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    Im from Argentina. I can give some real info of what happened. The Interpol heard or had some information that a collector had items which were acquired illegally. The information said that is was on the northern part of Buenos Aires (Capital City). Interpol uses many Argentinian and the Argentinian Police Force. These artifacts were in red alert by the UNESCO. And with an order they got into the house, and found that a secret passage through a library like you see in the video and they made it to the room. In the video it doesn't show, but there's a lupe with a negative photo of Hitler holding it himself. The photo wasn't shared due to the investigation, but it means there was an item held by hitler.
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    Because this is about "Vehicles" rather than a single vehicle, this does make it easier. The DUKW amphibious 2 and a half ton cargo truck. I have ridden in them and being a former supply officer, anything that makes getting material ashore and off of the beach is a treasure. The M4 Sherman tank in its various permutations. The Israelis were using them up through 1973 with 105mm guns firing shaped charge ammunition. The M3 Grant with its mix of armament. I have always thought that the U.S. should have deployed M3s more in the Pacific for the combination of the 75mm HE round and the highly lethal 37mm canister round. And I fully agree with the Churchill Crocodile. They would have been great on Iwo Jima and Okinawa if they had been available. And the Jeep, with its incredible versatility.
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    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:
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    I spent a day at Masada and saw it all first hand. It was an emotional day, both to see the site and artifacts as well as to understand the Roman strategic use of ground and time. Out of it came the mantra"Never more Masada, never more". Makes you better understand the Jewish inflexibility in their approach to their perceived enemies.
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    I was somewhat surprised to learn from WarHistoryOnline that the late Bill Slim hailed originally "from the Black Country" (He DIDN'T move to Birmingham until he was a teenager) He was born in central Bristol, in the parish of St Andrews, and upon being ennobled as a Viscount chose the name "Slim of Burma AND BISHOPSTON" (St Andrews and Bishopston are adjacent areas of Bristol; he was christened in a church in Bishopston.) Clearly, Bill Slim thought of himself as a Bristolian, not as someone from the Birmingham area.
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    Hello From Idaho I am a self professed History Nut! As a genealogist I sometimes get obsessed with delving into family history, not only mine but other people also. This involves wars and their participants. I have written short stories concerning some of this history and done research for a friend who write books about WWII planes and the men who fly them. I would like to be able to contribute to this site from time to time, ( as soon as I figure out how to do it). Thanks for making this possible
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    Thank you Mr Pierce
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    Welcome from Texas!
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    New trailer! Call of Duty®: WWII tells the story of Private Ronald “Red” Daniels, a young recruit in the U.S. First Infantry Division who experiences combat for the first time on D-Day, one of the largest amphibious assaults in history. After surviving the beaches of Normandy, Red and his squad will fight their way
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    Here are three pictures that were taken during the bombing of the bridge at Arnhem. Note that you can see the AA position mentioned in my story at the bottom right of the picture (just above the numbers 54991) When the bridge got hit: After the bridge was destroyed: In early 1945 the Germans destroyed the collapsed span with explosives making sure that it could not be repaired.
