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Post WWII: Oil, German Generalship, and the Cold
Created by John Eipper on 02/09/18 6:00 AM

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WWII: Oil, German Generalship, and the Cold (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 02/09/18 6:00 am)

To address John E's question, during WWII there was practically no oil production in Libya.

I am sick and tired of all this praise of German generalship in WWII. Rommel after all was not so effective if he could not understand that it was imperative first to secure Malta and then proceed to Alexandria and beyond.

Tor Guimaraes raised the question of whether the Russians could have defeated Germany without outside help. I believe the Axis would have won against Russia if it had not been for General Winter.

JE comments: General Winter's adjutant, Quartermaster Gen. Impossibly Stretched von Supply Lines, is also brilliant at undermining an invader's ability to fight.  (There must be a lull this morning on the Eastern front, as General W is now laying siege to Michigan.  Fortunately we provisioned WAIS HQ last night, before the blizzard hit.)

Besides losing their respective wars, Germany and the North American Confederacy share the common reputation of superior generalship.  Consider Rommel, Guderian, Lee, Jackson, Cleburne, Forrest, etc.  Or go back to WWI and you have the much-admired Hindenburg-Ludendorff duo.  But for military leaders, isn't winning the ultimate yardstick?  Can you be a superior athlete and still get beaten?

And yes, Is Guderian an Armenian name?  This was Cameron Sawyer's question exactly four years ago (February 9th, 2013).  Here's one of the top-grossing WAIS posts of all time:


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  • "Schnelle Heinz" Guderian (Timothy Ashby, Spain 02/10/18 4:51 AM)
    Regarding "Schnelle Heinz" Guderian:

    John E wrote: "And yes, Is Guderian an Armenian name? This was Cameron Sawyer's question exactly four years ago (February 9th, 2013). Here's one of the top-grossing WAIS posts of all time":


    I asked my 97-year-old mother about her recollection of her father's meeting with Guderian in Germany in the early 1920s. She doesn't recall anything other than the family connection, photos etc., but did remember that her grandmother Rosalie Guderian pronounced the surname as "Goot-erian"--which sounds rather like "Gut (Good) Aryan!

    I agree with Cameron about the family being of Armenian origin. Apparently the General was sensitive about this, but probably because the Nazis were looking for ways to undermine him.

    JE comments:  Schnelle or not, Guderian is Cousin Heinz to Tim Ashby.  His great-grandmother (or was it great-great?) was the great aunt of the legendary Panzer General.  Guderian is also one of the main characters of Tim's page-turning historical novel, In Shadowland.  

    Tim--are you working on a new installment of the Seth Armitage series?  You, in my mind, are one of the greatest living practitioners of historical fiction.  (I just wrote five "greats" in as many sentences.  There must be a record in that.)  See below:


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