Why was the German Army so Effective in World War 2?



Why was the German Army so Effective and strong in World War 2?

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After the end of the Great War… and after an unsatisfactory peace, huge inflation, and an unprecedented economic crisis, Germany was on its knees…
Even being a country with huge economic potential, due to the factories and companies that still existed there, Germany was, however, only a shadow of the former monarchy.
But … from 1933 to 1941 Germany achieved what it had not realized in the previous war. It had a new army that was considered unstoppable, acting with precision, speed, and communication, taking by surprise the great European powers!
Thus, at the end of 1941, almost all of Europe was controlled by Germany and its allies.
German soldiers could see the buildings of Moscow from a distance … Almost all predictions led to a total German victory.
But How did this all happen? Was it just the efficiency of the German Army? Or was it a multitude of reasons, including sound planning or even luck?

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22 comments

  1. 12:50 It was not Hitlers goal to dominate the whole continent. He mainly wanted terretorry in the east, but then pretty much everyone else joined the war against the Germans.

  2. Nazis aren't right wing my guy. They literally did everything the left wing crazies want to happen. Thats literally left wing

  3. Because they were the best army in history. Imagine fighting with one hand tied behind your back, lack of oil, constant bombing against your production, a two front war, and still inflicting

    2:1 casualty ratios.

    Little known fact, the Soviet manpower reserves were severely depleted by the end of WW2, there's a real chance that without the opening on the western front, that the Wehrmacht depletes Soviet manpower reserves before they themselves run out. Even with less tanks, less planes, almost no fuel, the Wehrmacht was still pound for pound better than any Allied military. It's just hard to fight at your peak effectiveness when you have minimal air cover and oil. When they had both, they dominated every opponent.

  4. 4:18 that is not true at all. Hitler had no interest in fighting the french or conquering france. His aims were to the east

  5. BUDAPEST JAN. 1945 OPERATION SUDWIND (SOUTH WIND) PRELUDE TO OPERATION FRUELINGS WACKEN (SPRING AWAKENING).
    1ST SS & 12 SS DIVISIONS THROWN AGAINS THE RUSSIANS TO RELIEVE THE CITY. IN 9 DAYS OF CONTINUOUS COMBAT, THEY WIPED OUT 7 SOVIET RIFLE DIVISIONS AND 1 MOTORIZED BRIGADE. THE BATTLE WAS ULTIMATELY CALLED OFF; THE REASON? THEY RAN OUT OF AMMUNITION! SUGGESTED READING – MICHAEL REYNOLDS "MEN OF STEEL"
    YOU EVER WONDER IF THEY WERE ADEQUATELY SUPPLIED, WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED?

  6. In 1919 Germany lost WW1, got raped by the Treaty of Versailles, repaired it’s country, rallied its govt, infrastructure, and industries, and in literally 10 years by the 1930’s, Nazi Germany became the most powerful global super power on Earth. They fought and almost won 2 world wars within 20 years from each other.
    It’s unreal.

  7. Your concept of the right / left scale is wrong. The scale goes from Totalitarianism to Anarchy (1 person or body is the authority of everything to no authority). Germany slid into Totalitarianism, not Anarchy; therefore, they became the furthest left you could become. Socialism / Communism is on a different scale with a "Free Market". Socialism would be the furthest "left" you could go and the "Free Market" would be the furthest "right".

  8. "Blitzkrieg" wasn't a tactic, per se, that the Germans studied in their military schools and hierarchy, rather the word was coined by a journalist who used it to describe the lightning advance of the Wehrmacht. However, what the Germans did study; junior commanders (infantry and panzer) trained to use aggressiveness and initiative to seize objectives and the new concept of the point of main effort (schwerpunkt) comprised of fast moving tanks in order to breakthrough to the enemy's rear, certainly did make the term "Blitzkrieg" apt enough.

  9. effective? they took france by surprise, everywhere else they lost basically… they used the new tech first, but after 2 years when others caught up, that was that… so stupid strategy by hitler later in the war… if they consolidated the territory they took (basically the whole europe) instead of going into russia, we would all drive bmw's and mercedeses nowadays

  10. German Army was actually very very insufficient to win the war. They invaded neighboring weak countries with ease. They did not have enough equipment, weapons and manpower to overcome allies and russia. Hitler was a failure as a leader who caused total annihilation of his country.

  11. because whilst everyone else was broken and still recovering economically from ww1, germany was busy building a massive army. if the allies just invaded in 1936 it would have been easy

  12. So basically, the blitzkrieg was actually a huge wiener constantly ejaculating military supplies, penetrating other countries?

  13. The nazi party was more left wing. Yes, they hated communists, but they had most of the attributes of the communists, Total control by the government is not a right-wing ideal.

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