Login/Sign up

World Association of International Studies

PAX, LUX ET VERITAS SINCE 1965
Post Could WWII Have Been Averted?
Created by John Eipper on 02/04/13 2:59 PM

Previous posts in this discussion:

Post

Could WWII Have Been Averted? (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 02/04/13 2:59 pm)

I've enjoyed reading this Forum's exchanges about WWII. I agree with Cameron Sawyer's views (4 February) questioning the widespread belief that "WWII would never have happened, if only the West had had the backbone to stand up to Hitler early enough, and had not dithered over the Ruhrland and then Czechoslovakia." Cameron also astutely recognized that "reality was not as simple as in the story crafted by Winston Churchill, in his self-aggrandizing memoirs, the story that one must stand up to bullies and have guts and be fearless, lest one be bullied forever and still not avoid a fight."

There is one conjecture that I have never read anywhere but that I find quite interesting: Contrary to Churchill's laments about not confronting Hitler earlier and calling his bluff, I often wonder what have happened later if the UK and France had confronted him earlier, forcing him to back down while Germany was still "half-cocked." Perhaps then the world would have had to face a much better prepared Germany, with V3 weapons, and possibly even with nuclear capability. I am also left with another conclusion that for all his great fame for evil genius, Hitler was a lousy strategist, who made too many stupid assumptions about his potential and actual foes rather than listening to his experts and doing his homework more carefully.

JE comments: Was Hitler a bad strategist? Yes. However, Tor Guimaraes brings up a huge "what if": if Hitler had been forced to back down, say, in 1937, but had remained in power, how prepared militarily would the Reich have been by 1945? 1950?

I know we're not supposed to do them, but WWII hypotheticals are irresistible.



SHARE:
Rate this post
Informational value 
Insight 
Fairness 
Reader Ratings (1)
100%
Informational value100%
Insight100%
Fairness100%

Visits: 4

Comments/Replies

Please login/register to reply or comment: Login/Sign up

Trending Now



All Forums with Published Content (41755 posts)

- Unassigned

Culture & Language

American Indians Art Awards Bestiary of Insults Books Conspiracy Theories Culture Ethics Film Food Futurology Gender Issues Humor Intellectuals Jews Language Literature Media Coverage Movies Music Newspapers Numismatics Philosophy Plagiarism Prisons Racial Issues Sports Tattoos Western Civilization World Communications

Economics

Capitalism Economics International Finance World Bank World Economy

Education

Education Hoover Institution Journal Publications Libraries Universities World Bibliography Series

History

Biographies Conspiracies Crime Decline of West German Holocaust Historical Figures History Holocausts Individuals Japanese Holocaust Leaders Learning Biographies Learning History Russian Holocaust Turkish Holocaust

Nations

Afghanistan Africa Albania Algeria Argentina Asia Australia Austria Bangladesh Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada Central America Chechnya Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark East Europe East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Estonia Ethiopia Europe European Union Finland France French Guiana Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Persia) Iraq Ireland Israel/Palestine Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latin America Liberia Libya Mali Mexico Middle East Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nations Compared Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North America Norway Pacific Islands Pakistan Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Polombia Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Scandinavia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South America Southeast Asia Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Syria Thailand The Pacific Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan UK (United Kingdom) Ukraine USA (America) USSR/Russia Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam West Europe Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire

Politics

Balkanization Communism Constitutions Democracy Dictators Diplomacy Floism Global Issues Hegemony Homeland Security Human Rights Immigration International Events Law Nationalism NATO Organizations Peace Politics Terrorism United Nations US Elections 2008 US Elections 2012 US Elections 2016 Violence War War Crimes Within the US

Religion

Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Liberation Theology Religion

Science & Technology

Alcohol Anthropology Automotives Biological Weapons Design and Architecture Drugs Energy Environment Internet Landmines Mathematics Medicine Natural Disasters Psychology Recycling Research Science and Humanities Sexuality Space Technology World Wide Web (Internet)

Travel

Geography Maps Tourism Transportation

WAIS

1-TRIBUTES TO PROFESSOR HILTON 2001 Conference on Globalizations Academic WAR Forums Ask WAIS Experts Benefactors Chairman General News Member Information Member Nomination PAIS Research News Ronald Hilton Quotes Seasonal Messages Tributes to Prof. Hilton Varia Various Topics WAIS WAIS 2006 Conference WAIS Board Members WAIS History WAIS Interviews WAIS NEWS waisworld.org launch WAR Forums on Media & Research Who's Who