Raison d’être of the Third Reich was to save Germany, Europe and the whole human civilization from being conquered, occupied and destroyed by the Soviet Union led by the “Red Emperor” Joseph Stalin and replaced with the alternative civilization – the global Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. This noble mission was successfully accomplished – the existential war was won.
However, while Adolf Hitler and the Nazis correctly identified the Stalinist Soviet Union as the existential threat to Germany, Europe and the whole human civilization (i.e., the source of this threat), they completely misunderstood the nature of this threat as well as the nature of this existential war.
This tragic misunderstanding (which, alas, was not an honest mistake) created a very powerful and very deadly synergy with deep and formidable feelings of fear, hatred and pride (three deadly sins).
Feelings that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis simply could not control. Instead, they let these feelings control them – with ultimately disastrous (and even fatal) results.
This enormously powerful and extremely toxic synergy made Adolf Hitler and the Nazis commit mass murders – war crimes and crimes against humanity – arguably the most horrible in the history of mankind. These crimes had a highly negative effect on military capabilities and became an important reason why the Third Reich lost the Second World War.
Adolf Hitler created a unique government system – Führerstaat (State of the Führer) where all strategic decisions were made by one individual – The Führer – who made them based mostly on intuition.
Unfortunately for the Nazis, this system had a number of key flaws. Although Adolf Hitler possessed enormously powerful intuition (which resulted in the whole series of genuinely brilliant political, economic and military victories), he did not develop powerful enough system for information processing to support (and properly feed) his intuition.
Neither did he develop a system that would have prevented him from making wrong strategic decisions (“blunder prevention system”). Consequently, when the system that he had to manage became too complex (after the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941), he inevitably started to make disastrous strategic mistakes – which ultimately led to the defeat in World War II, demise of the Third Reich and his suicide.