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  3. well yeah I know it really picked up during 1943-1944. In 1944 alone they produced 18,900 tanks, more then any other time in the war. But in between they still used almost anything they could get there hands on. Such as during Stalingrad when they used the PPSH and DP-27. But they were still poor guns, with the RPM being far too low ( 550 ) And the Pan magazine was prone to damage, the Bipod could break if not handled carefully. The recoil spring's location near the barrel led also to overheating
  4. Philip Whitehouse

    Jack Churchill

    The best quote I've heard from LT COL John "Mad Jack" Churchill DSO etc ( and I can't ascertain if it was mentioned in article or not ) was: "If it hadn't been for the bloody yanks we could have kept the war going for another ten years !"
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  6. There was an article about Jack Churchill 9th December 2018. https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/jack-churchill-carry-a-sword.html?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=warhistoryonline&utm_content=%5BWar+History+Online%5D+Daily+Dispatches May I add something to the story? After the war Jack Churchill transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders. Last year someone brought some of his artefacts to the Highlander's Museum at Fort George where I volunteer. I was fortunate enough to get photos of his bagpipes and some pictures also the flag that was flown in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Archery Edward Andrews
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  8. Jon M Brown

    What If??? Patton in Korea???

    In the interest of being honest, I have to say up front that I have been critical of some of the "what if" posts that I've read on this forum. My main complaint with respect to such posts is the usually involve making assumptions that are in no way reasonable. So now that I have that out of the way.... What if George S. Patton had not been killed in a car accident in Europe? Would he have gone to Korea at some point? And if he had, could he have secured a victory for the U.N. forces? It's a fascinating hypothetical for a number of reasons. As good a commander as he was, one knock on him was that he didn't have an appreciation for logistics. And in Korea, he likely would have faced issues with logistics that he did not during WWII. Also, he was a hard driving commander, always aggressive and always on the attack. How would that kind of thinking worked in Korea? Especially at times when the U.N. was vulnerable? Anyway, just something to think about, especially for all you "what if" fans out there
  9. Definitely a piece of military history that tends to be forgotten because of the end result of the war. Had the U.N. gone on to push the communists out of Korea entirely, I imagine MacArthur's maneuver at Inchon would be listed among the most significant military operations of all time.
  10. Jon M Brown

    korean War 1950-53

    Ed, I'm a little confused about the wording of you question. Are you trying to say that the Chinese worked toward a stalemate, rather than helping the communist North win??? If that's the case, I have no idea where that information would have come from because under any circumstance I could imagine, there would be nothing for the Chinese to gain. If you are asking about involvement in the war period, there is ample evidence that both the Chinese and Russians were involved in the war. If you are talking about PRIOR to the Chinese crossing the Yalu river, that's a little trickier but there is still no doubt that they assisted the North Koreans. As far as the Russians are concerned, if I'm correct I think they gave them equipment, trained their pilots and then a little later, their pilots actually flew combat missions against the U.N. But I don't think they had any troops on the ground like the Chinese did. If you clarify what it is you want to know, I might be able to either help or point you to where you can find more detailed information.
  11. Maksym Chornyi

