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I've thought of another handful of What if/Could it? thread topics, and here's' the first. Ill put up the second on Friday,the day before I go on vacation for a week.
Operation Barbarossa, the largest invasion of any type in human history, over 3 million Axis troops storm into the USSR to wage a war of annihilation. The next 4 years resulted in tens of millions dead and many times that wounded or displaced. No doubt had Germany pulled off a victory it could have been much more bloody.
From a military perspective, one of the most important moments of this invasion was Hitler's decision to redirect Army Group Centre from it's drive on Moscow to encircle the Soviet forces in and around Kiev in support of Army Group South, which was facing tougher resistance.
Many consider this moment to be one of the key decisions that lost Germany the war, because has AGC gone on to Moscow as planned, many argue, the city could have fallen due to weaker Soviet defenses (relative to when the actual drive resumed) and likely not having to deal too much with the weather.
If, for whatever reason, AGC continued it's planned drive to Moscow and did not swing south to encircle Kiev, could Moscow have fallen? If so, could that have won Germany the War in the east, or would the USSR have fought on, and if the latter, how long could they have held, assuming they did not have the aid of the German advance becoming bogged down in the winter as badly as they did.
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