It takes a nation to protect the nation
This is a speech from Adolf Hitler on January 30th 1942. At this time, it was clear that the battle for Stalingrad had not succeeded. The loss of Stalingrad and with it the 6th Army, came at the end of that year, in Winter, and the battle of Kursk in mid 1943.
I read somewhere that Hitler was the first leader to combine 5 powerful methods, which think were:
I'm not sure about him being the first, because Gengis Khan had all (including Technology) but perhaps without propaganda.
But whether or not Hitler was the most brilliant, it is clear that Hitler was a little bit crazy. Some of the statements he makes in this speech are pure fantasy. Others are hopelessly egocentric. Its a long read, but an educational one. Read how he thinks that Britain and the US attacked innocent Germany! It is mind boggling.
Those distinguished generals of the German army must have wondered what on earth they'd gotten in to. Well, apart from Goehring of course, who seemed to be focussed on other things.
While checking the above, I came across this article, which re-appraises the battle of Kursk, using newly released documents. Apparently, it wasn't the walkover for the Russians that we've been led to believe. The panzers under Manstein could have gained a victory at Pochorovka, but once again, Hitler interfered and messed it up and ordered him to withdraw.
It is interesting that the information regarding German tank losses at Prochorovka has not been made available before now. Due to the lack of crucial primary-source information–especially the records of the II SS Panzer Corps on the Eastern Front–there had been no evidence to correct the erroneous accounts and impressions given in previous studies of the Eastern Front.
Waffen SS formations’ records of their Eastern Front operations were not declassified until 19781981. By that time, many of the major works about the Eastern Front had already been published. Later authors accepted the accounts of the battle as given in the earlier books and failed to conduct additional research. As a result, one of the best known of all Eastern Front battles has never been understood properly. Prochorovka was believed to have been a significant German defeat but was actually a stunning reversal for the Soviets because they suffered enormous tank losses.