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    The Nazis lost WW2 because Hitler, (a bloody incompetent corporal), insisted on detailing the specifics of campaigns. While the plans laid down by Wehrmacht's general staff won them France Hitler insisted on letting the British expeditionary force escape when he let Göring take the lead in bombing them. Not only did they botch the plans Luftwaffe had for reducing British defenses when they reordered to bomb cities as petty revenge, but they insisted on a two front war with operation Barbarrossa, nay, a three front war when they went to the aid of Mussolini before Barbarossa. Then there were the grandiose schemes. Building giant guns and giant tanks. While at the same time Hitler stopped the production of assault rifles and jeg fighters. Last but not least, spending logistical resources on cruel and cowardly genocide against civilians. I repeat: Hitler lost the war all by himself.
  3. 8 points
    Dear Pieter, As a symbol (And a fine fighter aircraft), the Spitfire was THE airplane of the "Battle of Britain". It was, however, the less glamorous Hawker Hurricane that accounted for 60% of the German aircraft shot down during the engagement.
  4. 8 points
    Spitfire, without it the Battle of Britain would have been lost.
  5. 7 points
    Why did the Axis lose the war ? Because they got themselves into the ridiculous situation where they were at war with the USSR, the USA, and the British Commonwealth simultaneously.
  6. 6 points
    None of the above. Only one plane sank ships, bombed buildings, shot down planes at night etc. etc. The De Havilland Mosquito.
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  8. 5 points
    Hi all, I think a lot of people out there have (have had) relatives who have been involved in the armed forces. A bit of research can reveal some interesting history. I've only scratched the surface but I know my grandfather on my dads side served in the merchant navy (GB) in World War II supplying the Red Army on the Russian convoy runs known for the u-boat peril and terrible icy conditions as shown below (not my photos): He sadly died before I was born and my dad doesn't really talk about him as "it wasn't a very happy period in my life" in relation to when he died of some rare disease or other in 1960s when he was a teenager. I do know however that he was sunk twice on the run from England to Russia and survived! The chance of survival must have been very slim but to survive being torpedoed and sunk twice in ice cold conditions? One of a very small number I would imagine. I knew my great uncle thankfully and know he followed up the Normandy invasion in "mop up" actions and then served with one of the British tank regiments all the way into Germany. He was a gunner in a Sherman tank (below is again not my image). He wouldn't talk about the war which is very common with British veterans. The exception being he told me when they blew up a truck from a long long way away. He mentioned the Sherman was pretty accurate. He confirmed nobody liked Stuka's and that the Sherman had a habit of setting fire when they were hit. He died back in 2007 sadly. His wife and my great auntie is still alive although sadly has dementia and doesn't remember me anymore or my family. She actually worked at Bletchley Park during the war. The primary site of British code-braking during the war where Alan Turing and his colleagues worked and broke the Enigma code and built the world's first electronic digital programmable computer. Historians believe the work carried out at Bletchley Park shortened the war by 2-4 years. I don't think she was a key player in this but she did work there. I know my great granddad fought at the Somme during world war 1 and my grandma (his daughter - obviously!) has a photo of him in her living room in full army gear. I don't know any more than he survived which is an achievement in itself and that his surname was Franklin. 3 million people fought in the conflict and 1 million were killed or injured in the 5 month blood bath. There were 57,500 casualties on the first day alone. It is one of the most deadly battles of all time and the worst ever for Britain. 485,000 British and 630,000 German sadly died for an inconclusive result. Probably the most left-field story I have is one of my family married a German in the immediate post war and subsequently had children with him. Through my granddad I know he was called Helmut and that he was a successful Stuka pilot and took part in the Battle of Britain and bombed Portsmouth and Southampton and the surrounding airfields and radar stations of Hampshire and Sussex in which I, my family now, and the family he married into then, lived! He lived in the same area and visited the same places where he a few years previously bombed! He used to fly light aircraft over the same areas post war too. He is long dead and my grandad remembers his as "typically German!" Its a funny and surreal image of previous combatants and civilians all in the same room watching television about the war! My grandparents remember watching the dogfights as children. My grandfather himself was in the army in the early fifties I believe or it may have been national service. Being from Britain almost everyone has a relative or other who was involved in the first and/or second war. It is interesting what you can find!