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    Nijmegen The final assault on Arnhem begins, the Guards Armoured division attack with number 2 and 4 company of the 3/Irish Guards. They try to take the shortest road to Arnhem, the main road which leads through Elst. At 13:30hrs the attack begins and 47 tanks of the Irish Guards start their attack. Unfortunately, this advance was brought to a stop just 2 miles from the starting line by anti-tank guns and Strurmgeschutz of the 10th SS division. They manage to advance a bit further but come nowhere near Elst, let alone Arnhem. Panzer III tank of Panzer Kompanie Mielke Kampfgruppe Knaust in Oosterhout September 1944 The Germans attack the bridgehead across the Waal from the direction of Oosterhout with infantry supported by (Tiger) tanks. In this attack, Private John Towle earned the Medal of Honor but was killed in the action. Near Beek, on a hill called “Devils Hill” 2 platoons from the 508th PIR, who have been cut off since the 20th continue to hold out against heavy attacks. They were finally relieved on September 24th. Arnhem In Arnhem at the bridge, the fighting seems to be winding down, the northern ramp is effectively in back in German hands, only a few ruins are still in the hands of the paras. This morning there was a short truce when the wounded were evacuated after which the fighting started again in all its brutality. \ A picture of the bridge after it was recaptured by the Germans During the day the Germans mop up the last pockets of resisting Brits at the bridge after which it is immediately put to use by reinforcements sent to block the ground forces in their advance from Nijmegen. The battle for Arnhem is over. Although the fighting at the bridge was savage and lasted continuously for over 3 days and 4 nights the British casualties were relatively light, 81 soldiers out of the 750 defenders died in the fighting at the bridge. In the afternoon a part of the Polish Parachute Brigade land near Driel on their new drop zone K, but a large number of planes turn back to England because of bad weather. The Poles land on a hostile drop zone, the Germans are shooting at them with everything they got but unlike common belief, it was not a bloodbath, very few men actually died during the landing. They immediately head for the ferry which should take them across the Rhine but find it is missing. The ferry master, in fear of the Germans using it against the Brits, had cut the cables allowing the ferry to drift downstream. The Driel ferry site The signallers of the 1st Airborne finally managed to contact XXX Corps, by sheer luck they tune into the radio net of the 64 Medium Regiment. Help could finally be given in the way of artillery support and subsequently, much of the XXX corps ammunition supply is used on targets around the perimeter at Oosterbeek. Eindhoven The 101st Airborne tries to widen the corridor by attacking the Germans near Liemdpe (1/501st) and at Schijndel (3/501st and 502nd PIR). At the same time the German 59th Volksgrenadier division attack from their position near Liempde toward Sint Oedenrode. The 101st quickly disengages and pulls back since they do not have the resources to be dragged into another big fight like the one at Best.
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    Thank you for this interesting article, enjoyed reading it very much!
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    Footage showing the bridges at Grave (0:29) and Nijmegen (1:03)
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    Welcome mate from Portsmouth, England. Try posting your short story again.
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    Germany had only a way to win. Destroy BEF at Dunkirk, then start to maul UK by air attacks till spring 1941. Join forces with Vichy, Italy and Spain. Then invade UK. In this way USA remains too far on the other side of Atlantic and could no interfere. Then Axis could defeat Russia, left alone without support. It's highly probable that USA and Japan will fight for East Indies, India and Birmania.
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    Sadly no such stories from my family but thanks for sharing your stories guys, very interesting!
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    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!
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    I might be able to help here, as I served in HMS Invincible throughout the Falklands War. There are a number of inaccuracies in the article, I didn't have space to correct them all. However, there is one that is worth correcting. HMS Sheffield was hit by an Exocet fired from an Argentinian Navy Etendard. (She was not bombed). She was effectively destroyed by ensuing fires caused mainly by the burning of excess propellant (the missile was fired at short range). This was one of two (not five) Exocet hits during the war, the other was on HMS Glamorgan (which survived the hit, losing about 12 crew). The number of Exocets fired by Argentinian forces during the war is a matter of debate to this day. One last point - nobody in the British Task Force, or to my knowledge in the UK, thought that the war 'confirmed the British Imperial status'. Sorry, that's way off the mark. What the war did was to save the population of the Falklands from occupation by a brutal and corrupt military regime. I have no doubt (and saw evidence) that had we not done so, a large number of Falklanders would have been taken back to Argentina and killed (as had already happened to hundreds of Argentinians). The population in UK considered the war 'just' and 'necessary', and were glad that we had the resolve to do it. It's true to say that it helped the Conservatives win the subsequent General Election, but they were helped by facing a thoroughly inept Labour Party campaign. Hope this helps.
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    During the conflict, the Argies fired 6 Exocets, 5 found their targets and NONE of them went off. All the damage created was by unburned rocket propellant.
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    Two points that might be of interest: 1. The Harrier aircraft used by the U.K. were Sea Harriers owned and flown by the Royal Navy, not the RAF as the article states. 2. The referendum held on the Falklands did result in a 'majority'. However it was an absolutely overwhelming majority. To this day the inhabitants of the Falklands display nearly zero support for any form of Argentinian involvement in the government of the islands.
