Advanced Military Strategies Of Imperial Japan And Hitler's Germany

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Before someone says

"they lost, so they suck",

lets put things into perspective.

Axis were outnumbered more than 10 to 1 in this war.

For example, USSR alone had population equal to that of Germany, Japan and Italy combined.

Japan, Italy and Germany had population of about 190 million combined.

USSR alone had 170 million.

China had 500 million.

USA had 130 million.

Britain had 40 million.

France had 40 million.

Korea had 20 million.

Thats already over 800 million people, when we disregard the fact that most of the remaining world was also fighting against Axis.

Axis powers were also weakened before war itself.

Allies had huge head start.

Germany had to pay debt after WW1, which caused economical crisis.

Hitler inherited a bad economy and virtually no military power, but he managed to build Germany into superpower in just 7 years.

So when Hitler came to power, he had no military while USA, Britain, France and USSR were already all superpowers at that time.

Japan was a feudal country before Meiji, but at that time USA was already an industrial power. People in Japan were unwilling to industrialize. Most were illiterate.

Meiji turned Japan into military superpower quickly, but USA had huge head start over Japan and much greater amount of resources, and after Meiji Japan didnt have much time to catch up to USA.

In a strategical sense of total war, Axis powers had virtually no chance of winning irrelevant of what strategy they used.

They had much less population, much less territory, much less colonies than allies had and therefore had to have much less military production and military troops than allies as a result.

Axis also had worse trade paths, as Germany and Japan were very far from each other and couldnt unite.

Still, they managed to cause many defeats to allies.

Allies lost entire France in six weeks.

Most of Europe was taken by Hitler.

USSR lost 25% of its territory and lost 10 million soldiers.

Britain was completely overpowered by Germany and pushed out of France and was fighting defensive air war on its own territory despite all the help from USA.

USA suffered huge defeats against much smaller Japan, which had almost no loses in first year of war and had victory after victory, and conquered Korea, China, and many other countries of Asia.

USA even refused to directly invade Japan, because the cost of invasion was calculated to be over 1 million soldiers.

So despite Axis being outnumbered more than 10 to 1 and having huge disadvantage in territory and allies having huge head start over them, Axis powers, thanks to their knowledge of war, have caused serious losses to allies.

These were their strategies:

1. Kamikaze

Japanese strategy

A strategy where soldier does suicidal attack on enemy, destroying himself to destroy enemy.

2. No Retreat Policy

Japanese Strategy

No retreat policy caused great problems for allies, because the only way to conquer territory was to find and kill all enemies, because Japan military always refused to abandon their positions and defended every inch of territory till death.

3. Militarism

German and Japanese strategy

The country is focused on creating greatest military possible using all available resources, hence the term militarism.

4. Blitzkrieg - Lightning War

German strategy

This strategy involves fast, overwhelming attack on enemy, where huge army and huge number of tanks and airplanes are sent quickly, all at once, concentrated to destroy enemy in huge number of attacks happening at once.


5. Attacking first - Surprise Attack

German and Japanese strategy

A very successful strategy which gave Axis victory after victory in early war, because it caught allies unprepared.

6. Total War

German and Japanese strategy

Entire country and all population is expected to support war by military production or fight in war or defend territory against invader.

7. Territory Expansion - Imperialism

German and Japanese strategy

It says to always try to expand your territory to foreign territories before enemy captures them.
Japanese Imperialism also says to make consistent quick great attacks to destroy enemy completely.

8. Technological advancement

German and Japanese strategy

Investing a lot in technology to gain edge in war.

9. Military Risks

German and Japanese strategy

Making risky moves to gain advantage in war, due to such risks carrying reward in most cases.

10. Experiments

German and Japanese strategy

Both countries made lots of experiments in military strategy and technology, which in return gave them better knowledge of strategy and technology.

Germany made first jet planes, for example.

11. Totalitarianism

German and Japanese strategy

While other countries were vunerable by politics, German and Japanese totalitarianism enabled quick decision making.

12. Indoctrination

German and Japanese strategy

Lots of propaganda in media and education was used, and population was made obedient and willing to fight as a result.

13. No surrender

German and Japanese strategy

Determined to fight till end to drain enemy, despite being far outnumbered in Europe, Germany caused heavy losses to allies when they invaded it due to refusing to give up.


