[Vocabulary] What is the meaning of "compensate" here in this sentence?

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elka021

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Hello Guys, in a documentary called "World at War, episode 19", the narrator said something that I can't find out it's meaning.

He was talking about the final attack of Hitler to "Ardennes" which at first he was wining this battle, and then an American commander talked and said: The morale of the German attacking forces was high and this compensated, in my opinion, for our comparative weakness in weapon and in manpower.

I don't understand the bold part.
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In this case "compensate" = made up for.
The German forces' spirits were high, which made up for their shortage of weapons and men.
 

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In this case "compensate" = made up for.
The German forces' spirits were high, which made up for their shortage of weapons and men.
I agree, but the original had 'our'. not 'their'. It made no sense in that form.
 

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:up: (...unless their morale was so high that they became over-confident). :-?

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