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POLL: Hitler's Greatest Mistake


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Personal logo Condor Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Every time I see an ad for starving artist paintings on TV I think to myself, "Hmmm, I might be saving a country from an invasion by buying one of those paintings."

Nah, change the channel.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
failing capture the BEF at Dunkirk
6
1%
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invading Greece/the Balkans
3
1%
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lack of economic knowledge
4
1%
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failure to conquer Malta
0
0%
 
other (explain)
11
3%
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failure to develop strategic capability for the Luftwaffe
0
0%
 
declaring war on the US
30
7%
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halting research and development during 1941
2
0%
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denying Rommel the men and tanks to reach the Suez Canal
3
1%
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failure to better use disaffected Russian, Ukrainian and other 'liberated' peoples
36
9%
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invading Poland
4
1%
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no opinion
10
2%
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failure to sack Herman Goering
3
1%
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looting conquered countries
2
0%
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too many new formations
0
0%
 
building capital ships versus U-boats
2
0%
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lack of air defense for Fortress Europe
0
0%
 
starting the war
57
14%
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invading Russia
123
29%
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lack of functioning alliance with Axis members
0
0%
 
failure to make strategic withdrawals
8
2%
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starting a mechanized war with a horse-drawn army
4
1%
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over-stretching
17
4%
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genocide against the Jews
28
7%
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wasteful competition
1
0%
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beginning the war before Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe were ready
4
1%
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not invading/blockading/making peace with Britain
12
3%
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developing expensive new armor
1
0%
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priorities in 1942 in the East
2
0%
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failure to develop a killer submarine fleet
2
0%
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not going on a war economy sooner
11
3%
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ignoring advice of his professional general staff
35
8%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

In directing the war-time strategy of the Third Reich, what was Hitler's most significant error?

(Poll options taken from this pre-poll discussion.)