152 – Wehrmacht Conquers 250 Miles of Nothing – WW2 – July 24, 1942

The Soviets keep withdrawing from the advancing Axis forces, and Hitler keeps issuing contrary orders to try and stop that, with the results that logistics are getting screwed up and the mobile units are bogged down in huge traffic jams. The Allies have decided not to open a second front in Europe in 1942, but do choose another spot to begin the long counter offensive.

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Research by: Indy Neidell
Edited by: Lucas Aimó
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Source literature list:
The Second World War – John Keegan
The Death of the Wehrmacht – Robert Citino
A World at Arms – Gerhard Weinberg
The Road to Stalingrad – John Erickson

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Dark Beginning – Johan Hynynen
I Am Unbreakable – Niklas Johansson
Not Safe Yet – Gunnar Johnsen
Break Free – Fabien Tell
Warning Signal – Max Anson
The Proving Grounds – Dragon Tamer
Trapped in a Maze – Philip Ayers
Weapon of Choice – Fabien Tell

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  2. Quick notes — when German launched Barbarossa, they had over 3 million invasion troops. But almost half of those were "logistics" or secondary units. So by mid-1942 the 139 fully capable invasion divisions was down to 9, yes, 9 fully capable divisions.

  3. Yeah don't think a nation of 69,000,000 natural Germans and another 12 mil occupied, can fight a war of extermination against ussr of 100,000,000 Russians and another 70,000,000 Ukrainians and Serbians etc…. ,,🤣🤔🤪Good luck Germany….you'll need it

  4. Hi Indy, I love your work but wanted to suggest one correction. It was the Australian 39th Battalion, not the 29th Infantry that was sent over the Owen Stanleys to Kokoda. This and the 55th Battalion were Australian Military Forces (Militia) and the other fighting units in the district were Australia New Guinea Administrative Unit and Police. I do hope you use reliable Australian historical resources for your narrative on the New Guinea Campaigns and not the unreliable and politically biased reports from MacArthur's publicity unit.

  5. Me 252 already?? Wow, I had no idea that the development and testing lasted so long. All I remember is that they started appearing in like '45 or late '44; I had no idea that a functional jet-engined fighter was already a reality in '42. Man, those guys were waaaaay ahead of everyone!

  6. You all are reproducing some myths here, set in place by the generals, who were unwilling to take responsibillity for errors. In the post war west they put the blame on hitler an painted the picture of german soldiers drowning in hordes of red army troops.
    The german generals fail in blau. The OKW fails for example to replenish losses in army group south. Resources are directed to army group center instead. After the war it was more convicnient to put the blame almost solely on hitler and paulus, who was in soviet captivity and therefor unably to publish shiny memoires in the west after the war.

  7. As a person who knows about military tactics I can tell you that if the Italians have a better military then the Germans would have invaded the USSR earlier without wasting supplies and man power on Yugoslavia, Greece, and North Africa it will result into a German Victory

  8. 11:52 I wonder if Churchill can think of another example of a humiliating defeat they risk repeating by opening up a new European front through an ill-conceived amphibious assault for assault's sake.

  9. forgive my unpardonable ignorance, but was there an episode that covered the convoys in the Atlantic becoming so robust that they basically negated the effect of the Uboats? That last bit about Donitz taking the Uboats off the Atlantic coast caught me by surprise.

  10. A soviet polish army? You mean we can use this " polish army" and citizens to massacre them ! I mean blood bath ! Oh wait mmm thats not right let me look throw my papers….. ah yes we wish to build a soviet polish army to take back Poland from the Germans. Yes thats it and we differently will not use them as workers or slaves or just out right shoot them our selfs.

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