Date: 2017-02-18 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] pantswilder
I've read that, but I don't think it is an honest assessment. Not saying KG is lying, but that he is trying to sell these events as an answer for criticism that they were not originally written to answer.
Afterwards the British general SAYS the sub bases made a difference in the shipping war, but then later Britain is still starving and the germans still have plenty if subs for the us invasion. The narrative significance of that episode is really just forshadowing Leah's knee problem. Kursk and Kiev are framed as Russian victories, but again, what victory actually happens there? Kursk draw at best, and so is Kiev. Neither "defeat" actually weakens the uberwehr is any substantail way. The purpose seems to be to redirect the germans west while maintaining the characters. Perhaps a 4th, more sympathetic german battleship could have existed and been killed for real by maria at Kiev, that would have made that feel like it actually meant something, while maintaining the grimdark feel.
Look, it is an incomplete story, and I am sure at the end the allies will win. But I am having a super hard time imagining that itwill feel earned. Instead, it will probably be the allies suddenly having a great idea, and the nazis suddenly doing a blind frontal assault with no real plan and stumbling into an unlikely trap. KG is a great writer, and the world building and character development is great, but the plot seems super cheatery.
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