“Brilliant” plans to win WWII: Soviet plan to win the war in 1942

“Brilliant” plans to win WWII: Soviet plan to win the war in 1942


19:41 German army had invaded the Soviet Union the superiority of the Wehrmacht was clear encirclement followed encirclement with more than a million Soviet soldiers becoming prisoners of war the pre-war Soviet units had been decimated and by the coming of autumn Red Army was mostly made up of newly mobilized troops who had not had the time to receive full training at the same time the Germans prepared for a knockout punch directed at the Soviet capital their armoured spearheads had moved forward but near the gates of Moscow they had exhausted their offensive capabilities it seemed that the war was decided and it will end in 1942 with the victory of the Soviet Union welcome to the brilliant plans to win world war 2 in this series we will examine four brilliant plans to win world war two with cunning strategies and see why they failed this episode is about the Soviet plan to destroy the Army Group center during the winter of 1941 so why despite the German successes with the Red Army win in autumn 1941 the Germans had calculated that the Red Army was on the brink of collapse and had taken a gamble with their attack on Moscow however due to logistical bottlenecks steady stream of Red Army reinforcements and the coming of the Russian winter their Drive was halted on the approaches to Moscow now German Army Group centre found itself near the Soviet logistical and industrial centres but at the end of its own supply lines it was exhausted from months of fighting and with a frontline too long to be held with existing troops the German winter equipment was still in the rare areas being unable to pass through logistical bottlenecks and remember winter was already here the German troops could not advance and staying on their prison position was too dangerous so the most sensible solution seemed to pull back and reduce the length of the front and supply lines however the Germans lacked the means to transport back all their equipment and a lot of heavy weapons would have to be left behind drastically reducing their future capabilities even more the men lacked winter clothing and a prolonged exposure to the cold during the retreat could have caused large amounts of weather casualties and could have disastrous effect on the more 130 years ago Napoleon had lost his fortune during the retreat from Moscow and the German army was in danger of doing the same but what if the Germans would stand and fight they could overcome their lack of manpower and winter clothing by concentrating their defense in the villages thus creating a network of strong points in order to successfully attack the Red Army needed heavy weapons tactical skill and air superiority however many of the guns lost in summer had still to be replaced most of the officers and soldiers had been recently deployed and lacked necessary skills and combat experience and the Germans still had a firm grip of the sky attacking fortified positions would be suicidal with these conditions let alone in deep snow and freezing temperatures but the Red Army could adopt a different approach at the start of the battle the Soviets did not have a large numerical superiority but as the time progressed more and more soldiers were finishing training the length of the front had left large gaps between the Germans strong points and the Red Army could move some units into the German rear meanwhile other units would encircle and block off the Germans on the front line when the exploiting force would reach the vital German logistical infrastructure it would cause large portions of the German front to be pulled back and be threatened with destruction eventually most of the Army Group center could be destroyed in this fashion and then the Germans would not have enough troops to mount a decisive offensive in the summer of 1942 if they couldn’t win the war in 1942 then they couldn’t do that at all as later the Red Army would become much stronger and the German supply situation even more serious in the first half of December the Soviets put their theory to the test they counter attacked by moving their forces into the gaps between the advancing German formations in the south this resulted in the encirclement of several German divisions threatened with being cut off the Germans fell back they lacked the time to evacuate all of their equipment and the role of it had to be abandoned the Soviet plan was working and the Red Army seemed to have a chance to destroy Army Group center and decide the outcome of the war for this the next step was crucial the Soviets had several options they could make a stop to resupply their armies or they could put their force in one place for a concentrated attack these steps needed time and Stalin decided that it was more important not to give the Germans an opportunity to rest and reorganize therefore the attacks were to be continued without resupply and divisions moved forward without proper ammunition or even sufficient food in order to help the exhausted armies to advance all armies on the central part of the Soviet German front were ordered to attack the Germans weren’t strong everywhere and inevitably some of the raid army units would find a weak spot and break through when the Germans would pull back in order to avoid encirclement the constant pressure would not allow them to stop the retreat meanwhile pinning down their reserves in less threaten sectors the concentration of the German troops was the strongest on the Moscow direction the Germans decided to put them back on a shorter position during the retreat Soviet forward elements had moved behind the German lines and were now in position to cut off the only major road supplying part of the German fourth army the Soviets chose to pass this opportunity for a bigger encirclement they directed their forward elements towards miasma in order to cut off supplies for both the german 9th and 4th armies german 4th army managed to finish the retreat and the central part of the front solidified