I feel the topic of oil needs a special episode. I found it fascinating how Toprani and TIK come to the conclusion that Germany really lost control of the outcome of the war not in 41’ Barbarossa, or 42’Stalingrad, but back in 40’, when the British would not capitulate, and the subsequent British blockade, creates an immediate oil crisis for the Third Reich.
Also, I hope when summer 41’ Barbarossa comes to fruition, Indy goes into serious detail on the planning of operation Barbarossa, and how Chief of Staff Halder literally changes the operations main strategic goal from capturing the grain in Ukraine, and the oil fields of the Caucuses, to trying to beat the Soviets by taking Moscow.
So by understanding the importance of taking the resources and oil from Russia, I get a totally different take on how Hitler conducted himself during the Russia campaign. The traditional view, if Hitler would just listen to his generals, the outcome for Germany would have been different. However, it seems Hitler knew better than his generals, b/c he understands the importance of taking Russia’s natural resources, and not just it’s largest cities. This objective alone is hard enough as is, so throw on top of it the time crunch of Germany’s dwindling supply of fuel, it seems maddening to me of why they go to Leningrad and Moscow at all? Why not throw everything you have into southern Russia and the Caucuses? If the Germans did this, then maybe the outcome is different.
I highly recommend both sources below on this topic. TIK always does great work, and Toprani’s lecture is very good stuff as well.