  9. 5 points
    My late uncle John Russell was the TV Lawman. He also co starred in It Takes a Thief as Dover for Robert Wagner Al Mundy charcters Boss. His last movie was 1985 Pale Rider. Was Marine Intelligence officer on Guadalcanal, had malaria. Never told any war accounts when I was younger, Dont know his Unit, etc nothing. Any Marine vet can Help. IE acess Personnel files, Unit files etc for Guadalcanal, 1942. & Lawman is on DVD from Amazon as is It Takes a Thief.
  10. 5 points
    The T-34's sloped armor was a major innovation for its time and had a wide-ranging effect on future tank design, the wide tracks negotiated the terrain it encountered better than most other tanks and the upgraded 85 mm gun kept it relevant throughout the war. It could be built fast and relatively cheap and was produced in great numbers. This tank was the backbone of Russian armored forces from 1941 forward and even today remains in limited front line service in some 3rd world countries. In terms of production, design, innovation and overall impact - the T-34/T34-85 was beyond any doubt the best allied tank of WW II.
  11. 5 points
    My Dad was a B-17 pilot with the 384th BG , Grafton-Underwood,UK. He started flying missions in Nov.1944 and completed 34 missions. He lived to age 92 a retired Doctor. My Dad will always be my hero!
  12. 5 points
    I voted for not abandoning the effort to take Stalingrad, as that refusal cost the Germans too much of what they could not afford to loose, and not just men and equipment on the ground, but also in the air. That was the battle that broke the German back on the Eastern Front. With respect to the Blitz, the Germans never focused on one objective. Where they trying to soften up Southern England for an attempted invasion, where they trying to terrify the English into surrendering, where they trying to destroy the RAF, or where they just attacking for the sake of attacking. One major problem for them was that in daylight raids, they could only attack southeastern England, as the Bf109 was too short of range for anything else. While the night raids did a lot of damage, they could not really damage England's industrial base enough to make a difference. With respect to the Balkans, it boils down to protecting the Rumanian oil fields and refineries. Rumania produced about 25 to 33 per cent of Germany's oil, official sources give that sort of range, and with British Bombers in Greece, they were highly vulnerable once the USSR was attacked with Rumanian help. Taking the Balkans and Crete kept the British Bombers out of range of the refineries. Once the U.S. was in the war and had the long-range B-24 bomber available, that equation changed, as the refineries could be attacked from North Africa. Starting the war in the first place was obviously the biggest mistake, but remember, Britain and France had already signed away Czechoslovakia, so for Hitler to actually believe that they would support Poland was a reasonable doubt. Chamberlain's behavior over the Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia was such that Hitler could view a guarantee to Poland as a meaningless piece of paper. As for Barbarossa. the Russian performance in the Winter War on Finland provided quite a bit of encouragement to the Germans to attack. Against that, the German supply people did not think that they could supply the advances. Reading the postwar staff studies done by the Germans at our request, as well as captured German staff studies and reports shows that the German High Command was not really paying attention to supply for the first two years.
  13. 5 points
    Anybody up for a BBQ?
  14. 4 points
    Two U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, a P-38 Lightning and a P-47 Thunderbolt fly in formation during the 2017 Heritage Flight Training.
