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    One of the constant surprises of reading up on the period for my ongoing novels has been the discovery that the threat of Germany at the time of WWII has been constantly overplayed by Anglo-American post-hoc propaganda.  In fact, Germany was constantly on the ropes economically from Hitler's push for all-out war, strapped for manpower, and internally divided among factions who planned and attempted his assassination on numerous occasions.  Although a genuine threat to Poland, France, and the Balkans, Germany simply lacked the resources necessary to conquer the world, at least in Hitler's generation.  Their ideal scenario, which was just barely achievable, was to unite with Austria, re-conquer the lands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire lost after WWI, and gobble up Poland and the Ukraine, which had been German areas of influence well into the nineteenth century. They would have needed to make a treaty with Russia somewhere along the longitude of Moscow in any event.

    Realistically, Germany allowed the continuance of a puppet Vichy France because, among other things, it allowed them to leave internal control of that area to local sources of manpower and management.  They would not have had the resources to control not only the south of France, but an economically backward and rebellious Spain.  Having a technically neutral but supportive local dictatorship willing to trade with them gave them the best bargain they could have hoped for.  Gilbraltar wasn't really a possibility; the Suez Canal represented a much better opportunity for cutting England's lifeline to India. Spain was much more of an interest for Mussolini, who was the original outside supporter of Franco's coup.

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