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Old Jul 02, 2013, 3:51am   #6
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The pivotal point of the war was in late 1940 when Hitler officially signed off to German high command that operation Barbarossa was a go. His fate was basically sealed after that.

Had the Germans rolled through Stalingrad it would have just delayed the inevitable Soviet turning point. The Germans were overstretched and facing an enemy with basically unlimited manpower.

If instead in late 1940 Hitler had entertained Soviet proposals for Soviet entry into the Axis who knows what could have happened. Or if the winter war had lasted a little longer France and Britain might have carried through with their plans for intervention in Finland that also could have led for soviet entrance into the axis.

Probably Great Britain was not falling to Germany even with Soviet support but you can imagine ugly scenarios where Germany uses the resources earmarked for Barbarossa instead to shore up Western Africa, +invasions of Gibraltar (with or without Spain),+ Malta , and eventually Egypt. Meanwhile the Soviets invade Iraq through Iran and engage British India.

While I am at it lets say that Stalin somehow convinces Mao and the Japanese to come to a separate peace and the communists enter the Axis. All of Eurasia with the exception of GB , + parts of india and china could be under Axis rule by 1943.

Now of course it would be an alliance where everyone pretty much both racially and ideologically hates other and almost certainly would have led into another war + but they could have won WW2.

Last edited by joeyjoejoejr; Jul 02, 2013 at 4:30am.
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