the line was still made up of strong points but there was enough of them to cover most of the roads largest Soviet formations were therefore unable to bypass them and the only way forward was through German strong points the prospect of Soviet attacks here was not committing having created a semblance of a solid line in the center the Germans decided it was time to cling to their positions and retreat was declared to be not an option this strategy could work well in the central part of the front where there were reserves to counter Soviet practice but on the flanks the German troops were sparse implementing this strategy would probably end up with these units being easily bypassed and encircled Soviet advance towards V ozma continued with their forward elements crossing the moscow warsaw highway the germans have fortified the villages surrounding the road and used the mobility provided by the highway to sever the Soviet attempts to resupply the forward units without them the Soviet forces in the German rear lacked the capacity to take the key railway hub meanwhile in the north the Red Army managed to find the gap in the German lines and broke into their rare areas the Germans did not pull back from their frontline positions which weakened the supply situation of the Soviet units in the rare but at the same time allowed them to encircle the frontline units they could choose between destroying the German 23rd corps or cutting off the railway supplying parts of the German ninth army they chose to go for the bigger target but were unable to cut off the railroad due to lack of supplies and German reinforcements further north the German formations were located sparsely and they attempted to hold their positions in accordance with the viewers orders the Red Army advanced encircling and destroying most of them in entree opponent repeats they managed to capture large amounts of German food and military stocks and used them to supply their troops pushing onwards until their units had been spread too thin to continue the advance after the immediate danger had passed the Germans regrouped and closed the gap thus weakening the Soviet supply situation to the point the Soviet units in the German rear were unable to pose a serious threat to German communications south of Lake Ilmen the German units managed to avoid destruction and establish an effective circular defense nevertheless the Red Army had caught the land-based communications to a hundred thousand German troops Luftwaffe was able to supply these units by air to keep them fighting and prevent them from surrendering although the raid Army had attempted some follow-up attacks in the next months by February the strengths of the Red Army and the Wehrmacht had become even the German central defences proved too formidable for the Red Army to infiltrate and on the flanks where the Soviet units had broken into the German rear their supply was made inadequate by German strong points and they were unable to seriously threaten the German lines of communications both sides had suffered heavily from the fighting and the elements from the beginning of January until the coming of the spring thaw in April the Germans had lost more than 300,000 men a lot of them due to the effects of the weather the Soviets who were on the attack and therefore more exposed to the elements had suffered more than twice the German casualties with the coming of spring the Germans had regained their ability to maneuver they reconnected the encircled troops with the main frontline and destroyed the undersupplied Soviet formations in the rear areas thus solidifying their defenses during the following year so it’s attempted to destroy the salient several times but their efforts did not succeed it was only after the defeat in Stalingrad that the German troops were forced to abandon the salient why did the Soviet plan fail first the German command managed to assess the situation correctly and decided not to make a full retreat but instead took a seemingly more risky approach to stand and fight this did not allow to inflict heavy damage on the German forces during the retreat second the Soviets thought that the Germans were about to break and instead of choosing a less rewarding approached by encircling smaller German formations they took a riskier approach attempting to destroy all of them in a single deep encircle meant which ultimately failed this limited the amount of casualties they inflicted on the army Group center third although the roads were filled with snow and movement of troops and supplies were slowed down considerably traveling by air was as fast as ever German superiority here gave them the final advantage Luftwaffe was able to interdict Soviet breakthroughs in threatened sectors keep the encircled troops fighting through air supply missions and thwart the Soviet attempts to deploy troops behind the German lines through airborne operations in the next winter history repeated itself Germans had once again made significant gains but when the winter came they were stopped before their objectives but by this time the Soviets had learned their lessons instead of attempting to cut off the whole exposed force they concentrated their assets against a small part of it after careful preparations they went on an offensive and cut off the German 6th army the Germans attempted to use the proof tactics for bait retreat and attempted to set up air supply however this time there were too many troops in the pocket and the dominance of the air was contested the resupply effort failed and the German troops were forced to surrender the winter campaign of 1942 decided the outcome of the war so technically the Soviet plan succeeded but only a year later if you’re interested about other plans to win world war two you can check them out here or if you want to know more about the context of the Soviet plan you can click here

100 Comments on "“Brilliant” plans to win WWII: Soviet plan to win the war in 1942"


  1. 7:02 why couldn’t the Germans use the 256th and 129th to encircle the Soviets and halt their advance?

