Andy McDandy wrote:There is a line of thinking among many Mailites that Hitler's real crime was declaring war on Britain.
He didn't actually want to fight Britain, his real aim was Central/Eastern Europe, based on a geopolitics theory by, I think, Mackinder. This said that the world was, basically one large land mass, Europe, Asia and Africa (curiously, he disregarded the American continent) and that the central bit of this, Eastern Europe/Western Asia was the heartland and important, it was surrounded by less important rimlands. He who dominates the heartland, dominates the world.
In Hitlers view, he saw a large German Reich surrounded by neutral, less important Western European countries, which would be on side. Italy, Spain and Portugal already had Fascist governments and there were Fascist, or semi Fascist, Nazi or semi Nazi parties in existence in most other countries.
Japan, an ally, would dominate the far east, leaving Britain, via the Empire and Commonwealth, who he wanted neutral, to dominate the parts of the world he wasn't interested in, like Australia, India, The West Indes etc
He assumed Britain could be negotiated out of the way, and he disregarded the USA, which he saw as corrupt and associated it with gangsters and Mickey Mouse etc
Britain upset this plan by going to war over Poland in 1939, and he always seemed a bit half hearted about the plan to invade, operation Sea Lion. He seemed to lose interest in Britain after the Blitz and turned East to his real aim, The Soviet Union.