No one can dispute that the Russians were shocked by Hitler's invasion and took a long time to organize a counter-offensive. But once the Soviet machinery ground into action, there was little that Hitler was able to do. His opportunity to take Russia lay in surprise and a strike attack (Davies, 203). When this finally failed at Stalingrad, the war for Germany turned dramatically. The loss of the Sixth Army and the incompetence that led to it, began to sour the German people on the Nazis. Morale dropped dramatically. The Western Front was a minor skirmish compared to the Eastern Front. Even if war in the West was resolved, it is very unlikely that Hitler would have been able to defeat the Soviets following Stalingrad.