  15. 4 points
    My Grandfather was in WW1, the Army. I had 4 uncles in WW2. 3 in the Army, 1 in the Navy, on a destroyer in the Pacific. the ones in the Army were Infantry, Transportation( Red Ball Express ), and one was a waist gunner on a B-17. All were in the European theater. 2 uncles and my father were in the Korean War. 1 uncle in the Navy and the other Uncle was in the Army like my dad. the one in the navy was on a destroyer, the other uncle was Infantry, and my dad was in the Army's navy(his joke, RIP) as an amphibian driver and gunner. and we spent time with him in Japan in 1955. I was 4 at the time. I was exposed to the military and was always interested in the vehicles involved with my dad's work. and then later it was the movies that piqued my interest in history as well. All the war movies and their heroes from all over the world, and I still like a good one. I served in Vietnam with the 11th armored cavalry, my older brother and cousins were also there with Infantry and Airmobile. and my son is in Iraq again, 7th. tour with a couple of side trips to Afghanistan as well. so in answer to the question, I seem to have been born to it, love the books and some trips made to sites while stationed in Germany. and as said before, war history does mold a nations history in between wars.
  16. 4 points
    Firstly I am x Royal Australian Navy. My father and his brother, Brother in Law and Cousins fought in WW2. One of my mother's Cousins was a POW in Chengi. I have relatives who fought in WW1. I have a great uncle who fought in the Boer War. I have Swedish heritage back to the 1500's who were Marine Soldiers. I love the history and have doing my family tree since 1984 so. It is all about history to me. Also to make sure their sacrifices are not forgotton.
  17. 4 points
    Because I was captain in Navy. I always interested in war stories, documentaries, war museums. My grand father had the highest level medal in Turkey's İstiklal war. I read the books of second world war stories. I'm interested in war zone investigator works.
  18. 4 points
    As a child I was living in Germany when war broke out, My farther was in the forces as a officer ( I don`t remeber which branch). My mother was English. My farther must have done something wrong because he was shot for disabaying orders. My mother was sent to a concentration camp and I was sent to Buchenwald, that was March or April 1942. I was there till April 1945, at that time I had typhus so I do not remember the liberation. They moved me away from there to somewhere else, where I stayed till late 1945. when I was sent to Switzerland. I hadn`t spoken for a long time while I was in the camp, and I was still not talking when I got to Switzerland. It was sometime before I heard someone speaking English that they saw I reacted, so they started talking in English. I spent 3 happy years in Switzerland learning how to live again! I came to England in November 1948, to my mother`s brother. The family treated me as their own son. While I was in Buchenwald I was in block 8, and my job was looking after the guard dogs, as they founnd out that I got on to well with the dogs, I was helping with the cleaning out the kennels and feeding the dogs. I spent 8 year in the RAF mainly in Singerpore, first on the Sunderland Flying Boat, then the shackelton. I was on the last mission of the Sunderland DP 198 with ML797 on the 15th of May 1959. I came back from Singerpore the end of May and g Before I retired I was working for Texaco on tankers also calerbrating them for all the UK. I now live in Rhyl with my daughter.
  19. 4 points
    it would be a hard call .. spitty was the best fighter plane i feel but the 109 would have been as well but for the armour plating around the cockpit and the fixed pitch prop it could not perform at its best .. so to the fock wulf .. the mustang was a total was till the poms put the merlin engine in it .. the zero was built to perform and it did that quite well but it could not take hits ... the yak was a bit of a bulldozer of the skies but it was lacking in speed .. my pick rest on 4 planes .. the spit .. the pommy mustang .. the mosguito.. the lightning followed very closely by the tornadoe
  20. 4 points
    I vote for the P-47 Thunderbolt. the Jug had more kills, and by the war's end was flying escort to Berlin and back. also it had bomb racks and was able to bomb targets on the way back to their base. so it went from a fighter plane to a fighter-bomber designation. the jug could also take more damage than the mustang. there were drawbacks that were worked out over the course of the war. the different external fuel tanks provided a variety of ranges for the jug as the mission dictated. improved internal tanks gave it the range needed to escort the B-29 in the Pacific theatre as well.
