Dominatus, on Nov 20 2011 - 02:51, said:
As for the "not invade Russia" stuff, I think that they shouldn't have done it when they did. They should have gone in a few months earlier, and ignored the thought of invading Greece due to Italy's complete military failure.
Italy was tasked with protecting Germany's Southern Flank & failed, Barbarossa had to be postponed to allow Germany to do it instead, (a major allied landing in Greece would of been a knife in Germanys belly) Germany couldn't wait until the next Summer to launch Barbarossa because Stalin was about to launch into Poland & Germany himself (Hence the destruction of Stalins Air-force & Army's in the first few days, they were all Forward in launch off positions & were encircled & then destroyed piecemeal, Stalin helped with some Blundering mistakes)
Barbarossa was timed to last 12 weeks, 3 months & the entire Soviet Union was to be under Axis control, Army Group North got bogged down at Leningrad, AG Centre got hit with the Early Autumn rains just outside of Moscow & the Blitzkrieg got stuck in the mud, The only major successes were AG South where the weather was fine for much longer.............When Barbarossa was called off after no more Major offensives could be launched in that first Summer, Germany had already lost the war, it had one chance to win & lost WW2 in the Summer of 1941, all of Germany's resources had been used up, no more offensives for AG North or Centre, everything was stacked on one final push to take the Caucus mountains & Stalingrad & to link up with Rommel in a huge Pincer movement to capture most of the Worlds oil in the Summer of 1942, one claw of the pincer was snapped off at El Alamaine.
Had the Italians been successful in Greece & the Germans launched Barbarossa on time I have no doubt 12 weeks was plenty for the AG's to meet their requirements & the Soviet Union now would be part of Germania.
The Panther was in Blue print in the Mid to late 30's & the Devs wanted full scale production but powers to be said it was to heavy & continued on with the Lights, had the Panther of been in production pre-WW2 I dont think it would of made too much difference to the outcome depending on the Launch Date of Barbarossa remembering they would of done it easy with what they had if they went on time instead of going to Greece.