How did Germany, in just 6 years, go from depression to being so powerful it took the combined effort of the UK, USSR and US to defeat them?
Those 3 countries were recognised as the superpowers after the war and couldn't have done it without the others. Without Lend-Lease and the Eastern Front the UK would've had to surrender. Without British and American aid and without many German troops in the West defending against an Allied landing, the Soviets would've been defeated. And without the UK, the US wouldn't be able to land in Europe and there would be many more German troops in the West if it weren't for the Eastern Front. The UK and US wouldn't have been prepared to sacrifice several million soldiers like the Soviets did either.
- Louie OLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
Cause while those other countries had downgraded their armies Germany was secretly rebuilding theirs, against the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. That's how Hitler improved the economy, he put millions of Germans into the armed forces and millions of citizens to work in war production factories.
- Gray BoldLv 76 months ago
Johannes "Hans" Friedrich Leopold von Seeckt (22 April 1866 – 27 December 1936) was a German military officer who served as Chief of Staff to August von Mackensen and was a central figure in planning the victories Mackensen achieved for Germany in the east during the First World War. During the years of the Weimar Republic he was chief of staff for the Reichswehr from 1919 to 1920 and commander in chief of the German Army from 1920 until he resigned in October 1926. During this period he engaged in the reorganization of the army and laid the foundation for the doctrine, tactics, organization, and training of the German army. By the time Seeckt left the German Army in 1926 the Reichswehr had a clear, standardized operational doctrine, as well as a precise theory on the future methods of combat which greatly influenced the military campaigns fought by the Wehrmacht during the first half of the Second World War. The army that Germany went to war with in 1939 was largely Seeckt's creation. The tactics and operational concepts of the Wehrmacht were the work of Seeckt in the 1920s. In addition, the majority of the senior officers and many of the middle-ranking officers were men that Seeckt had chosen to retain in the Reichswehr. Seeckt created 57 different committees to study the last war to provide lessons learned for the next war. Seeckt stated: "It is absolutely necessary to put the experience of the war in a broad light and collect this experience while the impressions won on the battlefield are still fresh and a major portion of the experienced officers are still in leading positions". The result was the 1921 book Leadership and Battle with Combined Arms that outlined the combined arms tactics and operational ideas that went on to serve as the Wehrmacht's doctrine in the Second World War. Seeckt envisioned Germany winning the next war by a series of highly mobile operations featuring combined arms operations of artillery, infantry, armor, and air power working together to concentrate superior firepower to crush the enemy at crucial points. Seeing a significant role for air power in the next war, Seeckt kept a large number of officers in the Reichswehr who had experience in air combat. These officers formed the future officers corps of the Luftwaffe in the 1930s.
- robert xLv 76 months ago
enforced slavery of jews and others.
- bluLv 76 months ago
How can anyone take your q seriously when you paint an inaccurate picture? I'll give you a hint ... look up "Axis".
No Japan, the allies could have beaten Germany a yr. earlier.
Germany never had a chance because it never had access to enough fuel. Even if it had defeated the Caucuses, logistically they were still defeated.
Germany was the aggressor, the oppressor, and driven by evil which was far short of having enough to win.
Germany stole money/resources, killed millions of innocent people. Hitler set an example of how evil one person can get and how much that can affect history.
Germany was lucky the US didn't drop an A-bomb on them.
Germany in WW2 = big time LOSER (should never have entered).
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- Anonymous6 months ago
There was no economic miracle, the "recovery" was based on borrowing in the forms of bonds which by the time they invaded Poland were becoming due for repayment – and there was no money to pay for it.
btw without USSR agreeing to join in on the invasion of Poland the war would not have started. It is a bit rich that they are claiming to be the victors.
- Jack HLv 76 months ago
By Theft, enormous debt, reneging on deals and agreements in the main...then he destroyed his country murdered millions and pushed it back into depression through greed and personal ambition, drug addiction, ineptness and pride... I do hope this helps...
- colemanLv 66 months ago
if you mean WWII it was Germany Japan and Italy combined to fight us not just Germany.
- Anonymous6 months ago
Hitler worked an apparent economic miracle by building autobahns, wireless sets and secretly re-arming, illegally building up shipping, u boats, tanks etc. All stuff he would need to mobilise his forces and disseminate his propaganda when he got the chance. He paid for all this by theft and eventually plundering the gold reserves of the European nations he invaded. And nobody stopped him when they were able. Maybe you should find out about the League of Nations and the policy of appeasement.
Hitler never attained air superiority in the west which hampered his invasion plans of Britain, he made the mistake of attacking the USSR in the erroneous belief that Stalin's purges had left the Red Army weakened, and declared war on the USA, trounced into it by the Japanese, before concluding Barbarossa. He had huge numbers of troops tied up in occupied Europe, the Reich becoming less tenable, the larger it grew.
- MarkLv 76 months ago
Hmmm... It seems that you were toking behind the gym during history class not to know why this was.