On Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:52:01 -0700 (PDT), Rob
Post by Rob
In OTL, the Axis powers traded troops for their priority fronts. What if they had been more specialized, with Italian reinforcements substituting for the Afrika Korps and German (and other minor Axis allies) troops substituting for Italians on the Russian front. What is the result in each place, and if each power mans its front by itself with its maximal force, is that an even trade in terms of quantity? Is it an even trade in terms of quality? Campaign outcomes?
Balkans in spring of 1941 can have the same force mix as OTL. Africa and Russia are the different ones.
No German reinforcements in North Africa means the British retain
their gains in their 1940-41 offensive rather than being thrown back
to the Egyptian border in Rommel's first offensive.
Maintaining the front of 1 Mar 1941 probably means British troops in
El Agheila (which in OTL was the main Axis supply base) or west by 1
July 1941. Assuming Italy does NOT invade French Tunisia this is
likely to mean the end of the war in Africa in 1941.
No Italians in the Soviet Union may mean a troop shortage in 1942
(assuming 1941 goes as per OTL) but that likely also means more
Hungarians and Romanians too.
It MIGHT even encourage Hitler to "play nice" with the Ukrainians (at
least until the war in the east is won and which point Hitler can be
counted on to be Hitler).
So your answer is (a) much shorter war in North Africa, (b) no
appreciable differencce in the East