Re­mov­ing Hitler

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

Coun­ter­fac­tual his­tory can be great fun if not taken too se­ri­ously and I was en­joy­ing the re­cent de­bate on the 1944 ‘July Plot’ ( Should We Be Glad the Plot to Kill Hitler Failed?, Jan­uary) un­til Roger Moor­house sug­gested that a Ger­man sur­ren­der would have meant the Red Army march­ing un­op­posed into France and then tak­ing on the “puny” US forces. True, US ground forces might be no match for the Red Army but, with over­whelm­ing air su­pe­ri­or­ity and vastly greater in­dus­trial ca­pac­ity, the Amer­i­cans would have sent the Red Army pack­ing, and Stalin knew it.

Has Moor­house not con­sid­ered the havoc Amer­i­can bombers would have wreaked on the Red Army sup­ply chain – one that was, in any case, heav­ily de­pen­dent on Amer­i­can trucks? Ian Kemp, West York­shire

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