Germany expected a short war in Russia. The blitzkrieg, by definition was designed to be a series of rapid, decisive strikes, toward a speedy victory. A knowledge of history and simple intuition tells us the foolishness of such thoughts when it comes to fighting in Russia, and despite feelings of superiority, Germany could have prepared its armies a little better. And, to put it simply, even before winter set in, German ground forces experienced tremendous difficulties that could have been planned for or avoided entirely.
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Now fully engaged, as he would be for the remainder of the war, Stalin did what he knew best. He spent people.
Having a near endless supply of farm-boys, factory workers, miners, trappers, and other unskilled civilians from his vast empire, he undertook a simple but ruthless strategy; he would out-man the Germans. The military was required to slow the enemy, yield, and then counterattack. Hold. Attack. Yield. Counterattack. In the meantime, farms were burned, supplies moved ever backwards, as the season advanced.
This strategy was one few nations could afford because it required millions of expendable people and vast tracts of land. Both would have to be sacrificed in enormous quantities because that was the only way to fight an enemy possessed of superior weaponry, better training, fighting experience, and hell-bent on moving forward.
If we can presume Stalin had few qualms with the costs of the campaign, what exactly would he then worry about?
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