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  2. To be honest, if germany had defeated the soviet union, no korea war or vietnam war and no other scrambles would ever happend

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  3. The American plan? British plan? This series is hilarious and interesting at the same time.

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  4. German plan: let's attack everyone that shares a border with us and see how it goes

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  5. UK: So Soviet Union what is your plan?

    USSR: Simply wait till winter comrade. Xaxaxaxaxa

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  6. Great video very interesting to hear how well you explained it sorry if off topic but you have a pleasant voice to hear.

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  7. I believe von Bock was right about an early push against Moscow. They started way to late and thus lost the initiative that their armored divisions gave them at that time. These were halted and used for the big encirclement operations. Huge mistake according to von Bock:

    Hoth's army advanced so quickly that Bock immediately contacted Walter von Brauchitsch, requesting the bypassing of Minsk in favor of attacking toward Vitebsk so that a drive could be made for Moscow. Initially, the change in plan was accepted but it was soon overruled by Hitler, who favored the encirclement and destruction of the large Soviet armies near Minsk. Bock wrote in his diary:

    "The envelopment of Minsk is not decisive. Besides, I am sure that the enemy expects us to attack Minsk, the next natural objective, and will concentrate defense forces there."

    Differences between Bock's strategic intent and the intent of High Command repeatedly surfaced. Bock continued to favor a direct drive toward Moscow, bypassing Soviet armies and leaving them to be destroyed by infantry, which advanced on foot well behind tank columns. Bock argued that if encirclement were truly necessary then instead of diverting his tanks north and south to encircle and destroy smaller Soviet armies, a larger encirclement should be made eastward toward the Dvina-Dnieper River basins.

    Hitler decided against this plan, and insisted that the pockets containing Soviet armies must be destroyed before advancing deeper into Russia. Bock, enraged by this decision, was quoted as saying: "We are permitting our greatest chance of success to escape us by this restriction placed on our armor!"

    "All along, I demanded of Army High Command the authority to strike down the enemy when he was wobbling. We could have finished the enemy last summer. We could have destroyed him completely. Last August, the road to Moscow was open; we could have entered the Bolshevik capital in triumph and in summery weather. The high military leadership of the Fatherland made a terrible mistake when it forced my army group to adopt a position of defense last August. Now all of us are paying for that mistake"

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  8. 10:10 Germans were ok but then the winter came? Are you f kidding me? They were stopped in Stalingrad in September 1942 when it was +25.

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  9. This is Superb, Eastory! I´ll download and upload again on my channel, credits for ya. Can I do it?

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  10. Clever how the Germans found defendable strong points that were on the main supply routes, but eventually Russians got in their rear. Russian victory, but staggering losses for them

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  11. Stalin: What if we just made EVERYONE fight? Like women and children too.

    Zhukov: That’s not how that works

    Stalin: Just you fucking wait!

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  12. 1.2 million lives+ lives lost within a span of four months is staggering. The eastern front truly was hell.

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  13. I love how you mentioned the logistics with a railroad picture. The fact the Soviet railroad gauge was different hurt the Germans alot more than people tell.
    Trains from Germany couldn't directly run on Soviet track because of a size difference, so the Germans commited men and material to rip up the tracks and place new ones

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  14. I hope this series continues. Italy and Japan are obvious choices, but even America had mistakes and wrong assumptions. The attack on Pearl Harbor will be done by saboteurs, so park the planes close together for efficient guarding.

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  15. The mistake was stopping the advance on Moscow to help the southern army ..they should of all just went for Moscow as soon as possible then go south to get the oil

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  16. There's an interesting theory about Soviet plans for WW2 that I strongly ascribe to but is hotly debated among historians.

    The theory is that Stalin supported Germany to increase their confidence in winning a war with Britain and France, and leave Europe vulnerable to Soviet attack. In order to understand everything about this though, you have have to know how things seemed at the time. In hindsight, we know that France was defeated very quickly and with low losses. But nobody actually expected this. Even Hitler himself believed this war would be similar to the first, just with a different outcome because of his huge ego.