  21. 4 points
    This morning I attended a wreath laying ceremony with a large group of World War II veterans. The veterans were from the UK, Canada, and the USA and included men who fought at Narvik in 1940 to tank drivers and parachutists who fought in and around Veghel. Here are some pictures that I took during the ceremony which was moved to the city hall because of the weather. School children were present to welcome the veterans: The veterans are seated and waiting for the ceremony to start The mayor of Veghel welcomes the veterans with a short speech: School children assist with the laying of the wreaths, which will be moved to the monument later today. With the formalities over, it was time for the school children to talk to the veterans and hear the stories from the man who fought for their freedom.
  22. 4 points
    Hello there, My name is Bob, but my friends call me, Bob. I am an old soldier. I entered the Army in 1959 and retired in 1982. I served in just about every branch of the Army there is, except the MPs. I went through basic at Fort Ord, CA and was stationed in Germany twice, and both times at the old Kaserne in Babenhausen. I was Vietnam twice. The was there in '65-'66 when I went over with the 14th Trans Bn, but transferred to the 1st Cav Div. I was there again in '68-'69 with the 241st Trans Co. I was in Korea in '78-'79 with the 1st Bn, 9th, 2nd Inf Div. I have served with Infantry, Airborne, Ranger, Transportation, Quartermaster, and Aviation units. I retired out of Fort Benning, GA in March 1982. I may be retired, but I am a soldier at heart.
  23. 4 points
    A couple of years ago, well before we knew there would be a movie made about it, I visited the Dunkirk beaches. There still are two ship wrecks from the evacuation still visible at low tide and we really wanted to see them. They are still visible at low tide but you have to go to Bray-Dunes to see them, which is to the north-east of Dunkirk. HMS Devonia: A pre-war paddle steamer was converted to a minesweeper in 1939. On May 30th, 1940 she was bombed and damaged in such a way that it was unlikely she would make it back to Britain and she was beached. HMS "Crested Eagle: A former paddle steamer was bombed by the Germans while carrying 600 soldiers on May 29th. Set on fire and with around 300 men killed she drifted back to the beach where she still is.
  24. 4 points
    A number of factors should be considered in my opinion. Was the tank STRATEGICALLY influential on the war? Was it reliable in that numbers were available to be on the battlefield when needed? Could it fulfill the main role (in WWII tanks spent most of their time blowing stuff up with HE rounds) of a tank well? Was it available in numbers? The Tiger tank had a powerful gun but was built in small numbers and guzzled gas so greatly it could not stay in a moving battle for long. This tank represented a tactical winner but could not influence the war strategically. The T-34 had a few flaws which took it out of this contest. A four man crew is a major design flaw for this tank and resulted in the destruction of many T-34's as the commander of the tank tried to perform double duty. The USSR needed to field tanks fast and Stalin called for a reduction in time and expense in the manufacture of this tank, resulting in a reduction of quality as well. These two factors, I believe, resulted in the T-34/76 receiving a poorer rating and forcing it into second place in this contest. The Sherman was an extremely reliable tank, easy to service, easy to modify and showed great versatility (numerous other AFV's used the same chasis as did the M4.) Flaws in the tank were not difficult to alter and fix. It moved well, had good visibility, good firepower (remember what tanks spent most of their time doing in this war), good internal layout and could be armed with any number of guns (75mm, 76mm, 17-pdr and 90mm if necessary.) The M4 was used by every ally using armor in the European and Pacific theater and thus represented a tremendous strategic influence in the war. I don't think any tank can boast the credentials of the M4. (This contest should have included a few other tanks, btw.)
  25. 4 points
    To me it is the Sherman tank, it was used by all the Allies and was available in massive numbers.
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  27. 3 points
    How about the "Peace for out time" deal in Munich?
  28. 3 points
    Yew agree with all that. Just wanted to quickly add Hitlers major mistake was indeed not taking Moscow as he diverted central divisions south which led to the battle for Stalingrad which was the turning point in the war where the myth of nazis was destroyed and people realised they could and would be beaten.
