Hi Mallery. When I said a war weary North I meant there would have been less fervour from some of the electorate if things had not gone as well in the West.if the South had realised the importance of it and allocated better resources and a better Army of Tennessee commander,
then it is possible Lincoln may not have won relection.
As for Louisiana and Tennessee voting as it did, I think the fact those states were under occupation and any or all its Southern leaning voters were under arms or trying to avoid attracting the enemy’s attention, may have helped the result. I am not sure but could a Southerner have voted how he wanted anyway? Did they have representation? Am interested to know, but cannot find any evidence of figures.
However, one reason for Hitler’s impatience in invading the Soviet Union was the British food blockade of Germany; and the resulting starvation in German-held lands. Delaying the invasion of the Soviet Union by two years would have meant two extra years of famine conditions; especially in occupied territories and population groups assigned low or mid-level priorities for scarce, precious food calories.
Only the US and some parts of the British empire had abundant food. The UK, Germany, (and later Japan) were squeezed by naval (or submarine) blockades. Russia was squeezed by the vast territories taken by the Germans. Of course I’ll grant that in the early part of the war, Germany did quite well by taking the food and supplies found in France, Belgium, Ukraine, etc.
Grizzly, you make a good point. The Germans were never going to be able to invade the UK; but they did try to starve them. An excess of wheat in Australia and Canada does no good for the UK if it cannot be delivered. I guess we disagree on whether or not British hunger, lack of heating oil, etc. would have been sufficient to make them either sue for peace with Germany…If the British were hungry enough (and I think without the US merchant marine), I could see them saying screw the French, lets have a ceasefire and let the USSR and Germany fight it out.
Regarding the USSR, I once read an estimate that 7/8 of the entire Germany war effort was fought on the eastern front. This estimate includes the forces in Norway, the battles in Africa and the Balkans, Crete, the U-boat effort, the battles in Italy, the defense of France after D-day, the V-1 and V2 and other technological weapons, etc. The defense of France required minimal forces in the early part of the war, especially early in the war when it was obvious the UK was in no position to invade. I don’t think this small difference would have been enough to turn the tide in the East despite the small margin of victory by the USSR during 1941 and 1942. I even doubt Hitler would have reduced the forces occupying France at this time had the UK capitulated.
Worsham: I noticed it was today in 1920 that Polish troops under General Rydz-Smigly held a victory parade up the main road in Kiev, celebrating their 7th May capture of the city.
Their tenure of Kiev only lasted a few weeks.
After studying this conflict, you can get a better understanding of the Soviet willingness to divide Poland with Germany.