The Result of Overconfidence
“This tempo, this pace – no one expected this. Hitler is a master politician… greater than Napoleon, because he is conquering the world without waging war” (Sax 350). Knowing what we do now, we know that Hitler was not the Napoleon 2.0, considering he made the same mistake of invading Russia when winter comes around. While it is true that Hitler was a great politician, he left quite a bit to be desired when it came to being a military general. At first he showed great promise with the Blitzkrieg and invasion of France, but he caught a disease common to new generals after several rousing successes: overconfidence.
Anyone with a slight knowledge of military knowledge knows two basic pieces of strategy: Never fight a war on two fronts, and never invade Russia without winter coats. Hitler’s price to pay for ignoring these basic lessons was a lost war. Even the soliders who were figting aginst the Russians knew who to blame: “And when will Hitler take any decisive steps to free our armies from encirclement?” (Perry 248). Because Hitler was so focused on the race war, he ignored the words of his advisers and generals. They say “pride cometh before the fall”, and in this case, Hitler proved the adage more than true.
Sax, Benjamin C., and Dieter Kuntz. Inside Hitler’s Germany: A Documentary History of Life in the Third Reich. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1992. Print.
Perry, Marvin, Matthew Paul Berg, and James H. Krukones. Sources of Twentieth-century Europe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. Print.