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  2. Would the US declare way on the Germany first?

    You're missing some context here. First of all, in 1939, the US army had less than 500 tanks in its disposal. That alone should tell you about the readiness at the time. Also, between August 1939 and June 1941, Hitler's Reich and Stalin's USSR were formal allies. And thirdly, Roosevelt gave the shop away in Yalta anyway.
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  6. Wartime Compassion

    I'm developing a television series about compassion in wartime. I'd love to hear everyone's favorite story of compassion and humanity in the otherwise inhumane environment of war. Ideally these are either personal stories of loved ones or not well publicized stories. We're looking for stories from all nations and wars so don't hold back. What story would you like to see in this type of series? Thanks in advance for your feedback.
  7. Thanks for the article. It's ironic that the reason the B-32 wasn't chosen for mass production, even though it out ranged and was faster than the B-29, was lack of pressurization (and therefore lacked high altitude capability) because the B-29 was only effective when employed at low altitude during the fire bombing raids. I'm a bit confused by this line in the article: " The next day, the Japanese were forced to remove the propellers from their planes to avoid another incident in the skies." There's no context; it seems to be added at the end of the paragraph.
  8. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Steady:- I was only trying to give an historical perspective,rather than indulging in more flagellation.
  9. Pacific War

    Then,of course,there was the New Guinea campaign.
  10. Pacific War

    Acccording to the dictates of von Clausewitz, when you're facing two enemies... you concentrate on the most dangerous one first. The Pentagon had decided that Germany's high tech and industrial muscle represented the more dangerous of the two countries with whom the USA was officially at war. Add-in the influence of Hollywood - a truly unreliable source of information. A sheepfarming friend from Maryland assured me with complete sincerity that "The British didn't fight against the Japanese, you know." Which would have come as a surprise to my late father-in-law, who mservied in the "forgotten" XIV Army under Field Marshall Slim. ("Forgotten" because when the Nazis surrendered, so many people decided that THE WAR was now over.) The Brits - and the Indians - mainly fought the Japanese on the Asian mainland, including some vicious set-piece battles involving substantial numbers of casualties. It really wasn't ALL "Island hopping".
  11. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Hey Roman, You may be interested in the following link with reference to the Le Prieur rockets as used in the First World War http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1960
  12. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Thank you for the info, I did not know that.
  13. In my mind it was definitely the launching of Operation Barbarossa. It was a glaring example of blatant disregard for other nation's resources and capabilities by Hitler, who expected the entire thing to be over with in months. Instead, he sent millions of troops into the East to attack one of his allies, causing conflict within the Axis powers and leaving Germany with the problem of facing war on two major fronts, which became a serious problem later on in the war. The attack was also based partly on Hitler's views of the Slavs at the time, seeing them, like just about any other race, as inferior and needing correction.
  14. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Those were radically different types of operations. Luftwaffe was by and large designed as a tactical support air-force, and so it was relatively effective on the continent. The Blitz was a strategic bombing campaign, which Luftwaffe was simply not suited for.
  15. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Add to that the Luftwaffe's only previous experience of the RAF was gained during the Battle of France. That is, an RAF without the game-changing effect of RADAR and the tactical co-ordination it made possible; without significant mechanical improvements to both the Hurricane and Spitfire, and without the significantly improved high octane fuel provided by the USA.Both the RAF and Luftwaffe made inflated claims of the number of "kills" they achieved, but when the battle is being fought over enemy territory, it's the owner of that territory who are in a position to count the number of crashed planes. Not all crashed planes indicate lost crews. RAF pilots who "bailed out" over home territory, if not seriously injured, could plausibly be flying again the next day, in a new plane.Germany's intelligence network in England had effectively been rolled up on day #1 of the way. They had almost no way to verify THEIR inflated claims. At the time of the projected invasion, Germany's estimate of the size of the RAF (a fairly crucial figure!) was nowhere NEAR accurate.Not only was the RAF far from destroyed, new pilots were arriving daily from training schools throughout the Empire, and aircraft production had dramatically increased as well. A situation which amply demonstrates the importance of having adequate intelligence. Germany did NOT have the information that it needed. Moreover they were planning on launching an invasion from hostile territory, with hostile civilians overlooking (and reporting!) their every move. From an intelligence viewpoint, it's the worst of all worlds - you have very little idea of what the enemy is up to, but their friends are passing information about YOU, all the time. And, of course, the "Code school" at Bletchley Park was beginning to decypher messages that Germany imagined to be unreadable to their enemies.
  16. Camp X & X Co., WW2.