    One thing that makes this theory so controversial is that it severely damages the surprisingly popular idea among Russians and slavaboos of the super defensive "Great Patriotic War" of the peaceful soviet union vs the evil Nazi aggressor. If Stalin planned to invade Germany, then Operation Barbaross could be considered a preemptive strike rather than unprovoked aggression. Stalin's plan was to let Germany and the Western allies grind eachother down like WW1, while he supports Germany to keep them fighting for as long as possible, and then when both sides are drained the USSR will invade and march in and crush the exhausted enemy forces and occupy all of Europe under communism, as Stalin always wanted. Part of this theory explains why the Soviets were encircled so easily a bit more. The claim is that the soviets were positioned offensively. They were sitting on exposed forward positions on the German border preparing to invade imminently, and then Germany attacked first, caught them off gaurd and unprepared for a defensive fight, and cut them off. The soviets were positioned right on the border rather than in defensive positions on good terrain.

    Do people seriously believe that if Germany had never invaded USSR, USSR would have just sat there for all eternity? Hitler and Stalin both knew when they signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact that this was just a temporary measure as part of their own greater plan. Hitler signed it so he could have a secure eastern border while he defeated Britain and France, then he would turn around and defeat Russia. Stalin signed it to make Germany confident and ready to fight the west like WW1, so Stalin could take over europe.

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  17. Yes, the war had been decided before Stalingrad! If the Germans, who were stronger than the Soviets in 1941 were unable to conquer the Soviet Union that year, how could they do so a year later when they were weaker and the element of surprise was gone? I like the comment "the Soviet plan succeeded but only a year later" , it's right on point!

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  18. Well that was the most easily followed explanation of that part of the war, I gotta say. I just read a book from a German soldier that covered a lot of this, but so much of his descriptions seemed like gibberish without the maps. Thanks!

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  19. Turkish (founded recently) army used a similar tactic in Turkish war of independence. Up until the İnönü war, Turks fought the invading armies with small guerilla groups. When the Turkish national assembly put an army together, the Greek wanted a quick cut in the line and anticipated that a whole cascade of retreat would start. But commander in chief Mustafa Kemal Atatürk gave the order, "Don't defend the line, defend the land which is the whole country." Greek plan to break the line with a spearhead failed and spearhead was cut off from the main army.

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  20. Germany: "hey, let's invade Russia, a nation we horribly under-estimate and will tie up 80% of our limited resources, guaranteeing an allied win"
    Russia: "you can't possibly be that stu– OW !!!! Okay, it's on !!!"

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  21. Everytime i watch something about soviet russia in world war 2 i find myself in constant awe at the sheer amount of soviet deaths that occurred during the war. Entire families male members wiped from existence. Especially now a days in the old baltic countries that fought with the Soviets, villages have memorials and the names of the fallen are all the same… all family. I hope we never have anything like this happen again. World War 2 was an extremely sad moment in history for mankind.

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  22. Brilliant plans to win ww2. America: NUKE ‘EM! Nuke was ineffective. America: NUKE ‘EM AGAIN! Nuke was super effective.

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  23. While Stalingrad weakened the germans it didn't decide the outcome of the war, it was Kursk that made german defeat inevitable and only because Hitler postponed it by 5 months giving the Russians ample time to prepare, otherwise Germany had the chance to turn the war into a stalemate deep inside Soviet union which would be a German victory.

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  24. Excellent video! This fills in alot of gaps I had about the tactical- strategic layer of the eastern campaign, from afar it just seems as if battles were the sole factor of advancement in the second world war, when in reality youe video paints a much clearer picture about the lanes of movement and supply, as well as the logic behind the "hold your ground" strategy the germans employed. This was a great explaination.
    Keep it up!

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  25. Love the russian soldier looking into the end of their rifle. 🤣

    And options: 1. hold the line 2. retreat 3. build a snowman. ☃️

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  26. Yeah the brilliant plan was to use British broken enigma codes to know the exact German plans and troop movement.. The end

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  27. I hope this dude comes back soon with more of this series, I really want to see what the British plans where

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  28. They wasted time and resources chocking Leningrad for pure pleaseure when they could have taken it in a second.

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  29. I was thinking "rare area" was a military term I didn't know. Apparently he was just saying "the Soviets used their people as cannon fodder" but I couldn't understand his accent.

