Shades of Grey wrote:
Imagining an alternative history. Let us suppose the following.... - At some coordinated time in early 1942 or so, the Axis hit Russia from both ends.
If Germany had only not attacked Russia (at all), IMHO in short time it would own all of Europe and Scandinavia. Northern Africa, too, if it wanted to bother. Attacking Russia was surely Hitler's biggest blunder, and basically responsible for Germany's defeat. It's folly to think that /any/ country could conquer Russia; even Russia can't handle itself. And keeping Russia as an ally would pretty much guarantee control of over half the world.
And Germany could then have the UK as well, if and when it wanted it, or even let it alone (Hitler liked the British, and never thought they would enter the war in Europe). And if Japan had kept its forces local, and not attacked Pearl Harbor, then probably the U.S. would never have entered the war.
Surely Europe, Scandinavia, and northern Africa would have been enough to satisfy Hitler. With those resources, and allies controlling Asia, it certainly would have been /the/ world super-power.
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