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View Diary: The Night the Guns Fell Silent on the Western Front - December 24, 1914 (Update) (59 comments)

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  •  Yes, But the Larger Reason (8+ / 0-)

    ... for the delay (most historians believe this) was that neither Churchill nor FDR were unhappy that the Nazis had concentrated most of their forces and resources to the Eastern front.

    It's a harsh way to look at it but, undoubtedly, they made the calculation that had the Soviet military and citizens not borne the brunt of the Nazi onslaught, the tradeoff was the loss of a greater number of British and American lives - had an earlier invasion of France been launched.

    •  There was nowhere enough shipping available (7+ / 0-)

      to consider it. However, the invasion of Sicily and Italy did lead to several German divisions being diverted to Italy from the German spring offensive in Russia, weakening the Kursk operation.

       The Russians were in 'contact' with the Germans whereas the western allies had to actually travel to meet up with the Germans. Only the most naivlly optimistic beleived that France could be invaded before '44. In fact, the walloping American troops received at Kasserine in Feb '43 demonstrated that the US Army was in no position to mount that sort of effort -- both materially and experiance wise.

       Yes, it fall to  the Russians to absorb the brunt - but that was more by circumstance than deliberate planning.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 11:55:13 PM PST

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