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  30. In the Soviet Union summer 1943
    Tanks line up in thousands as far the eye can see
    Ready for the onslaught
    Ready for the fight
    Waiting for the axis to march into a trap
    Mines are placed in darkness
    In the cover of the night
    Waiting to be triggered
    When the time is right
    Imminent invasion, imminent attack
    Once the battle started
    There's no turning back

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  31. Brilliant plan of WW2, make allies with Japan, have japan get bombed then be at war with 3 different large size nations at once, have multiple fronts to defend, get sandwiched by russia, get sandwiched by russia

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  32. I don't see this so much as a plan to win the war as a plan to survive the winter of 40 and 41. Which they did.
    And a plan to isolate the Nazi forward positions as much as possible. Which they did. It was imperative that they look to the end game and not allow the Nazis to sit in weak lines or even in strongpoints uncontested… to drive deep into the German rear to challenge the supply lines even Luftwaffe bases which by the way was the key to victory at Stalingrad. Also the encirclement of Stalingrad was not really a choice. Neither Stalin nor Hitler wanted to lose it.

    The only real problem the Russians had that winter was to avoid wasting their own troops while allowing the Nazis to rest and rearm. So it was a balancing act. Getting TO victory at Stalingrad was half the battle. Defeating the Nazis was a given. They just had to avoid throwing-away the war in the middle.

    And after Stalingrad they very simply crushed the Nazis on the Eastern front.

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  33. The only reason the germans were prevailing is that they caught the russians almost ready to invade europe.(russia was much better equipped,with 8 or 9 tanks to germanys 1,bigger ones too KV-1 ,KV-2) of course most people will not believe me because most people believe the lying media who has hidden the truth, i even find many people get mad when i point out clear facts to prove this because people seem to get mad when they find out their lives are mostly based on lies.

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  34. I think one important point to remember is that at this point in the war the Soviets were significantly reliant on lend lease programs, especially from the US; the sheer tons of food, clothing, ammunition, and vehicles sent to the CCCP is really amazing to behold. That's in no way meant to belittle the Soviets' efforts that were of their own, just a great historical consideration

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  35. The Russian actions described here in the early 1942 phase of the Russo-German conflict were actually quite solid initially and constituted a good plan. They ended up running out of resources to carry out the plan in the end, but they did achieve an end to Nazi offensive action on that front for the rest of the war. The real reason the Soviets were trying to gobble up the larger groupings of enemy formations was to eliminate the threat to Moscow, which had nearly fallen several months prior. The Red Army did not have the logistical capability at that time to press on west ward and out flank the German forces in army group North and thus win the war.

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  36. “Yay, the soviets beat the nazis! Just to become a worse genocidal dictatorship for the next 40 years! What a noble victory”

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  37. It fascinates me that as they invaded Ukraine and the Baltics, and other Soviet-controlled territories, the Germans were such belligerent chauvinists that they could not even pretend to be liberators. Even in Russia itself, there were enough people who hated the commies that many initially welcomed the Germans. If the Germans had supported local nationalist movements, they probably could've beat the Soviets easily, or driven them far back Eastward on a permanent basis. But no, they insisted on coming in as secondary conquerors, aiming to annex territory to colonize and to put German enclaves above the natives. They quickly lost a lot of that potential support. The dilemma of the local partisan underground militias is really staggering to consider and tragic. What a fate to be liberated from the starvation and collective farms of the Soviets, only to be grabbed by the SS and tossed into concentration camps, then liberated again by the Red Army or the Allies, only to be sent to the gulag.

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  38. Italians already disgrace the Act of Hitler which he persecuted Jews and Christians who criticize him.

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  39. surprisingly adequate video. thought no word of how many troops were held around Leningrad, and that attack on Moscow could have twice the power if there was no Stalingrad's defenders making huge german forces to fight there. these 2 cities player enormous role.

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  40. All occupiers of Russia always said that they were beaten by General frost. Do you think we Russians are more adapted to the cold than the rest of us? But it's not! Maybe we don't take the cold lightly, that's all. We even have a proverb: "a Siberian is not one who does not freeze, but one who dresses warmly."The lack of warm form is not an unfortunate circumstance, but a strategic miscalculation. It's like going to the store without money.

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  41. 5:58 the third option was also dutifully implemented. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b2/b4/7b/b2b47bdd272ef21d2d4188e6d9d908e8.jpg

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