Foreign Minister Ribbentrop

All of us on the Great Patriotic War, but has not yet been restored historic justice. Speaking of our victories, historians usually remember the battle for Moscow, during which the Red Army has dispelled the myth of invincible German army, the battle for Stalingrad became the turning point in the course of the Second World War and the Battle of Kursk, after which the Germans were forced onto the defensive on all fronts. Unfortunately, the military historians belittle the significance of the battle for the Caucasus. But it began almost simultaneously with Stalingrad and in the strategic plan has been critical of Hitler. Even in his directive of August 21, 1941 said: "It is imperative as soon as possible to go into areas where Russia gets the oil.

" July 23, 1942, Hitler signed a detailed plan to seize the Caucasus. German Foreign Minister Ribbentrop said: "When the Russian oil reserves are depleted, Russia will forced to her knees. " It is difficult to understand why the Soviet command did not pay due attention to the aspirations of Hitler and failed to take necessary measures to strengthen the defense of the Caucasus. By the summer of 1942 in the South and North Caucasian fronts were only 121 000 people, 112 tanks, 2160 guns and 130 planes of the old structures. The enemy, by this time to advance to the Caucasus produced a huge force: 167 thousand people, 1130 tanks, 4540 guns and 1000 aircraft. Hitler's command was convinced that the Caucasus would be taken at one stroke, the local people happy to meet with German troops.