I mean intelligence in the military sense, rather than that all Germans were stupid.
One of the areas the Allies were indisputably superior to the Axis in the war is in the field of intelligence - ULTRA, MAGIC, the work of our boys and girls at Bletchley Park, our system of double agents, Operation Fortitude conning the Nazis that Calais was the real invasion target. Soviet maskirovka operation likewise cost the Germans dearly.
By contrast German commanders were woefully ill-informed - not only being consistently fooled by the Allies but also making blunders in their own right, famously underestimating the amount of divisions Stalin had.
What explains this gulf? I’ve a few theories of my own I want to run by you -
a) Hitler being convinced of his own genius and insight, dismissed any info to the contrary - rendering the Abwehr as useful as a condom machine in Vatican City.
b) Military intelligence, as the existence of COLOSSUS proved, is a field requiring much technical knowledge. The Reich however was busy murdering those who had such knowledge because they were Jewish.
c) Agents either saw the writing on the wall, that the Nazis would be destroyed, and preferred to back the winning side. Or they saw how inhuman the regime was and preferred to work to its destruction.
What do you think? I’ve also heard that things were also pretty shoddy in the Japanese camp, although I don’t have as many guesses there - any insight you can give is appreciated.