TRVE BVCK BREAKER
True & Honest Fan
- Feb 12, 2013
Albeit the RN blockade was highly effevtive in WW2 it was rendered uneffective in ww2 the mokment we overran France.
Ok. How much oil and foreign resources was Germany able to ship in from foreign nations after the fall of france?
A fair bit of swedish iron for sure, probably some wood from finland...but is there anything that could actually give germany more than a snowball's chance in hell of not falling apart the moment things went south in the east for lack of oil and due to vast amounts of infrastructure and manpower being dedicated to synthesising/replacing that they could have easily acquired overseas?
The thing about strategic war is that its not just about shitting out more guns/tanks/troops/food/oil than your enemies, its preventing your enemies from acquiring more guns/tanks/troops/food/oil and thus terminally fucking up the strategies they enacted based on holding these assets and forcing them to reroute ever more precious resource and manpower to replicating or synthesising or working around the lack of such resources. Incidentally thats also why the RAF and later USAF bombing campaign of german factories and industrial assets was such a pain for the Germans.
The Soviet Deep Operation stratetgy effective as it was, was only possible becasue of the millions of gallons of fuel, the millions of tonnes of food and the thousands and thousands of tonnes of equipment the USA provided them. The soviet Stalinorgel (the Katyusha rockets) were solely built on Studebaker trucks by late 1943.
Which in and of itself was fraction of all the shit the soviets produced throughout the war for themselves, hell its one of the reasons they were so freaked out at the prospect of losing the caucuses since thats where their oil and a fucktunne of their food was. And IIRC the large majority of the lend lease came into the USSR after 1942/1943 when the war was pretty much impossible for Germany to win anyway given how spent their resources were. It helped them win as completely as they did, but it was not the major factor in them winning.
US industry was definitely one of the main factors in allied victory, and its arguable a real victory* would have been impossible without it aiding the allied cause, but it definitely wasnt the only main factor.
* as in a victory that doesnt consist of "grind Germany into a stalemate in the east, continue the blockade and bombing campaigns while keeping them contained in the Mediterranean, and hope to survive until their resource shortage goes supercritical and/or their economy explodes for lack of foreign assets to cannibalise and the mutinies of 1918 happen again"