The Allied swoops had knocked the Axis off balance:
> Hitler cannot soon replace his losses in Egypt and Libya; he may not even try. Of 500 tanks on the Alamein front, Rommel had probably rescued fewer than 50. His casualties already exceeded 75,000 men and the whole Afrika Korps faced extinction.
>At week's end the Russians held the initiative all along the Eastern Front from Leningrad to the Caucasus. Around Stalingrad the chilled and unhappy Germans were backing up before a sudden Russian offensive.
>Hitler's dilemma in Yugoslavia, Greece, Rumania and Middle...