  29. 3 points
    The strategic errors that Hitler made during Operation Barbarossa were probably the cost him his attack on the eastern front. Hitler grossly underestimated the total fighting force of the Red Army which could yield 400 divisions when fully mobilised instead of the 200 divisions Hitler had estimated. Another thing he may have not estimated properly was the vastness of the Russian landscape. This actually tired the soldiers and stretched the German supply line to its limit. Hitler's greatest mistake probably was not taking over Moscow before the Russian winter set in during Operation Barbarossa. With the German Army just 200 miles away from Moscow during the summer of 1941, Hitler decided to flank his attack southwards in an attempt to take the industrial cities of Leningrad and Stalingrad instead of going for an all-out attack on the Russian capital. Had he taken over Moscow he would have assumed control of almost all the major communication and transport lines of Russia. Thus Hitler's inability to adapt to the situation cost him Operation Barbarossa and probably the entire war.
  30. 3 points
    My father CSM George DuRante joined the US Navy during WW1 in 1917. At the start of WW 2 he switched to the US Army in which he served til retired medically in 1970, for a career of 53 years. I've been told on good authority that he served longer than any other enlisted man. He and my mom are buried at Arlington,and his tombstone lists-WWI,WW2,Korea,and Vietnam.I served in the Navy,did a tour in Vietnam,then was discharged.
  31. 3 points
    Erich von Manstein.....overall a better strategist and innovator...his failing would be the grand strategic picture.
  32. 3 points
    Attached is one of the most famous recipes of the US Army in World War 2. Interestingly enough, it is a favorite at WW2 veteran reunions. I suspect that it brings back the memories of when they were soldiers. I should add that as my family was not exactly wealthy, I grew up eating this as well, and still like it.
  33. 3 points
    Always have been a history buff. Was born in 1942 and remember my Dad coming home from the war, getting our first home with the government money for all home coming soldiers and the feeling of safety and peace. So with that ingrained in my psyche i have always been fascinated with war history. More so because of the ability as we are told of one man and his gang of criminals to sway a whole country into going back into a world war after only 20 odd years of having started an earlier one. Deeds and stories, true or fiction have been spawned out of WW 2. But most of all mans inability to see right from wrong and let his or her country be taken over my megalomaniacs and be plunged into years of mayhem and death.
  34. 3 points
    I am amazed at all your answers, thank you so much for sharing your stories!
  35. 3 points
    I Am interested in Wars history because it is a major part of history in general. People, civilizations and countries were greatly changed through wars.
  36. 3 points
    Interesting theory, but if you examine what happened when a German fleet attempted to dash the full length of the Channel, West to East (not just the 20 odd miles North to South ) February 12th 1943.The Germans called it "Operation Zerberus". The RAF had been bombing Brest (Where the German fleet was anchored) with enough success to bother the German Navy, who decided they needed to move the ships back closer to home. From Brest to Dover is a LONG WAY. And there's no doubt of where you're going. Your theory seems to be that whether or not the trip was feasible was entirely down to airpower. Reality, in the form of Operation Zerberus suggests otherwise. Tarranto was a different situation; The Italian fleet attempted to escape from their base via a dash through a relatively narrow channel.After one ship sank in that channel, the others were either "fish in a barrel", or tore themselves below the waterline trying to get past the sunken ship.
  37. 3 points
    Argentine Federal Police (PFA) officers confiscated numerous historical artifacts belonging to Nazi Germany and objects of Asian and Egyptian origin in Buenos Aires, Friday, as they conducted a recovery operation dubbed "Near East", footage released last month showed.
  38. 3 points
    Sherman Firefly of me, that arrived early enough in the war to be used in large numbers and had the ability to knock out virtually all German tanks. This just proves the versitality of the Sherman tank that is all to easily regarded as the worst tank of WWII.