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They didn't just lose, they are militaristically cucked and castrated for centuries to come.
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RM,

Thats irrelevant, as if you didnt read further from first sentence.

Sad.
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Also, Axis didnt yet lose.

Hitler's supporters are on the rise everywhere, and Japan has already infected American population with anime and loli porn.
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The good guys don't always win. 
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USSR had more soldiers than Germany had bullets.
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@WyIted

True, and no one seriously thinks that allies were good guys even if Hitler was bad.

Stalin obviously was a monster, and he planned to attack Germany.

Mao was monster too, as clearly proved later.

Britain and America invaded entire world before Hitler even came to power.

Americans bombed civilians where Hitler avoided the use of heavy bombers and focused on precise attacks and literally refused to bomb civilians on a scale which USA and Britain did.
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@Best.Korea
Mao was monster too, as clearly proved later.
Mao was a rouge two-faced roving communist warlord at the time.

The ROC and Chiang Kai Shek weren't a city on a hill but they showed every signs of heading towards a relatively liberal and functional society.


Britain and America invaded entire world before Hitler even came to power.
That would be 99% UK and 1% US


Americans bombed civilians where Hitler avoided the use of heavy bombers and focused on precise attacks and literally refused to bomb civilians on a scale which USA and Britain did.
The nazis started their war on Poland with a terror bombing of Warsaw....

The RAF only started wide area bombing after the Luftwaffe started wide area bombing on London.

All that you've said here is that the RAF+USAAF were better at a game the nazis started.
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All that you've said here is that the RAF+USAAF were better at a game the nazis started.
All of German bombers were literally made for precise attacks.

If Hitler wanted to bomb civilians, he would have made bombers for that.

The only carpet bombers were made by allies.

Thats why in terms of civilian casualties, Germany lost 10 times more civilians than Britain did, because despite having air force of similar size, only allies invented bombing civilians as an actual military strategy.
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All that you've said here is that the RAF+USAAF were better at a game the nazis started.
All of German bombers were literally made for precise attacks.
They were made for battlefield support.

The strategic bombers were made to destroy factories from distant bases.

Neither were designed as terror weapons. Both were used as terror weapons.


Thats why in terms of civilian casualties, Germany lost 10 times more civilians than Britain did
Germany lost more because they lost the battle of Britain.


only allies invented bombing civilians as an actual military strategy.
Then why did the axis do it first?

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Then why did the axis do it first?
If you think you can drop bombs and artillery on enemy and not kill any civilians, you are insane.

Its impossible today, let alone in 1939.

However, in terms of civilian casualties, allies killed 10 times more civilians because while Germany was targeting military targets, allies declared civilian homes as legitimate military targets.

Allied bombers were specifically designed for carpet bombing of cities, where Germany had precise bombers which could never cause as much civilian casualties and it doesnt even make sense to build precise bombers if your goal is carpet bombing of civilians.
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Then why did the axis do it first?
If you think you can drop bombs and artillery on enemy and not kill any civilians, you are insane.
The Axis terror bombed first. That is planned and executed missions where the target was civilian residences and infrastructure.


Allied bombers were specifically designed for carpet bombing of cities
False.


where Germany had precise bombers which could never cause as much civilian casualties
Through no moral virtue. They simply didn't want to divert resources. They had plans for strategic bombers and terror bombed anyone in the range of their bombers.


it doesnt even make sense to build precise bombers if your goal is carpet bombing of civilians.
Their goal was ground support. That requires precision.

The allies also wanted ground support and designed and built many planes that could accomplish that goal.

The goals of the strategic bombing initiative was bombing factories. That requires slightly less precision. It does require much more range. That is why anglophone heavy bombers were big.

At any given altitude anglophone bombers were far more accurate than nazi bombers because of how much effort they put into making them precise. Any imprecision is due to the extreme altitude of the bombing.

The altitude was necessary to prevent interception and to dodge flak. That is why the nazis started terror bombing. They were losing the battle of britain (or at least losing too many planes). They didn't know how close they came to disabling enough airfields. So they switched to night bombing London at high altitude.

Do you know how precise night bombing at high altitude is? It's very bad. They didn't target factories, they targeted boroughs.
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