I'm sure Hitler declared war on the USA after the Jap attack on America because Japan declared war on Russia after Germany invaded Russia.
Japan was not, repeat, not, an inconsequential ally of Germany. I have a cousin still aboard the USS Arizona and an uncle KIA on Bougainville. Both Marines that might not agree with your assessment of the quality of the Japs.
The best logistics or weapons don't necessarily dictate the outcome of a war.
I'll see your LOL and raise you one LOL, tell that to those less than 1000 remaining German POW's who invaded Russia. Logistics don't mean squat if you don't have the people power with a will to win. Your probably right about me being an amateur, my meager 3000 combat hours are probably much less than yours. It's da peoples man, da peoples!
Logistics is EVERYTHING and that's where the Nazis and Japanese failed. It's a failure of logistics when you invade a country as expansive as Russia and don't have a mechanized army. The Nazis - once you got past their few Panzer divisions - were a horse draw/marching army. To conquer even western Russia you needed a motorized army. Didn't the Nazis ever pick up a history book? How could they have allowed themselves to caught without any cold weather gear. Hitler believed in the occult. He could have held a seance and asked the ghost of Napoleon about that one. And the Japanese? Their logistics were so bad they were reduced to cannibalism on their island outposts by the end of the war. And how could you go to war to obtain the riches of Southeast Asia and Indonesia, and give absolutely no thought as to how you were going to transport those riches back to Japan - and protect them on the way there. As for you 3000 combat hours obviously you didn't learn shit, if you don't understand the importance of logistics. You're like those Japanese generals who believed that "fighting spirit" was more important than a functioning supply system.
although the U.S. still didn't directly participate for another year.
I miss tbone. That is all.
Hitler was an idiot to invade the Soviet Union, particularly when he had already achieved his European goals (except for England),