  39. 3 points
    While on vacation I was able to make a short visit to the location where the Nazi Party held the infamous Party Rallies, the Zeppelinfeld. The site has changed since the 1930s but no so much as you would expect. After WWII ended the massive swastika on top of the main stage was destroyed in a big explosion and later all the collonades to the left and right of the main building were removed leaving it all looking a bit weird. The US Army used the area for years as a sports-ground but in the 1990s it was returned to the state of Bavaria. Unlike other locations that were built by the Nazi's, this one wasn't torn down but is now under renovation. The only other change that was made was to add a couple of steps to Hitler's balcony, this way you can never stand on his exact location anymore. Anyway, here are the pictures: The door from which Hitler entered the stadium: The steps Hitler walked down and where he stood to watch the spectacle. Note the extra steps that were added after the war. The sheer size of the grand stand is incredible: You can clearly see where the collonade used to be: This is where the "common people" entered the stadium: The other side of the stadium: One last picture for scale: Boom!
  40. 3 points
    Could it be that Hitler tried to take on the Great Bear at the same time he was fighting a war in the West. His general staff consisted of around 9 people while the Pentagon had hundreds to do the planning. They were over whelmed.
  41. 3 points
    I took these pics of a captured Soviet T-34 last year and thought you might find them interesting
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    The DH 98 Mosquito gets my vote. The best night fighter, night intruder and also arguably the worlds first stealth fighter being built almost entirely of wood. Not only was it a superb night fighter however, it was also used as a bomber, night bomber, fighter-bomber, shipping strike and photo recce aircraft, so versatile was it. In a straight fight it could out perform the earlier marks of Spitfire, and hold its own with the later marks (and that with two engines to the Spitfires one!). Until the closing stages of the war the Axis had nothing that could catch it, and even when they did it took superb skill and not a small amount of luck to shoot one down, and bear in mind I am talking about the fighter version here not the bomber version.
  45. 3 points
    One of my favourites: Chieftan. I like a Tiger or Panther too. Also Jagdpanther: Also the absolutely horrific Churchill Crocodile. Germans would surrender before it fired such was the fear factor:
  46. 3 points
    Thunderbolt by far the most durable and unsurpassed for payload.....
  47. 3 points
    According to some WWII aces, there's a lot of different opinions. Some quote the Me-109E or F as better than the Spifire, others put the Mustang P-51 as the best, and others the Yak-3 in the upper level. I like the most the Spitfire, who evolved during war time and kept a high standard, but I understand that the Tempest was better. Anyway, this is a very interesting matter and I hope you guys add your dime to the conversation.
  48. 3 points
    If people are moronic enough not to show the solemn and what is represented in places like this they deserve more than a telling off
  49. 3 points
    I am currently teaching a detailed class on World War 2, where we started several years ago with the events in the 1930s leading up to the German Attack on Poland. I have been studying military history since 1962, and have a degree in history. I have worked at a consultant to various US government agencies, and also worked with Dr. Robert Ballard on locating John F. Kennedy's PT_109 in the Solomon Islands. I must admit that landing on Henderson Field on Guadalcanal was one of the most incredible experiences in my life, along with flying over Iron Bottom Sound and the Slot, and then sailing Vella Gulf and Blackett Strait, and walking on the runway at Munda. My military histories studies go from the Sumerians to the present day. I will admit to being a bit weak on the Eastern Front in World War 2, aside from the various US monographs written by the German for us on Eastern Front warfare, along with Ancient Indian and Chinese warfare. My studies do include naval warfare from the Greek and Roman oared galleys to the present, as well as aerial operations from World War One on forward. Among other bits of data, I have come across a copy of Claire Chennault's paper, The Role of Defensive Pursuit, which I do need to clean up and publish. I suspect that the Air Force Museum and the EAA Museum would be quite interested in selling copies. I view Chennault as possibly are finest aerial tactician ever. He did have his flaws, which I will admit as well.
  50. 3 points

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