General George Smith Patton Jr. who led the tank battalions through Western Europe during World War 2 was called "Old Blood and Guts" because he was a warrior who charged quickly forward to defeat the Nazi enemy. He knew no fear and drove his men hard. But, he did win battles! See link below.
Special Note: He survived the war only to be killed in an auto accident in Europe. He died days later with his wife at his side. There is a movie called Patton that is worth seeing.
Admiral Yamamoto was so key to the Japanese war effort that the US Navy spent considerable effort to locate, track and eliminate him. General Rommel General Eisenhower General MacArthur General Patton Admiral Nimitz
General Bernard Montgomery of Britain.
Thingys like guided missiles, rocket powered airplanes, jet fighters, radar, submarines and atomic bombs were all used.
Do you mean 'why did the Belgians let French and british troops in once the German invasion was underway?" The Belgians actually did very little to coordinate with the Brits and French prior to the war starting in earnest. Believe there was some high level contacts behind the scenes. They did not want to do anything to provoke the Germans into invading Belgium. Cooperating with the Brits/French could have been taken up by Hitlers as a provocation very easily. Once the Germans had crossed the border into Belgium, the Belgians became much more amenable to French and British troops entering their country. Jon, Your question suggests you think the Germans invaded France and left Belgium alone, that is not the case. When the Germans attacked in the west they did not invade France directly, they attacked Belgium and Holland, both of which were neutral. That was just a feint though. When they attacked Belgium the Belgians immediately asked for French and British help and got it, which was just what the Germans were expecting. When most of the British Expeditionary Force and a large part of the French army were engaged in Belgium the Germans launched their main attack toward Sedan. That allowed them to split the allied armies in two. Michael Montagne
It was very possible for the Germany forces to have won WWII or to at least have extended the war for many years. How?
Here is a very quick break down.
1) If the Germans had captured the 338,000+ British and French soldiers at Dunkirk when eastern France fell in 1940, these troops would not have been able to fight in North Africa or in Normandy.
2)If the Germans had suceeded in winning the Battle of Britain the Allies would not have had a place to launch the Normady invasion and would have all but eliminated the ability for the Allied to create a second front.
3) The primary goal of the German invasions of Russia and North Africa was for these two forces to battle eastward separately but both towards a common goal - the vast oil fields of Russia. With the capture and control of these oil field, the Germans would have had fuel and oil supplies for many many years. The German forces in North Africa were turned back at El Alamien by the British forces and pushed against the Americans and forced to retreat from North Africa at Tunis. The invasion of Russia started too late in the year and the winter weather forced the German's to halt their advanced until the spring which gave time for the Russia's time to re-inforce their position - which over the next three years, the Russia's forced the Germans back to Berlin. If the German's had invaded Russia a few months earlier they could have captured Moscow, Stalingrad and most likely the oil fields all before winter - plus defeating the Russian forces.
4) Other key event would be if the Germans had defeated the Russians at Stalingrad, if the German U-Boats had succeeded in winning the Battle of the Atlantic, if the Panzer reserves had been aloud to attack the British, Canadian and American forces on the Normandy Beaches instead of being held back by a sleeping Hitler.
IF all of most of thees factors had come to pass, the Germans would have occupied and held all of Europe including the British Isles, all of Scandinavia, all or most of Russia - including the Ukraine and Crimea and all of the Middle East and all of North Africa. At this time the German forces could re-group and re-supply for invasions of the far east regions of Russia and into China, India, etc. Suggested ideas for battle plans were found for the invasion of Japan and Italy (German Allies!!??) as well as for the ultimate invasion of the Americas - most likely though the Bering Strait out of Russia into Alaska and down into Northern Canada as well as massing forces into Argentina (there was a very large population of Germans there) for attack north from South America. Of course it would have taken years for the Germans to transport enough material to Eastern Russia and Agentina to have this ability, which at the same time the Candian and American forces would also be building there force. Some computer based role playing games even have missions or battles based on the German invasion of the States.
I hope this was of some help, I know it is brief. A book you might find interesting is a book called "The Hitler Options" by Stoddart Publishing which reviews many the descison made by Hitler and if he had done something different how the war might have changed.
Yes, Germany could have won WWII. If they had collared the Allies at Dunkirk, it would have left Britain with only 4 divisions in Britain. Churchill would most likely have been forced out of office & Britain would have sued for peace. If they hadn't, then the Germans could have moved into North Africa in July/40 & swept through to Iran & down the Eastern coast of Africa by early 1941, with little use of resources. Britain would have lost further forces & would be impotent other than naval blockade & bombing. But with African territories & Middle East oil fields, the blockade would be immaterial. This would have taken place prior to Italy invading Greece. Greece was pro German & would have probably joined the Axis, with Germans in Iraq. Turkey would have followed suit. Furthermore, without an Army, Britain would have been forced to take further civilians out of the work force immediately, production of arms would have temporarily fallen, just when they needed them. With the addition of Greece & Turkey in the Axis camp, that would have given the Germans a further 60 divisions to use against Russia. The divisons that were used to occupy Yugoslavia & Greece (German, Italian & Bulgarian) could then be used to watch Yugoslavia (instead of invading it) Yugolsavia without Russian/British assistance wouldn't have done anything. The invasion of Russian could then have started in mid to late May, giving the Axis 4+ weeks more to cripple Russia. Wasn't necessarily a mistake stopping at Smolensk & eliminating Kiev pocket. But, the Germans should have started the effort earlier.They could have then used the two armoured groups to sweep everything away in Southern Russia. With the Turks/German's coming up through the Caucasus, this wouldn't take long. Russia without her oil, would be a lame duck. Hitler shouldn't have assumed Leningrad would fall by starvation. He should have allowed the continued attack. It could have been taken, freeing up seventeen divisions for the attack on Moscow. Germans should have also a) increased arms production b) continued research on new weapons systems ( Electic U Boat, Tiger tank, Jet fighters/bombers, surface to air missles, night vision equipment, assault rifles etc, etc, etc) c) Put Manstein in charge of operational planning d) Captured Murmansk. Without all those Lend Lease goods, especially the trucks & locomotives, Russia would be finished without everything else happening. America delivered 1900 locomotive in WWII. Russia only built 94 in same period. Russia moved most of it's men & equipment via rail. This could have all been prevented. One extra locomotive a day being destroyed would have meant the Russia wouldn't be moving after three years, no matter what else happened. With Russia out, wouldn't matter if America was in it or not. An undefeated German army operating on one front could never be beaten by Commonwealth/America alliance. Allies just couldn't muster enough troops.
The answer is no. The media and game companies produce games like Wolfe stein (Sorry I never saw how the game was spelled) but the reality is that even if the Nazi's had won against the US and Russia forces that joined the Allies. They couldn't have won because the sheer number of countries that stood in their way of "uniting" the father land, and also they would had to fight against themselves, you see. Japan back then also believed that it was their right and destiny to rule the world. But this would have conflicted with Germany and civil war would ensue. So, sorry wolfenstein (I think that's how you spell it.) fans, its just not statistically possible.
"Could" is a pretty open concept so the answer must be yes. Much speculative fiction is written about minor changes in events making significant changes in history. As an example the German supply of heavy water was only disrupted by chance and good luck. If things had gone differently Britain and America would have been subject to atom bombs not Japan. In this universe they lost. See link for an alternate history story on this topic.