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    I was flown out of Cambodia by a loach to a field hospital when I was shot in the leg. don't want to be off trim as it tends to slop the stretcher around. helluva ride!
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    An old battlle with never old bravery from our American warriors!
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    Very common for Fascists and Nazis to save relics, in this case an exclusive gallery. The Argentine government knew it was coming in by the ship load. Read up on the Schaumburg-Lippe family and their estancia there.
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    **** "Battle of La Drang Valley"( Nov.14~18,1965),Vietnam War.**** It was first American and N.Vietnamese Battle, during Vietnam War ! US 7th. Reg.(add UH-1 Huey helicopter group) started "Search & Destroy" action and moved to La Drang Valley, CentraL Highland, and received unexpectedly severe fire fighting with preexisting Viet Cong and infiltrated N.Vietnam 30th Div using even RPG.! fighting US troops called additional assistance of troops. US UH-1 helicopter pilot including Capt. Freeman who later received Medal of Honor following 14 times emergency supply ammunitions, water & medical suuply also severe wounded troops. USAF B-52 heavy bombers were used first time since Vietnam War begin ! severe fire fighting stopped after the disappearance of N.Vietnam 30th Div. to Cambodia.
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    A true hero a selfless servant. (Please change the spelling on the email.)
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    Battle Against Algerians In France 1960 - 1962
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    I enjoy reading the your articles about the Medal Of Honor heroes. Have u compiled these stories into a book? If not, can u recommend any books that provide a complete history of the MOH awarded.?
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    True, but then wars back then were not so intensive on a continuous basis. The best estimates of the Napoleonic Wars have a total of 3 million dead, however. Europe's population was considerably smaller around 1800 than in 1900.
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    The following comes from the Intelligence Bulletin Vol. III No. 11 July 1945 by the Military Intelligence Division War Department Washington, D. C. This is a public domain document, free from any copyright. I consider it a highly credible source. The tank the weapons were tested on was the Japanese Type 97 (improved) Medium Tank with the 47mm high velocity gun. The thickest armor was on the turret front at 33 millimeters, with the remainder of the armor ranging from 26 millimeters on the turret sides and rear to 25 to 6 millimeters on the hull. The tank was captured on the island of Luzon in the Philippine Islands. The weapons tested were the standard weapons of a US Army regimental anti-tack company in the Pacific Theater. The European Theater got heavier guns. The .50 Armor-piercing round weighed 710 grains or 46 grams and the muzzle velocity was 2,935 feet per second or 894 meters per second. The rifle grenade mentioned and the 2.36 inch Bazooka round both used shaped charges for penetration. The various bulletins of the Military Intelligence Division of the U.S. War Department are loaded with material like this. The benefits of going over them to military historians and also war-gamers are enormous. I will keep posting some of the goodies.
