Regarding Britain being at risk of occupation, there hasn't been a successful invasion of this spunky little island for close on a thousand years. At things actually went, the Nazis tried and failed to gain air supremacy, Had Hitler defeated the Soviets, his ability to crank out aircraft would have been 3-fold. Direct invasion would have been an afterthought, th combined u-boat.air offensive could have starved Briton to death. The resouces of Russia plus the German production ability could not be matched by Britan.
none of the above alters the fact that Chamberlain guaranteeing Poland was just a total bloody joke.
True, the guarantee should have been given to the Czechs 2 years earlier.
The goal was not the conqust of all of Russia, but the destruction of her ability to wage war on a significant scale along with a forced settlement that would gain Germany large chunks of Russian land. Taking Moscow would have cut the Russian rail lines in two, even if Russia remained in the War her military ability would have been a fraction of what it was. Hitler could gave reduced his forces there to a fraction of what he used historically, and over-run the Mediteranian and strangled/invaded England itself.
.his military machine would still have been undermined by the long-term problems inherent in a state-dominated economyWishful thinking, actual German war production was only surpassed by the Untied States and Russia. Germanys war economy dwarfed Englands. Furthermore, she was able to exploit the resources of conquered nations.
Sources: Liddell Hart, Dupey, Trevor-Roper, Irving, Macksey, Carver, Jodl, Keitel, Churchill and an endless stream of others. (mostly British historians, and German memiors).
(Edited by George W. Cordero on 12/05, 7:09pm)