The Battle of Stalingrad and Tunisian Campaign both marked severe defeats for the Axis which would be impossible to come back from,.
Rereading the thread, you even claimed that they could’ve won in 1944.
Which is… frankly insane. I can’t take it seriously. [quote=“Champion, post:52, topic:111011”]
Italian social republic became a thing in late 43, and that front remained a stalemate until 1945.
The Italian Social Republic maintained only 4 divisions and those were all used as garrisons against partisans, and even then they only really (barely) controlled the Po Valley with partisans gunning down German soldiers and ruling much of the north with tons of disillusioned Fascists joining them.
To make matters worse, southern Italy had joined the Allies of it’s own volition, and most of the Fascist leadership were either dead, exiled, or imprisoned by Mussolini.
The stalemate didn’t matter, it was a sinkhole for German troops which tied them down and kept them from being able to reinforce troops on other fronts where they were needed.[quote=“Champion, post:52, topic:111011”]
Lol we were hardly even fighting the Japanese Army in 43; all of that was done by the Chinese. Even in 1945 the Japanese Army was still in control of large swaths of territory; it was the final collapse of the Navy in 44 which ultimately doomed the rising sun.
The Japanese army had little to no defensive capability and it was completely eclipsed in equipment and air power, as well as lacking numerous resources that the US had. Holding huge swathes of territory means absolutely nothing when you don’t have aerial supremacy and your capital is being firebombed. Even before the end of the war, some starving troops in Guadalcanal had been reduced to cannibalism, with a crying soldier telling another “One morning I woke up to discover that my comrade had cut the flesh off his thigh before he died. It was as if he were telling me to eat it.”
Apparently all these things meant nothing because the map looked big like on a video game.