Germany did not have the economic resources to put forces into battle that could defeat the allies.



This article makes the following points:

  • Never underestimate the enemy. 
  • By December 1944, Hitler's days seemed numbered, yet he mounted a counter-attack.
  • There is a fine line between confidence and overconfidence, as shown in Korea, Vietnam (Tet Offensive) and "Mission Accomplished" Iraq.
  • The allies learned that because they thought an attack by Germany was crazy, the Germans would feel the same way and not attack. 
  •  Hitler overruled his generals in attacking through the Ardennes Forest.
  • Don't ignore intelligence. Eisenhower's intelligence officer warned of a potential German attack.
  • Technical intelligence (ULTRA meant German radio messages were being read).
  • Flexibility is important.
  • Units were moved quickly to stop, then push back the Germans.
  • British and American forces were supported by effective and efficient economies.
  • Don't underestimate the bravery of your enemy.
  • Hitler believed American soldiers relied on equipment and didn't have enough guts.
  •  Brave soldiers can make up for failed strategy or overcome a lack of logistics.
  • Hitler put too much faith in willpower and did not focus enough on logistics.

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