Why Hitler Failed
Why Hitler Failed A completely unexpected reason now appears for the failure of the Nazi invasion of Russia, which brought with It th« collapse of the Hitler regime. It seems, astonishing u it sounds in viett of German thoroughness, that no preparation preparation was made to meet the Russian winter. Little or no warm clothing was provided, and anti-freeze was lacking for tanks and'trucks. The war started in the latter part of June, 1941, and Hitler must have expected it to wind up before the weather turned cold. This revelation appears in the recently translated reminiscences of the Nazi tank expert, Gen. Heinz Guderian. He made constant appeals to Hitler as the thermometer dropped and cases of frostbite became numerous, but the calls for clothing and lubricants that would work in cold weather were not answered. Why on earth did this happen? Hitler read history, knew all about the failure of Napoleon's Russian campaign. He must have remembered the bitter fighting in the winters of World War I, when the Germans made preparations for resisting the cold. How could Hitler have so blundered ? The only conceivable explanation is that his previous successes went to his head, and that he believed no achievement achievement impossible to him. Faulty information about Russian resources may have contributed. Yet had the information been correct, would Hitler have listened ?