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    If there hadn’t been a global war for survival taking place, Major David Stirling is the type of British Officer who would have been thrown out of the army, if not court martialed. As fate would have it, this rogue British Officer with a taste for action would found the famed British SAS and leave a legacy for one of the greatest clandestine fighting forces to enter harm’s way. Never mind that he broke into British Middle East Headquarters and ambushed a General with his plans for the SAS to gain approval,forget the fact that he raised the original SAS crew from a band of misfits and soldiers with disciplinary problems, and let’s not mention the fact that he stole half of the gear he needed from fellow Allied units. As the famed military saying goes, gear adrift is a gift, and Major David Stirling was simply one who knew how to open a gift. Without him, there would be no SAS, but thanks to him, enemies of Great Britain have every reason to sleep with one eye open. A Career Almost Over Before it Began David Stirling was born in 1915 to an aristocratic family in Scotland. Stirling would display early on a heart for adventure and a joy for breaking the rules. While in college, he was dismissed for gambling and drinking before deciding that his life’s calling was to train to climb Mount Everest. SAS men on patrol in North Africa. During his training for the climb, World War II broke out and David Stirling decided to join the Scots Guard in 1939. However, this career almost ended early when after a late night out he fell asleep in an officer’s class and was almost thrown out of the military by the instructor. But he would have a fateful rendezvous with this instructor later in the war that would prove remarkably instrumental in creating the British SAS. In 1940, he volunteered for the No. 8 Commando unit and was deployed to North Africa in August 1941. But almost as soon as he arrived, the commando unit was disbanded as many felt the tactics of the unit provided too little a return at too high a cost. But Stirling thought otherwise. He would take it upon himself to create the force to help win the war in the most spectacular manner possible. To say that the British military bureaucracy in 1941 was rigid is an understatement. Stirling knew that the junior class of officers who valued form rather than merit would never approve his idea. As a result, as only a man of his character would do, he broke into the British Middle East headquarters to pitch his plan directly to the high command. David Stirling. When the guards discovered him sneaking in, they gave chase and as a result, he entered the first office he came upon. Unfortunately, the man that occupied that office was none other than the instructor who previously tried to throw him out of the military. The instructor screamed for the guards and in a hurry, Stirling entered the next office he came upon which just so happened to be the deputy commander of the Middle East, General Richie. General Sir Neil Ritchie, shown here in 1944. A Fighter from Beginning to End Although taken aback by Sterling’s unorthodox entry, General Richie read his plan and thought it had merit. Stirling was given the task to raise a force of 60+ men who would fight behind enemy lines and cause maximum damage for minimum cost. To raise such a crew of misfits, Stirling would seek those who were frequently under military discipline but displayed a strong heart for action. He would gather his men, but would still not win any friends with the Middle East Command bureaucracy. And while they attempted to delay the supply of his unit, David Stirling made it his unit’s first mission to steal what they needed to win the war. Famously raiding a New Zealand military camp for everything but the kitchen sink, they established their base and began training on their own. After approval from General Aucheleck, his newly formed Special Air Service was given the task of parachuting behind enemy lines and destroying German aircraft in advance of the British offensive, Operation Crusader. SAS men in Italy, 1944. An unfortunate desert storm would turn this jump into a disaster in which over 40 of his 60 or so men were lost. But turning misfortune into favor, David Stirling realized that utilizing the British long-range desert group that was designated as their Operation Crusader extract was a better method of entry than parachuting. With this newfound method of entry behind enemy lines, David Stirling and his newly formed SAS would wreak havoc on the German and Italian positions in North Africa. By January 1943, Stirling’s men had destroyed over 250 aircraft on the ground as well as many other supply positions and enemy personnel. Through his own initiative and his disdain for the rules of traditional warfare, he proved that a small force of elite warriors could exact a heavy toll on the enemy with little risk to the Allies. Unfortunately, in 1943, these raids behind enemy lines would lead to Stirling’s capture by the Germans. Although he escaped, he was subsequently re-captured by the Italians, who took great delight in the embarrassment this caused to their German allies. In fitting fashion, he made multiple escape attempts that eventually led to him being imprisoned at the escape-proof Colditz Castle for the remainder of the war. Colditz Castle in April of 1945. A Legacy for Future Generations After the war, Stirling’s unconventional tactics and disdain for traditional military culture would see him commit to a variety of private military ventures. But out of his World War II efforts, the modern British SAS were formed where Stirling and his men are simply referred to as, “The Originals.” Had Stirling never broken the rules and thumbed his nose at traditional British military hierarchy, the SAS may have never existed. Statue of David Stirling near Doune, Scotland. Statue by Angela Connor. By Finlay McWalter – CC BY-SA 3.0 Since its inception, the SAS has proved itself as one the most capable military forces in the world, ready to take the fight to the enemy when they least expect it and where they least expect it. It was Stirling himself to who coined the SAS phrase, “Who dares wins.” British General Montgomery would go on to describe Stirling as “mad, simply mad.” But it would take such a demeanor to conduct such missions and while today’s British SAS guard all secrets closely, this is one story they believe should always be told. View the full article
  31. 1 point
    Yes they got paid, not a whole lot but they did, twice a month normally, but when things started going bad on the eastern front sometimes it would be months before they got paid.
