149 – Fall Blau Begins, Stalin Caught off Guard Again – WW2 – July 3, 1942

It’s that time of the year again- the time when the Axis Powers drive deep into the Soviet Union. Fall Blau is the name of this year’s huge offensive, and it begins this week, making great gains from the very beginning, but the Axis Powers are also making big gains this week in North Africa, taking Mersa Matruh and pushing to within 100 km of Alexandria. Can nothing stop them?

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  1. I'd love to see statistics on how much of the intelligence the Soviets received was actually untrustworthy and/or convincingly contradicted itself. Stalin was infamously paranoid but some mistrust can be justified in espionage, especially in the age of wireless communication and information overload.

  2. The regular recitation of Allied shipping losses is rank sensationalism when not accompanied, as it never is in these videos, by mention of Allied shipbuilding. Absolute numbers of ships lost was never on its own a useful metric. Only the net effect of losses and construction gives a sensible picture of the Atlantic campaign.

  3. "I am 25 years old, at the front I managed to destroy 309 fascist invaders. Don't you, gentlemen, feel like you've been hiding behind my back for too long?"
    Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, during a visit to the United States, 1942

  4. Let us all remember this complete British defeat at the hands of an inferior force (2/3 of which was italian) further down the line when they'll call the US forces "our Italians" after Kesserine.

  5. Amazing content. You guys should totally see if you can get rights to use Hearts of Iron IV as map and unit concepts for when you are describing these major battles. That game has a dedicated community that would support this to the max! Just a little thought I had in mind.

  6. Do we know how many tons of shipping made it through in june 1942? The numbers of sunk tonage sound astonishing but it seems like enough is making it through for the allies to stay supplied. Percentage of sunk shipping out of total shipping would be interesting I think. 😮

  7. How those Soviet soldiers kept on fighting is incredible. Through these series I’ve gained so much respect for the GIs, Soldaten, Tommies, Soltilaat….. These people just kept going, even when faced with the harshest of conditions imaginable.

  8. Really enjoyed this one, always details that I haven't heard before, or knew about but not their concurrence with other important details. This was the week, that the planets and stars realigned, and the Axis stepped into a big pile of poop, all over the world. Course, Royal Navy is about to too…

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