Suicide is a book about how unprepared Germanywas for war. Hitler began a war against Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, Yugoslavia, Norway– with the United States of America as another potential enemy. Germanydid not have access to strategically critical natural resources. Germanyhad no allies that could render real assistance. Despite this, Hitler even opened hostilities with the Soviet Union. It was a foregone conclusion that this war would end with the surrounding of Germany. In this book Suvorov shows how Hitler was surrounded, from an unusual point of view.
Hitler was leader in name only, Martin Bormann was the man who really had the power in Germany. The power structure of Germanywas organised in such a way that it was impossible to effectively command a war. Germany’s intelligence service had no idea of the real power of the Red Army. It was almost impossible to conquer the Soviet Union in three months. The Red Army had 5 million soldiers. In the first week of the war its ranks swelled by another 5 million. Even if the Germans managed to kill or take prisoner a million Russian soldiers each month, the war would still drag out for almost a year. But they were not able to do this. It follows that – whatever external factors might come into play – the war was set to last for more than a year. And the total mobilised resources of the Soviet Union came to 34 million soldiers and officers, so Stalin could quickly replace any losses he suffered. What’s more, Roosevelt stood behind Stalin, ready to render any necessary assistance. But Hitler and his strategists thought otherwise when they began the war.