Did Hitler have any rational reasons to underestimate the US military?

Update:

Reading up on the Great War, the Americans fought hard. Therefore I have to think the notion of Americans being inept at war because of being liberal or whatever, as being Hitler's wishful thinking. Am I right or wrong? 

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  • Fred
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    I believe Hitler vastly underestimated the USA's ability to manufacture military equipment and also put so many men in uniform to fight.  I would say he believed America would not be able to fight both Japan and Germany at the same time and likely believed it would cause America to struggle.  America had the advantage of being able to manufacture goods without their factories being bombed such as the British had to put up with.  Also America had all the resources it needed and did not have to bring in other materials from overseas again unlike Britain.  America was the large manufacturing country for the allies supplying many tanks, planes, and vehicles for Britain, Australia, and Russia as well as supply a lot of their fuels.  

      I would say Hitler believed Russia would fall and give Germany a huge slave labor force, all the oil and materials for manufacturing and they would be able to overwhelm the allies.  If this happened then Germany would have been able to bring the full force of their military against the allies.  Remember in both Europe and the Pacific the US troops were not fighting alone and in Europe there were actually more British Commonwealth forces on D-Day landing at Normandy than US troops but American history seems to suggest it was only Americans fighting there.  American troops fought as hard as any other troops and and definitely helped give the allies the necessary fighting strength to push the Germans back.

      In the Pacific America was able to supply most of the manpower and military hardware but the British, India, Australia, and New Zealand were also fighting hard.  Hitler may have believed the Japanese were more powerful than they were after their stunning victory at Pearl Harbor and their quick conquests of the American Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.  One of the things that convinced Japan that America was weak and unwilling to fight was their determination to stay out of the European war, and likely Hitler who declared war on America 2 days after the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor felt the same that Americans were weak and would not put up much of a fight.  Boy was he wrong.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Hitler was not a rational guy. He didn't have rational reasons for most of what he did.

  • Rick
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You mean OTHER then he was a psychopath ???

  • 1 month ago

    Hitler made the mistake of thinking that anti-semitic defeatists like Charles Lindbergh or Charles Coughlin spoke for the majority of Americans, and he was wrong.

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  • garry
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    america didnt declare war on hitler , they went in to support the english you fool . get your facts right .

  • 1 month ago

    He had a Dr morrell who filled him with meth and other drugs that made him overconfident ..which was a good thing .its like a midget attacking mike tyson . so this quack dr saved the world possibly ..no rational leader would attack the huge russian territory before even winning his war on england . he was hated by other nazi leaders because he apparently smelled bad and even gave hitler powdered bull testicles in some of his odd treatments . Look this guy up and you will understand the crazed hitler speeches.   

  • 1 month ago

    He thought the USA was weak because it was ethnically mixed, and ignored other factors.

  • F
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    What he did under estimate is the effect of sheer number will eventually win.

    While the Germans were probably justified in thinking they had the best equipment in most cases, they thought that would be enough. 

    They didn’t really appreciate that their relatively few great Panzer and Tiger tanks could be beaten by the vastly inferior Sherman in huge numbers.

    With all due respect to US and all Allied service men, it was the US factories that won the war.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The Americas didn't want to join in the war. They didn't care about the Death Camps and the killing. They left it to the Allies to beat Hitler and only joined in when they saw who was winning so they could loot Europe and cover it with military bases.

  • 1 month ago

    he was very dumb

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