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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

Did Hitler need to work on logistics a lot more before Barbarossa ?


Like the break of gauge problem.

Update 2:

Mussolini made trains run on time, so maybe Hitler should have sent his rail experts to study the Italian method. 

Update 3:

I gave that the best answer, because yeah-Russian oil was a mirage for Hitler given that the Russians would have gone scorched earth on their own oil fields if it came down to it. Therefore, the timeline for Germany actually getting oil from the Caucasus would have been oh....1948-50.

15 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 month ago
    Favourite answer

    Germany didn't have enough oil to fuel it's war machine. Even if Hitler captured the oil in the Caucuses, it's unlikely he could have transported it to the war machine.

  • hart
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    stop to dream you have no clue

  • Aspen
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    It starts with a real concerted effort on getting ANY sort of realistic assessment of your enemy's strengths and on incorporating worst case figures and scenarios in your calculations and planning rather than relying on "i'm sure it will all work out for the best so don't worry about it", and "They will just flee from us and the whole system will collapse so no need to plan ahead."

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Hitler would not have known logistics if it bit him in the ***.  He fought and lost 17 major battles in Russia and the logistics of feeding, arming and clothing his army was a screwed up mess.  Your best answer and comment makes zero sense.  He murdered 4 million of his own soldiers in Russia and never got within 350 miles of Baku where he could have all the il he wanted.  Stupid **** X100

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In Germany trains were usually punctual, too. And in Italy they were also not always punctual. That was not the problem.

    The problem was that Hitler underestimated the Soviet union and Soviet citizens and their resolve/will to resist. Beside that Hitler made many mistakes,

    Mussolini conquered far less and also needed Hitler's help thrice to deal with problems (against Greece, the British in British Africa and helping himself escape).

    Hitler was incompetent, but Mussolini was very incompetent. But both were arrogant and ignorant loudmouths.

  • JOHN B
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    You ignorantly touch on the major problem. Transportation. Besides insufficient trucks and logistics vehicles and the speed of advance, the rail system in Russia was a different gauge than the German trains.

  • 2 months ago

    Hitler didn't even have time to plan further. There wasn't enough Romanian oil to go around for Germany and all the occupied territories. 

  • 2 months ago

    There were a lot of reasons why Germany lost the war in the Soviet Union.

    Yes, logistics was one of those, but Germany was also not on a war production footing until 1942, and they made a lot of wasteful production choices, where the US, for instance, concentrated on a small number of weapons and made tons of them, while Germany made all sorts of incompatible systems, and thus could not make many of any of them.

    And, had Hitler not diverted his armies to the south in August of 1941, he could have captured Moscow easily and well before the fall rains buggered up the bad Soviet roads.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    IBM made the German Railway Run on Time

    there No Fully Mechanized Divisions in the German Army they used some 2.7 Million Horses because of the short supply of Fuel

    Most of the Generals Most of the Time did his Bidding because there was always room in Dachau for One More

    even one of his Top Generals Rommel lost patience with the Bohemian Lance Cpl and approved of the Plot to exterminate Him

    Hitler Lost the Battle of Britain was still Losing Aircraft and Pilots in January 1941 he then took 750,000 Horses 60% of German Fuel reserves and 80% of his tanks to the USSR and the First city Lost 1,000,000 men all their Equipment and 10,000 Horses

    and on 27 Dec 1943 His tanks ran out of Fuel at the Battle of the Bulge Arrogance was the cause Siege of Bastogne cost him the Victory of taking Antwerp which was only 60 Klm away

    he then advanced on Moscow using up another 40% of his fuel and then abandoned Moscow lost men equipment and Fuel all for Nothing Operation Barbarossa should have been from day one Take the Russian Oil Fields Not some 3 years later

    If he had Listened to His General all Loyal Germans he should have Finished Plan z for the German Military and Not started WW2 until 1945 Taken North Africa and the Oil fields

    But Hitler Knew Nothing about Logistics and Rommel said any advance was only as good as My Fuel supply which the British kept destroying

    Plan Z

    Plan Z: These ships were to be completed by 19454 aircraft carriers 10 battleships 12 battlecruisers 3 armoured ships (Panzerschiffe) 5 heavy cruisers 44 light cruisers 158 destroyers and torpedo boats 249 submarines starting in 1939 result almost 1/2 an aircraft carrier

    Image result for How many Tanks did Germany take to the USSR For the campaign against the Soviet Union, the Germans allotted almost 150 divisions containing a total of about three million men. Among those units were 19 panzer divisions, and in total the Barbarossa force had about 3,000 tanks, 7,000 artillery pieces, and 2,500 aircraft.

    And never achieved any of its Objectives Not enough Fuel horses were Useless in the snow and Mud and short of Fuel

  • 2 months ago

    he mightve needed to do that

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