Originally Posted by polishshooter
Yeah, I get it, AND I thought I dealt with it...While YES it was "State of the Art," NONE of that stuff materially AFFECTED the outcome of the war!
True, Polish, it didn't ultimately, but it easily could have, and nearly did in some cases. Had the Germans had that Type XXI U-boat operational by mid-1943, for example--which they certainly could have--I wonder if the cross-channel invasion would ever have taken place, and indeed, I wonder seriously if Britain would have survived to be used as a launching platform for that invasion. My point here was simply that in a purely technological sense, the Germans were quite formidible folks indeed. The fact that the technology they developed was not used effectively has nothing to do with the brilliance of its invention. Failure to use that technology effectively lies in the sphere of politics and economics, not science. I think we would both agree that Uncle Adolph was a megalomaniacal fool (fortunately for Western Civilization!), and it was his short-sighted and frequently anal decisions that made it virtually impossible for the Germans to win. Remember, it was Hitler, not the German high command who ordered Operation Barbarosa and the declaration of war against the U.S. in December 1941. It was Hitler, not the German military/industrial establishment who decided to make the Me 262 into a fighter-bomber instead of the pure fighter-interceptor it really was. And finally, it was Hitler and his Nazi minions who ordered vast German resources committed to the destruction of European Jewry instead of to building weapons.