    KRAKOW GHETTO TODAY

    KRAKOW GHETTO TODAY I continue a series of articles, devoted to my May-2018 journey to Krakow. In this material, I would like to share all the main sites of the former Krakow ghetto within a solo researched half-a-day walking route, with the history of the places, a brief comment on how it looks today, 100+ photos, even google map with all markings for your own future travel. You feel free to comment, ask me questions, share a link to those interested. https://war-documentary.info/krakow-ghetto-today/
  12. You probably should - but you don't apparently - know that the German arms production really started to accelerate only by 1942 and dropped off only toward the second half of 1944. In particular, assault gun production in 1943 was almost 6 times higher than that in 1941. https://ww2-weapons.com/german-arms-production/
  13. well yeah, by the end of 1942 to the end of the war the Germans and fins used anything they could get there hands on.
  14. But they were. The L/54.6 version was still potent enough to cause US flyers grief in the skies over Hanoi, two-three decades after the end of WW2.
  15. Good enough for the Germans and especially the Finns to use en mass when they captured them.
  16. Imagine thinking the Degtyarev guns are good.
  17. What's most irritating about Steve's piece about T-34 is that he concludes with the "Soviet propaganda" jab, when in fact he goes along with many bits of what the said Soviet propaganda utilized to explain away the catastrophic collapse of RKKA in 1941 - particularly by minimizing and denigrating its enormous superiority in assets. Of course, if you read most of the archived field reports from the first months of the war, you would be mired in the description of countless transmission failures, broken clutches and alike explaining away rapidly melting tank regiments. But then there are these (a piece of memories of S.A.Afanasiev, a private tankman of the 8th tank regiment in the 4th tank division of the 6th mechanized corps): "... In the morning of June 23 we were attacked by German aircrafts. We had the newest tanks, all of them T-34s and KVs. We were hiding in the forest. At that moment our battalion was under command of Captain Rassadnev, but I had not seen him since afternoon of June 23, as we used to scatter in all directions for several times that day...We retreated through roadless forests and swamps, as all the good roads were taken by the Germans. We left Volkovysk, Slonim, Baranovichi… We did not even get in contact with the enemy. I think the panic was generated by the officers themselves. They used to tear off their officer bars in soldiers' sight…We reached Smolensk this way, and the equipment we left there was just numberless! Everybody just fled, with materiel and weaponry (tanks, guns) being abandoned. I can't even tell where the combat took place as there was almost no combat. There was only one night when we had to break through the German landing force on our way; it was near Slonim or Stolbtsy… (165, page 260)" http://www.solonin.org/en/book_june22/12 Steve should probably try to calculate how long "the average T-34 in World War Two lasted" based on accounts like this.
  18. Many recognised authorities rate the T34/85 the very best tank of WW2:-very powerful gun, heavy and well-shaped armour, and an excellent engine and drive-train. What's more, where sheer numbers mattered ,over 53,000 of all models were produced,more than any other tank:- including the Sherman.
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  20. Steve MacGregor writes, "Most early T-34s were not provided with radios. Only the platoon leader’s tank had a radio (approximately one tank in five). Communication during combat was intended to be by flag." Are you writing about June 1941, Steve? Actually, tank radio 71-TK-1 was installed on 3-4 of 10 RKKA tanks of all models by then. And how many Wehrmacht tanks would you say were equipped with radios at the time? I thought so... Next, Steve writes, "According to the Armored Directorate of the Red Army, the average T-34 in World War Two lasted less than 200 kilometers (124 miles) before requiring major repair or overhaul. This means that a T-34 generally needed significant repairs before it had even used its first full tank of diesel!" Wow! But it's not clear how this failure rate is being assessed. It sure looks as the result of that "It wasn’t unknown for Soviet tank brigades to lose anything from 30% – 50% of their T-34s just traveling to the combat area." And how do you know that these were lost due to actual mechanical failures - not because the crews simply abandoned them and deserted? It is estimated that from 1 to 1.5 million RKKA personnel deserted and another from 3 to 4 million were captured as POWs in the first 6 months of the war. If during the same time period RKKA personnel managed to lose 6.3 million pieces of small arms (including some of the most reliable in the world - like Mosin rifle, TT hand-guns and Degtyarev machine-guns), it sure looks like mechanical failures had little to do with that. If - as Steve says - "Taking all these things into account, it seems that the notion of the T-34 as the best tank of World War Two is little more than an enduring piece of Soviet propaganda," is true, so are the accounts of how exactly these thousands of tanks were abandoned in 1941. I doubt that von Kleist's and Guderian's opinion on T-34 that Steve himself quoted here was beat out of them by NKVD agents.
  21. When discussing the AK-47, the author states that in the movie Rambo, the title character wreaks havoc on a town using an AK-47. Uh... no he doesn't. He is actually using an M-60 machine gun that he got out of the back of the deuce and a half truck he stole from a hapless Washington State National Guardsman. Small point, but your comment is inaccurate, nonetheless.
  22. In the article by George Winston dated 1 Dec 2018 titled "Top 10 WW2 Movies" I could not believe his number 10 pick was "Inglorious Bastards" by Quentin Tarantino. This is I hope a joke. I am not saying it was a bad movie but it was a cartoon. Totally unrealistic and well silly in parts. It's an alright movie for what it is a retro rip off of the grind 70's italian war movies. But not a top ten war movie by any stretch. Here are some movies he didn't pick: The Longest Day, Downfall, Dunkirk, Patton, Where Eagles Dare, The Guns of Navarone, Fury, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Twelve O'Clock High, Battle of Britain, or Von Ryan's Express
  23. A recent article by George Winston on Flt. Lieutenant Alastair “Sandy” Gunn. unfortunately suggested that Flt. Lt. Gunn was English by referring to him as one of England's heroes. While I am sure that he was indeed considered a war hero not just in England, but also in the rest of the United Kingdom specifically Scotland where he was born.
  24. The B-58 Hustler was a supersonic bomber, not "hypersonic".  _________________________________ Lucky Patcher 9Apps VidMate
  25. Joris

    Daily newsletter.

    Yeah sorry about that, we had some issues with it but all should be good again now!
  26. klimbo12

    Daily newsletter.

    Started getting it again.
  27. klimbo12

    New Midway movie in production.

    Ok thank you.
  28. Lee Helle

    Why is there a sudden turn to communism?

    when I was a young man Russia promised to bury us. I see no sudden turn to being red, just a slow and steady red cancer that is killing our country
  29. R Leonard

    New Midway movie in production.

    That was my question . . . never answered other than some vague claim to knowledge of Japanese carrier operations, which I also challenged. I can elaborate on his foul ups at Midway, but I wanted to give the OP a chance to present his case.
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