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Operation Barbarossa: What Were The Major Mistakes?


Operation Barbarossa: What Were The Major Mistakes?

Operation Barbarossa was under Hitler and his general’s baby. Both were responding for the same parents and would constantly blame the other side for the shortcomings in the Russian steppe. The German Military Intelligence service for the Eastern Front had main issues to provide insights. This insight was about the Red Army, which was quite a well-known problem at that time. The main challenges that the Military intelligence face are to gather the information and to analyze that information. The nature of the Soviet Union is closed. Thus, gathering information is strictly inflicted.

Lack Of Information Of The Operation Barbarossa

Operation Barbarossa: What Were The Major Mistakes?
Operation Barbarossa: What Were The Major Mistakes?

The German military intelligence underestimated the Soviet’s ability to raise and outfit new divisions without knowing the upper rank of the Soviet Union. For Case Blue, this is a major problem in 1942. It finally ended in the disaster at Stalingrad, and this was due to the lack of information. The German military intelligence at the wartime assumed that the Red Army was beaten with limited abilities to restore itself.

The Logistics Of The Operation Barbarossa

Even before the Barbarossa started, the German army did not have sufficient trucks and or trains. Due to the lack of transport capacity, the existing vehicles were used a lot. It was even used for those work that was not suited for it. Due to this reason, there was more wear and tear, and it ultimately affected the supply line. In short, if there are any shortcomings in the logistics, it will make a death spiral.

Before the Soviet Union attacked Germany, there were not any sufficient train engines or rail cars. The chief for transportation noted this in January 1941. The situation would be problematic with Operation Barbarossa. The railway reconstruction was necessary as the rail gauge in the soviet union was different than that of continental Europe. People thought that Russian rail engines and cars would be captured without the reconstruction, but this was not the case.

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Though the German High Command allowed its soldiers to continue along the Soviet railway lines, they did not follow this. The Soviet forces either destroyed or evacuated a large amount of equipment. Hence, there was a lack of both the construction workers and trains. In this condition, there are no sufficient trains and available trucks which are difficult to manage. The adverse conditions of the road also led to a severe breakdown. We also need to consider that due to the muddy season, the situation got worse. The vehicles couldn’t move on the road properly.

Operation Barbarossa: What Were The Major Mistakes?
Operation Barbarossa: What Were The Major Mistakes?

The Soviets established some special local services so that the railways can be operated even during the winters. Germans should reestablish such services before the conflict people knew that there is a shortage in the transport capabilities of trains and trucks. There were some people who could handle the railways and there was less crew who could improve the destroyed railway infrastructure.

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