Often labelled 'the southern strategy' Here's an exerpt from Armchair general mag, Sept 2006. Raeder said; Germany could win a commanding position against the Soviet union without directly attacking the communist giant.He said Germany must occupy French north africa, but the main target had to be suez. After capturing suez, he told hitler German panzers could quickly advance through Palestine and Syria to the Turkish frontier. If we reach that point, Turkey will be in our power. Raeder emphasized, 'The Russian problem will then appear in a different light. It is doubtful an advance against Russia ffrom the north, ( that is from Poland, Baltics & Romania ), will be neccesary. In other words, Raeder had laid out the precise strategy Hitler could have used to win the war. With german forces threatening Soviet oil fields, Russia would be in Germany's power. Britain, forced to use all its strength to hold the home islands while also defending its crown colonial jewel, India, would be rendered impotent.