150 – Fall Blau – A Victim of Its Own Success? – WW2 – July 10, 1942

Adolf Hitler is not happy, and yet phase one of Fall Blau has accomplished all of its goals and done so ahead of the timetable. However, the Soviet Army in 1942 is not the same as that in 1941, and is not waiting around this time to be captured by the hundreds of thousands, and if things continue then the Axis might just be wasting a ton of gas to take a ton of empty space.

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  1. This is the 150th week of the war since Germany invaded Poland, and it has grown to encompass the world. How has it affected those not actively fighting it? Check out our On the Homefront subseries to learn more about that: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsIk0qF0R1j5Ug9lCaxygenFf3lzuGXap

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  2. Hitler's diversion of total efforts between Stalingrad and Baku cost us the war!!!!!!!! Concentration of will and manpower are the keys to victory on a strategic specific objective like Baku.

  3. I think its worth pointing out/looking into that Hitler and the rest of High Command likely knew that the longer the war went on the stronger the Soviets would get. When they first invaded the USSR they faced a totally unprepared foe. More troops were being trained and weapons built. Germany HAD to win quickly or their lack of natural resources would strangler itself. Pushing the commanders forward isn't ideal but it's arguable that it was the best option when no good options were available. Just my two cents.

  4. The first 3 German Ost front offensives caught the Russians offguard. Operation Barbarossa itself, Op Typhoon because the Russians never considered an attack in autumn rains and Fall Blau since the Russians expected an attack on Moscow.

  5. The Hungarian units shown on this map are the 3 light infantry divisions of III Corps.

    They arrived first, weeks before of the other 2 corps and the armored division. Each light infantry division consisted of only 2 infantry regiments coming from the Western part of the country (Komarom, Sopron, Nagykanizsa, Szombathely). Compared to a regular German infantry division, they were smaller and weaker (roughly around 10k men, fewer artillery batteries, a handful of smaller anti-tank guns, each regiment having a motorized MG company, mortar, ATG, sapper, and signal company, along with a bicycle/cavalry platoon).
    Each light division had an artillery regiment, a signal and a hussar company, one AA battery, along with a non-motorized supply train.
    III Corps itself had 1 bicycle infantry battalion as an independent unit.

    These units suffered heavy losses (roughly 10%) before reaching the river Don, only to fight more battles for the northern bridgehead (near Uriv) in the coming months. They suffered a lot in the Winter, then were mostly destroyed during the Soviet counteroffensive, while covering the retreat of German 2nd Army.

  6. It is interesting that a group of soldiers can work together so well that their ability to accomplish missions goes beyond their individual abilities. It is a strange synergy that I have had the good fortune to be a part of.

  7. I think the most telling thing is the infamous Order 227, where Stalin specifically calls to stop retreating, and introduces measures to punish officers that lose control of their units (no, barrier groups did not shoot people in the back, but they did detain them). That alone tells you that all constant eastward march we see since the start of Fall Blau and all the way to Stalingrad was not planned, and mostly caused by a collapse of Soviet command at the local level.

  8. As much as I like this series, I can't help but feel like the chinese front is being left chronically overlooked.
    I sort of understand that the fight in mainland China has now bogged down into sort of a stalemate and there's no big action and that's why it's overlooked by I'm not really certain.

  9. USSR to Allies: β€œYou’ve lost 2/3 of your cargo and a number of ships in the Arctic. This convoy strategy, it’s not so good.” πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ
    Allies to USSR: β€œSir, your men are running from the battlefield. Damn cowards!” 🀨
    UK: β€œWe’re not defeated at El Alamein… but are we winning?” πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ

  10. I'm on duty in 85th Regiment , wich at the time was framed in the 60th Sabraha Division of Italian Army, my predecessors fought with honor, in poor conditions, in the African desert!

  11. my impression is that the axis in the soviet union has no natural positional goals to secure any lasting positional advantage, because the situation is too fluid, so they have no achievable goals to base a long term strategy on.

  12. Indy keeps saying 'Donetsk', I keep hearing 'Donuts'! Sure, this is amusing, but if he would get the accent on the last syllable where it belongs and pronounce all the consonants, it would sound a lot more correct!

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