Articles/History/World War II/5 Points for Hitler's Insanity

1. Immediately after invading Poland in 1939, Hitler ordered preparations for an attack on France. Germany was saved only by the weather, which prevented Hitler from advancing into France unprepared. At the time that Hitler ordered preparations for the French invasion, he had 1.5 million troops still in Poland.

2. At Dunkirk, Hitler ordered his forces to stop before reaching the Dunkirk beaches. This allowed a massive British retreat. Why did he let the British get away, when he knew he could have easily defeated them?

3. Upon invading Russia, Hitler concentrated his forces on the wheat fields of Ukraine, the breadbasket of the Soviet Union. This is somewhat equivalent to an invader securing Nebraska before Washington, D.C. Food is important, but the obvious move is to strike the capital first, as this creates psychological unrest and allows the opportunity to destroy the administration of a country.

4. The similarities between the writings of Friedrich Engels and the speeches of Adolf Hitler are uncanny. As Karl Marx's co-author, you would think that Engels' views would differ greatly from Hitler's, who hated the Soviet Union for its systems and stabbed them in the back. Hitler's antisemitism was also parallel with Marx. Marx wrote, "The emancipation of the Jews is the emancipation of mankind from Jewry." Though he does not emphasize the extermination of the Jews, we can see where Hitler got his ideas. The most despised elements of Nazism are not only similar but congruent, so to speak, with the writings of Marx and Engels.

5. Hitler's megalomania and "all-or-nothing" rationale contributed greatly to the demise of the Third Reich. At the end of the war, Hitler ordered that Germany be left in ruins for the Allies. Albert Speer, the closest thing to a friend Hitler had, refused to carry out the order. Hitler formed an alliance with the Soviet Union and then attacked them. He knew Italy was weak and made no plans to support them, even though they were considered allies. Mussolini had his own delusions about the empires they were building...he saw himself as a great Caesar who would restore Rome to its former glory. This would obviously not sit well with Hitler's plans for world domination. Hitler daringly proposed and carried through the extermination of an enormous number of Jews and other minorities. Before the war and during the beginning of it, he asked for what he wanted. The notorious "Appeasement", British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's giving Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1938, was an example of how Hitler got what he wanted. Well into the war, his turning on the Soviet Union caps off the assessment that Hitler believed he was invincible and could not fail no matter how strategically erratic his actions were.

Written by Justin Infanger