    The X Co is based on the Camp X in Canada for the Ovation TV serials. See Camp X on Wikpedia. Must be added to any WW2 Tours alone for the US side. X Co is Masterpiece Action vs Masterpiece. On Ovation at 7 PM Monday PST. 10PM EST.
  17. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    You're absolutely correct. I associate Mitchell with bombers and aircraft carriers. Oddly enough I also associate Jimmy Doolittle with bombers and aircraft carriers. I mixed 'em up. "... the Eighth Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, had implemented a major change in fighter defense of USAAF strategic bomber formations that had bolstered the confidence of U.S. strategic bombing crews. Until that time, Allied bombers avoided contact with the Luftwaffe; now, the Americans used any method that would force the Luftwaffe into combat. Implementing this policy, the United States looked toward Berlin. Raiding the German capital, the USAAF reasoned, would force the Luftwaffe into battle. Consequently, on 4 March, the USSTAF launched the first of several attacks against Berlin.[30] Fierce battles raged and resulted in heavy losses for both sides; 69 B-17s were lost on March 6 but the Luftwaffe lost 160 aircraft. The Allies replaced their losses; the Luftwaffe could not.[31] " Before the surge in numbers of allied long range fighters, it had made sense for the Luftwaffe to switch to twin-engine fighters capable of carrying far heavier armament, (Hitler's personal favourite "bomber destroyer" - the Me 410 - carried cannon up to TWO INCHES (5cm) in calibre!) enabling them to attack the bomber stream from a distance, also with underwing-slung rockets (which made already sluggish aircraft even more sluggish.) It gave good results against bombers, unable to reach beyond the range of a 5" Browning, but seemingly incapable of taking on the likes of he Mustang. Note the 5cm cannon protruding from the nose of this Me410.
  18. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Germany made plans to invade the UK and even starting building barges. However England still had the worlds largest Navy and crossing the 20-30 miles of channel could have proved a disaster for Germany. Hitler counted on having total air supremacy to make it work but that never happened.
  19. Superstitions in teh Military

    I read with interest about superstitions in the military. When I served in Vietnam as a grunt and Company Tunnel Rat, a superstition in our and other Companies was that is very bad luck if someone lost their lighter. I can remember several occasions when the entire platoon stopped while we all searched for a lost cigarette lighter. Don't know why but it was our own little superstition. Bill Braniff former Sergeant, A Co. 2/12th Infantry, 25th ID, Vietnam 1968
  20. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    As Billy Mitchell died in 1936 Ron, I think You'd better check your sources.
  21. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    That sums it up for me, thanks!

    For me it would be the T-34/85, the ultimate WWII version of the T-34.
  23. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Hitler made the same mistake as Napoleon in 1812, operational, underestimating the Russian winter, but for much more stupid reasons as well. It was his obsession with the Aryan "master race idea. The Russians were Slavs and impure, about a few millimetres below the Jews, and the Germans hated them, maybe as much as they hated the Jews. This was fully blown racism. The idiot. If he had left them alone, and invaded the UK, (no need to bother with Dunkirk), what would those soldiers have done anyway when the Germans arrived on there shores? There is a high likelihood that we would all be speaking German today, and maybe Russian, and a bit of Japanese too!

    Okay hi guys, its my first time posting here so I'll be starting muy first topic, WHAT WOULD BE THE WWII's best tank Actually since I love Tiger tanks, I would surely say on my own opinion that the Tiger is good for me, (even though it has lots of problems from engine to weight and etc) I just love its design and a pretty good gun and armor
  25. Which is your favorite USAAF fighter plane?

    Play War Thunder and you could do just that, match them up against a Bf 109 or Fw
  26. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Surely we flogged this pretty much to death a few weeks back, when discussing USAAF strategy after Schweinfurt? The Luftwaffe - despite inflicting huge casualties on the bomber stream - learned that the significant number of ,5" machine guns per American bomber was doing serious damage to the interceptors, so they changed strategy, and switched to slower, slightly heavier, definitely more heavily armour-protected fighters. attacking the bombers head-on, but from further away, using air-to-air missiles which also reduced the fighters' ability to manoeuvre, and their speed. The USAAF ALSO changed strategy, as serious numbers of long-range fighters became available; Billy Mitchell gave orders that untied the fighters from the bombers, and sent them in AHEAD of the bombers, looking to pick a fight with whatever got in the way - and the bombers briefly concentrated on specifically attacking fighter production plants. The interceptors being used by the Luftwaffe, while well developed to attack a relatively slow bomber stream from some distance away, were not well suited to mixing it with far more nimble fighters. Air-to-air missiles, at that time, were larely unsuited to dogfighting.
  27. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    At the risk of being pedantic, the ME-262 was not the first aircraft that carried air-to air missiles. Nieuport scouts in WW1 carried Le Prieur rockets , while Russian Polikarpov I-16s downed Japanese aircraft over Khalkhin Gol in 1939 using RS-82 rockets
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