This video is an excellent summary of the fighting in Europe at the end of WW2. I love the graphics which show the movements of corps and armies and the map’s color even changes in winter.
I knew a lot of bad strategic defensive decisions were made by the Germans (all Hitler’s fault?) towards the end of the war but the video brings home the extent of surrounded Axis armies that could have been used in shortened defensive lines. Not quite as bad as early Operation Barbarossa for the Russians, but bad enough. Looking at the map from a gamer’s perspective one wants to start issuing orders and pulling back exposed formations before they get cut off.
What I find amazing is the effort required to track the movements of the different corps. In the 1941 video, towards the end of Barbarossa, the video follows Russian divisions! Even if the unit locations are only roughly estimated it is still a job well done.
This month all other WW posts will go up on the WW Blog. I’ve been concentrating on Bulge related Foreign Military Studies B Series of manuscripts (post war response to Allied questions by German commanders) and have updated the post on German medical care ;added a new post on German artillery assigned to Army Group B; and transcribed information from the Foreign Military Studies manuscript for the 62nd Volks-grenadier Division.