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    T34. Sloped armour, good power to weight ratio, low ground pressure ( not bogged down easily), Christie suspension, long service life and cheap. There are negatives, but overall a game changer in WW11.
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    Why Is Wittman always stated as being the top Tank Ace of WW 2??? Like Mr. Petro stated above Kurt Knispel had 168 confirmed (and 195 probable) kills. If those who think Wittman was the greatest tank ace, would only google the subject "Tank Aces of WW 2," they would see Wittman was (at best) the 4th highest scoring ace of WW2. It's always very frustrating to see authors on War History Online make the claim that Michael Wittman was "the greatest tank ace" of WW 2. There is a biography written about Kurt Knispel, but it's in German. When is someone going to translate it into English and publish it here in the States?
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    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.
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    Russian T34. There were better designed tanks such as the Panther and Tiger but these were maintenance intensive. The Germans could not produce enough of them to effect the outcome of the war in Russia. The T34 was basic but rugged. It was almost impervious to all German anti tank weapons apart from the famous 88, also it was produced in huge numbers. One German expert estimated that 5 Russian tanks were destroyed for every German one. However, in the numbers game it would have to be 10 + for every German tank to effect the outcome. Some experts have stated that the Germans should have stuck to an upgraded Panzer Mark IV and produced these in large numbers, rather than waste resources on bigger and better tanks.
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    I think that here are very interesting items to consider. First, the amount of elements made. Second, the time in service. Third, the easier to keep it in service. Fourth, which ones were the lesser destroyed. Last but not least, who won the war and said the last word. I worked with german machinery through all of my life, sometimes more and somettimes less, and I saw always elements where the simplicity was absent. Always was something complex in the display, the use or the spares, but without a doubt something good. That´s why I vote for the Tiger as the best. I don't want to go into arguments, this is my experience with German machinery. None of us was on those fields inside the damn things. The Tigers were far less than the other designs, arrived later and when the Germans were in a defensive mode mostly. Even so, one Tiger was an enemy to be feared and not too many of them were destroyed in one-on-one combats.
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    THEY WERE A ""DEATH TRAP"". SEE BELDON COOPER'S BOOK OF THE SAME NAME. THE GAS MODELS BURNED LIKE RONSON LIGHTERS ANY GERMAN TANK EXCEPT SOME OF THE ONES FROM OTHER NATIONS PRESSED INTO SERVICE BY THE GERMANS COULD DESTROY A SHERMAN. THE SHERMAN COULD NOT TAKE OUT ANY GERMAN MANUFACTURED TANK FRONTALLY. THE PIAT AND 2.5" BAZOOKA AND THE 57 MM A-T GUN WERE ALSO USELESS. WE WON BY OVERWHELMING THE GERMANS WITH NUMBERS AND ARTILLERY. THANK GOD MONTGOMERY KNEW THIS.
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    Fantastic post,during the WWII we losse so many historical houses
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    I vote for the Sherman. a well massed produced tank. and as stated above, different variants on the same frame, different weapons used, and a 5 man crew for all jobs needed. all the cons for the T-34 have been stated and verified. my brother has spoken to a former anti-tank gunner from ww2 while stationed in Germany who may have said it best. the Shermans were like ants at a picnic, there was no getting away from them, no matter how many were killed, more showed up!
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    Amazing story too! Great histories. I have read some of what happened during the occupation of Holland which is very unpleasant and a bit on the quality Dutch resistance and of course Operation Market Garden. I mentioned my granddad on my dad's side dieing before I was born of some rare disease. Well, on medical advice, they told him to move from the north of England (Sheffield) to the south coast where the air is much cleaner (Sheffield was very industrial - particularly steel industry) which he did with my grandmother. They had my father and he met my mum. If he wasn't ill I wouldn't be alive!
