In the book Hitler, a world biography of Brendan Simms, it is said that Hitler and Nazi leaders were fascinated by the "power of the anglo-saxon countries". It is also mentionned that this fascination came from the experience of WW1. However, I'm wondering where exactly in WW1 could this fascination come from?
I mean: of course, I know and understand why Hitler would have been impressed by UK and USA:
- Industrial and especially naval power
- Communality of the Anglo-Saxon "race"
- Power of UK and rising power of the USA, with industrial and technical achievements
- A comparative newer Germany and, though challenging, inferior because of the defeat of 1918
But I don't understand in what measure did WW1 specifically demonstrate the success of UK and USA better than the civilian period, before and after the war. Because my understanding is that WW1 showed to contemporaries a better Germany ("German army was not beaten at the front but betrayed and stabbed in the back", which was particularly a nazi propaganda thema) and an efficient France ("France having the best army in 1918" which led to 1940 disillusionment).
USA's achievements in WW1 are low in quantity compared to European nations, and UK's achievements have no "great victories", but mostly attrition battles, on the European front against the Germans (better achievements on the Middle-East front but were they that important in media by the time?). This is more about the Canadian and Australian achieving success at the Vimy ridge and at Villers-Cotteret.
So the question is:
- Were the Nazis really impressed by Anglo-Saxon powers because of what they did in WW1?
- If yes, which events lead them to be fascinated?