[LMB] Neville Chamberlin (WAS OT: Feudal Nonsense)

Jason Long sturmvogel66 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 4 17:10:51 GMT 2010


Tony
The German generals only claimed to have shot off all their ammo to
delay Hitler's wish to attack France immediately after Poland.
http://sturmvogel.orbat.com/GermAmmoPoland.html has the real story.

Jason

On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 10:50 AM, Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz at eskimo.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 04, 2010 at 11:12:29AM -0400, Johnson, Ron wrote:
>> One interesting place to start would be Guderian's "Panzer Leader". Been
>> literally
>> decades since I read it, but memory says he talks a fair amount about
>> how unprepared the German army was at the time of Munich. (extending to
>> as far as the invasion of Russia)
>
> More up-to-date stuff would be found in the semi-official history,
> _Germany and the Second World War_, v. 1.  There was a _lot_ of
> necessary armament buildup before 1939 -- and the German Army
> basically shot off all its ammunition in Poland and needed several
> months of production to build up the ammo reserves for the French
> campaign.  If the French had attacked in 1939 the Wehrmacht would
> have been in big trouble very quickly.
>
>> I don't know the sources (or sources) Herman Wouk used in War and
>> Remembrance,
>> but there's also a fair amount of interesting stuff from the German POV
>> (specifically
>> a senior member of the General Staff) in it. Nothing authoritative to be
>> sure, but a useful jumping off point.
>
> It's _very_ iffy to use novels as historical sources for things like
> this... not that Wouk didn't do his research, but if you're trying to
> find out what actually happened, you need better sources.
>
>
>
> Tony Zbaraschuk
>
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