sent to Moscow to protect the capital. The Nazis   were now stopped on all fronts. They couldn’t 
manage to take Leningrad in the north and due   to the Soviet reinforcements in the middle of 
the country and the changing of the weather,   capturing Moscow was a lost cause as well. It was becoming more and more clear that 
Hitler’s decision to invade Russia was a   huge mistake. The Germans had not brought enough 
winter supplies due to Hitlers overconfidence.   He also gravely underestimated the 
resilience of the Russian people,   and how many of them would join in the cause 
to stop Germany from taking their land.   Stalin had a huge population to fuel his 
war machine, and the resources contained   within the Soviet Union’s borders 
allowed them to quickly resupply   while the Germans struggled to get simple things 
such as food and warm clothes to their troops.

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