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    Stunning stories, thank you very much for sharing. My grandparents (mothers side) lived on a farm (in occupied Holland). They were hiding a Jewish man who survived the war. In another of those weird coincidences. Where those grandparents had their farm was in a low lying polder land. In April 1945, because they could and not for a reason other than revenge, the Germans opened the floodgates and the area flooded. This caused them to give up on farming and move to Amsterdam. That is where my parents met years later.
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    Instead of the Tiger 1 they should have taken the German Panther, is was more than equal to any Allied tank, and only the Sherman Firefly was considered a treath to German tanks
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    Really no contest: Tigers were slow and too few, Sherman's armor and original gun were weak and the T-34 originated sloped armor.
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    Hi I believe the Sherman as equipped was the right choice for the Normandy to Germany campaign fast and adequate firepower. The mods Canadians made by adding cladding of old tracks parts saved a lot of lives. Ed Forsyth 4th DIV
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    Wtf i dont understand this topic so what do you mean important?!. also i dont know why people say that sherman and t 34 most important tanks than tiger 1 tiger equaled 5-10 shermans or t 34 and think again about it T 34 and sherman are cheap and ineffective. They had only one advantage that they were built very large quantity
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    Why wasn't the Panzer Four considered? It saw service from the beginning of WW2 until the very end while the Tiger was around for less than two years. If reputation and firepower are the determinants, then the M-26 Pershing should also have a spot. But, given the choices, the T-34 is the hands down winner fighting from the gates of Moscow to the very heart of Berlin. The T-34 influenced German tank design (The "Panther" is its Teutonic relative) and was used well after WW2 ended throughout the world. The Sherman was a compromise, a successful compromise, but produced in such numbers that its flaws were overshadowed by its quantity. The Tiger was a limited production success that had no influence in how the war was going to end; the T-34 helped bring about that end while the Sherman did its part on the Western Front while the greatest tank battles from 1943 on were taking place on the Eastern Front.
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    interesting side note regarding the Sherman - the initial engine was based on a aircraft engine (Continental radial engine?) which could develop more HP but then the tank tended to brew up quicker on gasoline. the aggressive tactics used by Allied Armor divisions made up for this by just outnumbering the Axis. two variants ran on diesel but not sure if this made them substantially safer. the British modified the Sherman Firefly to take their best AT cannon (17 lb'r or 76.2 mm with APDS shot making it one of the most lethal Shermans in WWII). historically they did this with most equipment they rec'd on LendLease (e.g. the Stuart was called the Honey and used extensively in N Africa). in regards to the T34, Stalingrad was producing them while it was being attacked by the German 6th Army and rolling them out into action as soon as assembled (as well as being ammo'd up). Crews could be raw army recruits or even factory workers. Many of them did not survive long as the Wehrmacht was very efficient about destroying them as they showed up. as stated, the tiger had a certain reputation but could be often taken out of action by flanking. by 1945, there were tanks that could knock out a Tiger but having a 1/2 dozen Shermans roll up behind it at speed did a good job as well. the loss of crews was the worst component of that strategy. all German armor suffered from being overproduced - meaning they were built so technically well and complicated that the factories could not turn out the numbers needed to replace losses. in some circles the Panther is considered superior to the Tiger and then there are the TD lines. The PzIV series was very well implemented tho by 1944, other tanks were being considered for use in other roles. Porsche, Daimler Benz, Rheinmetal Borsig and Krupp all competed to give the Wehrmacht the newest best and biggest tanks each year. total Shermans built in WWII approx - 50,000 units total Tigers built approx - less then 2000 of which almost 1400 were Tiger I's total T34s built - 64,000+ ( largest amount were the T34-85 at almost 1/2 )
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    A short animation of the Arnhem Bridge area:
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    Is it illegal to have Nazi memorabilia in Argentina? Granted this stuff is illegal in Germany and a couple of other European countries but Argentina? I thought Argentina had close ties with many Nazis who fled there after the war? The Police must have raided this property for a different reason and found all this Nazi stuff, I stand to be corrected due to not knowing the full circumstances of the video/raid. Thanks for sharing this video. Very interesting.
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