Originally Posted by Hannah Hardy
He was smart, but a complete utter moron too. I thought he was intelligent to an extent, but when you think about it, he just got lucky. He was in the right place (Germany), at the right time (The Depression).
Willingly fighting a multi-front battle is not the mark of a smart man. His rise to power is about the smartest thing he did, but after that he made all the wrong moves. Invading Russia wasn't all that brilliant either.