- Jan 14, 2016
Hitlers valet was not privy to high level discussions.
Anything he wrote or said needs a strong filter.
Barberossa was very much Hitlers own creation according to all the sources I have read.
Yes some military agreed but there was also much concern about the timetable and the readiness of the army for such an undertaking.
All these objections were brushed aside mainly by Hitler who saw himself as a unique man of destiny who could be assassinated at any moment and had to act fast.
T hat is what happened and the German Army went to Russia badly prepared because of haste.
Well, he was party to Hitler's reactions and mood after those discussions. We will never know, but my feeling is that the generals did want to attack Russia and they did believe they could get the job done before the winter.