What was Hitler's biggest blunder of all?


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Sheldon  Cooper Profile
Sheldon Cooper answered

Declaring war on the USA in 1940

Also invading the Soviet republic

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

I think it was probably over extending his army. Fighting a war of that caliber on multiple fronts usually doesn't end well.

Maurice Korvo Profile
Maurice Korvo answered

Breaking his pact with Stalin. (Possibly both broke the pact, but if they had remained allies rather than enemies Hitler would have a stronger force for Italy and France)

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

#1, Operation Barbarossa.

#2, of course, was his failure to invade Britain after Dunkirk. He simply didn't believe how badly defeated the Brits were. An invasion at that time would have been decisive.

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Not much argument there, though I doubt if he had any choice in that. It was Japan that made that blunder and, since Germany was tied to Japan under the Axis agreement he may not have been too pleased to take on such an enemy. That's why I nominated the other two.
Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
According to two books I read, he could have delayed that decision for a while till he thought he would win in Russia but Goebbels fired him up with propaganda and he made the biggest of his many blunders.
Taylor Brookes Profile
Taylor Brookes answered

He killed the guy who killed Hitler.

Walt O'Reagun Profile
Walt O'Reagun answered

I think it was sending a message to Mexico, trying to get them to invade the US.  THAT is what really ticked off Americans.  We didn't really care about the German UBoats sinking shipping off the east coast ... Probably viewed it as the cost of sending shipments to help England.

Of course ... one could make the case that his BIGGEST blunder was - taking over the German government in the first case.

btw - Have you seen the show "Hunting Hitler"?  Alleging that Hitler wasn't killed, and actually escaped afterwards?  I know the conspiracy theory has been around since the end of WW2 - but now they've supposedly got declassified documents to back it up.

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