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  2. 9 points
    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.
  7. 6 points
  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
    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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 5 points
    Anybody up for a BBQ?
  13. 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.
  14. 4 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.
  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.
  26. 3 points
    How about the "Peace for out time" deal in Munich?
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 3 points
    And following on from Joris' remark: "Failure to take Britain out of the war...", the Axis powers' failure to take out Malta. By holding on to Malta, the British navy and air force were able to pretty well control attempts by Germany and Italy to supply and reinforce their armies in North Africa. This in turn pinned down German forces in North Africa - they had to defend themselves against British and Commonwealth forces - and they were stopped at El Alamein from advancing into the Mandate of Palestine and on towards the Caucasus mountains where they cause havoc to Soviet forced and help capture the oil fields around the Caspian Sea. Malta was strategically important out of proportion to its small size. And by the German forces being pinned down in North Africa by Britain and its allies in North Africa, this effective German war machine was prevented from joining the fighting anywhere on the Eastern Front. - I agree also with Philip Whitehouse that Italy's attack on the Balkans hampered Germany's military strength on the Eastern front both in terms of war material and the wastage of time in a 'silly' war that could have been avoided.
  30. 3 points
    He was a general and a Field Marshal and relied on giving tactical orders which meant that he was doing everyone else's jobs and ignoring his own which was supposed to be strategic decisions. He routinely went to the front to meddle because he couldn't help himself which meant that during critical stages of battles no one knew where he was to make those higher level decisions.
  31. 3 points
    Indeed. Why the yanks allowed them to keep face by keeping their god emperor is beyond me. They should have forced a total unconditional surrender like the allies did by carpet bombing german cities. The japs killed thousands at pearl harbour a total unprovoked attack on the USA itself justification enough for total surrender upon american victory let alone the millions of chinese killed and raped.
  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
    I am amazed at all your answers, thank you so much for sharing your stories!
  34. 3 points
    I had experience with russian trucks ZIS 150,151, ZIL 164,157,130,131,German Opel Blitz, Austrian Steur, tank T34, BTR 60,60PB, Chech Praga V3S, German Panzer TIV., machine guns PK, MG 34,42, Assault guns AK 47.Pistols TT, Makarov, Walther.
  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
    I was graduated in officers military school as tank-automotive officer. First trucks which I drove was Opel Bitz and Steur 640. As a commander of platoon I had russian machines and 5 german PAK 38 and PAK 40. I had chance to try rusian and german weapons.The other reason is that my grand father take a part in WWI and my father in WWII. By this reasons I like war history.
  37. 3 points
    Worth remembering that the Brits neither invaded nor conquered India (and that back then, "India" didn't actually exist. Instead - much like Italy and Germany, the geographical space was occupied by a bunch of small princedoms. Some of them traded with British merchants, first for goods, then for services, The Honourable East India Company was the "Haliburton" of its day, providing off-the shelf civil service facilities, tax collection... you name it, they could provide it. Both sides made fortunes from the trading. Basically because the British merchants were far less corrupt, AND rather more efficient. Efficiency is a double edged sword. Leaving valuable assets unexploited is... inefficient. The HEIC sold off surplus stocks of foo, increasing profits thereby... but destroying the Punjab's ability to survive bad weather, and famine. Short term profits can just be TOO tempting.The British government took over from "John Company", which was already a military power in its own right - as providers of Jannisary style mercenary armies to the local princes. The creation of ad hoc "mutual defence" alliances by the bought-in diplomats increased the combined potency of those troops. Not all princedoms approved of the foreigners - the French particularly were very happy to support any who disapproved of British influence. One of Wellington's greatest battles (Assaye) effectively destroyed French influence in India. The Indian "Mutiny" arose because of claims that the paper cartridges with which the Indian soldiers were issued had been sealed with either Pork fat, or Beef fat, rather than the mutton fat with which they were really treated. During that conflict both sides behaved dreadfully. But it might be fair to claim that by the end of the war the British had REconquered India - which was now a country.
  38. 3 points
    It's totally unfashionable to suggest such an idea - probably regarded as racist(!) but... the Japanese historically just don't THINK like Westerners. They remained trapped in a feudal medieval bubble for 220 years until Commodore Perry turned up in 1853, and demanded - at cannon-point - that Japan opened its doors to the world.Make no mistake - as Isaac Newton put it, we "stand on the shoulders of Giants". WE know stuff because others before us discovered it. (I'm sorely tempted to diverge into a discussion of the impact of the Lisbon Earthquake (and the Tsunami that followed it) of 1755 on European thinking. The quake struck on All Saints' Day, when Portugal's churches were packed full of Christian believers... who were crushed when the churches collapsed on top of them, or burned when the candles set fires, or drowned when then Tsunami arrived. It CHANGED how people across Europe saw religion.WHY had god killed so many of his OWN? Previously, .the answer to "Why is the sky blue?" would probably be "Because that's how God likes it!" Not good enough to get religion off the hook after 1775. Now it began to be accepted that The world was a complicated mechanism, like a clock, which God had created, wound it up, and left it ticking.Investigating how it worked was now acceptable. But I'm not going to do that!) The Japanese remained a FEUDAL society - yet also, nominally, a democracy.They genuinely regarded the Emperor as a God.To die for your country and emperor they regarded as not merely a duty, but a great honour. My late father-in-law fought in Burma with the XIV army and captured a Japanese private, who before they could get him back to base had plunged a pencil through his own eye into his brain with fatal results. And it was a "democracy tempered by assassinations". Anyone stupid enough to oppose the rabidly agressive nationalism of the ruling party could expect to be assassinated by an officer cadet.(Which happened several times!) Even when there was nowhere else TO go... surrender was just too alien a concept to the Japanese. Unthinkable - like child molestation is regarded in today's Western societies. The threat of immediate extermination - "one city, one bomb" was what it took to impose a paradigm shift.
  39. 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.
  40. 3 points
  41. 3 points
    T-34's turned the tables at Kursk. After that, the Germans were only going one way. Without it, the war in the West would have been a different ball game.
  42. 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:
  43. 3 points
    Hello, I am a history buff who grew up absorbing brass bands & bagpipe music thanks to my fathers records. My Dad was Royal Engineers from 1935-48 or so, serving in Norway, Iraq, the middle East, Sicily & Anzio & my Grandad was Lancashire Fusiliers from 1905-1919 serving in India & the western front. So with all that no surprise that I have an interest in the military. My own interest is the Victorian British military & I collect British Victorian military rifles (& shoot them).
  44. 3 points
    Thunderbolt by far the most durable and unsurpassed for payload.....
  45. 3 points
    hiya Black Prince. Welcome from Texas. looks as if you have all bases covered intrestwise, enjoy the site and have a great day!
  46. 3 points
    The P-51 made the American long range daylight bombing missions possible which, together with the British bombing at night, destroyed the Nazi war industry. But, without the Spitfire or the Yak to take on the Luftwaffe in the early days of the war, those missions would come far too late (if at all).
  47. 3 points
    Hi folks! I am from the south of England near Portsmouth. I thought I would join the forum firstly because I like talking about history and secondly because I believe I can contribute something meaningful to the site by writing my own articlesand contributing generally. Apart from reading and loving history since childhood I am also a graduate covering subjects such as: - Imperial Japan - France during the reign of Louis XIV - Germany during the Weimar period and the rise and fall of Nazism. - Tsarist Russia and the Revolution - Victorian Britain - American Independence and Rise - Genocide and attrosities - The Crusades - Early Modern Britain - Medieval and Tudor England Really looking forward to learning off other folks too!
  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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