About the "decision that cost Hitler the war"6/12/2021
Eugenio Battaglia writes:
As our esteemed moderator has observed, the question about the "decision that cost Hitler the war" has already been discussed in WAISdom.
The mainstream history on this subject is very clear, but not necessarily correct.
Hitler made several wrong assumptions, among them:
1) He did not consider that FDR would never have permitted the defeat of the Western Democracies, as Mussolini predicted in his letter to Hitler of 3 January 1940.
2) He assumed that Stalin would not attack him when entangled in another war, in spite of much evidence, even if it was well hidden and willfully overlooked by the politically correct historians. Hitler was such a damn fool to work for and support the Treaty of Non-aggression between the USSR and Japan of 13 April 1941. If he wanted to invade the USSR within a very short time, he never would have favored such a self-defeating treaty.
3) He did not realize that his offers of peace to the UK would have fallen on the deaf ears of Churchill, who wanted the destruction of the Third Reich, even if it meant the end of the British Empire and the realization of the US Empire, not only in the Americas but throughout the world.
Hitler (and Mussolini) did not declare war on the US on December 11, 1941, but he finally recognized that the US was already at war against Germany (and later against Italy too), possibly after his Chicago speech of 5 October 1937 but for sure after September 1940 (50 Navy ships to the UK), then the Lend-Lease Act, and culminating in real acts of war at sea and with the criminal seizure of Italian and German merchant ships in the US and Americas, with the imprisonment of the crews.
The assertion of Simms and Laderman, that "Hitler committed suicide for fear of dying," is the usual politically correct rhetoric. See the speech of Hitler at Reichstadt on 11 December 1941, which at first was apparently "poorly translated" when published by the NYT.
The various "casus belli" created by FDR should not surprise anyone. After all, practically all wars made by the US followed "false flag or fake news" incidents, starting at least with President Polk in 1846.
JE comments: Hitler did declare war on the US on December 11th, but I understand Eugenio Battaglia's point to be that the US was already in an undeclared war in Europe. Eugenio, I infer from your comments above that you believe Stalin would have attacked Hitler eventually, had the Fuhrer not made the first move. This is one of the Great Unknowns of WWII, although most "politically correct" histories suggest that Stalin would never have mobilized as early as 1941.
Then there is the Suvorov thesis, which in brief argues that the Soviets were massing for attack in July 1941, and were stopped only by Hitler's pre-emptive blow.
Soviet offensive plans controversy - Wikipedia
Judge for yourselves. My final thought: Thank Goodness that Hitler's decisions were "fatal."