151 – Stalingrad Now a Primary Objective?! – Hitler's Chaotic Directives – WW2 – July 17, 1942



The second phase of Fall Blau begins with second guessing by the Axis Powers and constant changes in directive. The Soviet Union’s response to the successes of the first phase of Fall Blau is equally chaotic. Over in North Africa there is the question of it maybe ending in stalemate.

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23 comments

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  2. Great production value. Loved the Cuban Missile Crisis series and decided to circle back through WWII. I'm hooked. Kudos!

  3. In July 1942 is when the top Canadian Ace of the war George "Buzz" Beurling did most of his damage over Malta. He shot down 16 Axis planes in July, including 1 4 kill day and 2 other days where he had 3 kills each.

    In October 1942 (still over Malta) from the 10th to the 14th, he would account for 8 more kills, with 2 on the 10th and 3 each on the 13th and 14th

  4. another thing i ma locked out of b/c i dont have a cell phone day to day on Instagram even if I had one it would be of no help as for where I live there is no cell phone service I Live in the the NY-PA dead zone why is it a dead zone b/c of its terrain it is made up of hills along the south and east side of the Allegheny Plateau b/c it is so hilly the cell phone corps dont bother to put in enough towers to cover all the blind spots made by these hills If u dont live on top of one of these hills (I live in little creek valley not 1/4 mile side with hills to north and south over 200 ft taller) u dont get service. Now in cities when building get in way they just put in another tower but out here pop so low they could re less if we have service or not
    so does anyone know how to get around the cell phone shit

  5. JUST ONCE, FOR ME, BEFORE YOU HANG UP, SAY "YES, i LOVE YOU TOO, GRANDMA" or Grandpa. Idk it'd be hilarious. Probably only for me.
    On second hand, don't do that just to appease me. I might be the only one thinking that'd be a funny take. Or wholesome. Maybe these stories are to keep that same elderly relative company over the telephone by filling the silence with interesting (and true) tales. Idk 🙂

  6. 15th of july 1942, my great grandpa, serving in the wehrmacht with motorized flak, got the award of winterschlacht im osten 41/42, known as ostmedaille. accodring to wiki, about 2-2.5 million soldiers would be worthy to obtain one

  7. Hitler had ADHD!……….He can't sequence actions rationally to achieve goals….also Hates and blames others for his own failures at life !
    Its a mental Disorder epitomized by INCOMPETENCE at everything !…..Donald J Trump also has ADHD !

    You discount all future consequences to all current actions taken……all that matters is the next 2 hours, thats how you think

  8. I heard an urban legend that if you say "Stalingrad" three times while looking into a mirror Paulus can be heard to scream in anguish from beyond the grave.

  9. Indie, you messed up. The loss of B'dient unit 621 was STRATEGIC — as important as anything could be. It revealed to the British just how deeply the Krauts were reading their signals — both in Africa and in the Atlantic. Yup. This was the first time that Winnie & Coy realized that Rommel was a fox solely because of Captain Seebaum and his B'dienst detachment. It was Seebaum that captured Tobruk. How? Deception. They, rather easily, corn fused the South Africans; that they needed to leave their positions to repel DAK against some Aussies. This generated a hole right at Tobruk that Rommel motored through. The Great Auk doped this out PDQ and was determined to 'get' the B'dienst team if it was the last thing he did. 
    The Aussie's attacks against the Axis at el Alamein were NOT random, but were made to appear so — by the Great Auk. The First Battle of Tel el Issa was an intelligence operation — right from the first. Team 621 gave away their positions by RADIOING to distant Rommel up dates. So the Great Auk sent in his A-team — his Aussies — to snag it. It was nominally protected by an Italian infantry division. This was an illusion. The Italian infantry had been marched into the dirt and was reduced to zombies without heavy weapons properly sited. (Check out the weather in the Western Desert in the Summer months.)
    Rommel, as was his habit, had stolen all of the Italian trucks — pretty much. So it was by foot that the Italians made the long trek.
    Even the Great Auk was shocked, shocked, to find decryption going on at a B'dienst detachment. And so MUCH, too. That detachment was also decrypting RN naval signals. (!!!!) Shocking, I know.
    As a direct result of this intelligence battle (walk-over// walk-in) the RN changed its entire signals scheme for the North Atlantic — and mum was the word. The British also entirely changed their radio discipline in 8th Army. Ultimately, the revelations cost the Great Auk his position — as he had assured Winnie going back forever that the Nazis were not reading his signals. Oh, my!
    Monty came in and totally shook up 8th Army — canning the Big Talkers. The el Alamein position permitted the 8th Army the luxury of LANDLINE coms. Suddenly, the 621 detachment had nothing much to read but spoof traffic. Said spoofs were a HUGE part of Monty's ultimate victory. Monty had Rommel dancing all over — especially pulling him down South — with most of DAK with him.
    The news of German B'dienst techniques was routed straight on over to Stalin. It was from THIS British success that the Reds structured Uranus. There, the Reds also went silent on the air — nothing but spoofs. Landlines (American Lend Lease gifts from Western Electric taken back from the US Army on oral and secret orders.) rolled with the Reds as they could now talk up a storm while quiet. It was THIS that bagged 6th Army. The Reds rolled for DAYS in a white-out with the Luftwaffe grounded, while Paulus didn't suspect a THING. Those three-days cost the Nazis everything. They didn't see the Reds coming; they didn't hear the Reds coming.

  10. Question: Wasn’t Fall Blau also about reaching Astrakhan too? That way they could split Southern Russia off from the mainland, until this week of course

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