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Carlos Ruz

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  1. I was reading the history of one british WWII vet who fought against the japanese in Burma and he said that they hay an evil streak in their behavior (that, talking about civilians and enemies mass murdered, and he said that Germans had that evil streak also). I agree with Ron in this area, there's something mean about the way they behave. Maybe some idea of superiority and the right to impose above the rest... may be.
  2. Being a fan of WWII warbirds, I'd found him the most interesting person to talk with about them. I'll get his books instead. Thanks for sharing.
  3. I read sometime ago one very interesting comparison made by Eric Brown between the Me 109E & F that I found very clever. It states the big differences in the plane's evolution and why it suited better to more fighter pilots. Undoubtly, the man's life is way apart from other pilots and of course he deserves his fame. Thanks for the address.
  4. It's necessary to thank Joris for this question. Have you seen the number of pages of answers so far, some of them explained with good details? For me, that's sharing. Thank you, Joris.
  5. By these days, everything about this most unlucky issue to germans should be of ample knowledge, but my common sense tells me that there's something that was not known on this matter at the time, it was an absolute secret, some very private information supplied to Hitler himself by somebody who has remained unnoticed. May be even it was the right information, only Hitler delayed 2 months to proceed with Barbarossa, perhaps ths delay made all the difference because the German forces couldn´t complete the task before the weather becomes nasty, and you know all the rest.
  6. I must add that I had no relationship with the military, I was related to graphic and tales of war, but my beloved grandfather, the most influential person in my life, was a policeman. He had great admiration for the German people and their armed forces, sometimes he spoke about this. When I started learning about the other side, the atrocities against the untermensch, you can imagine my shock. Later I went to the Chilean Navy Academy to become Merchant Marine Engineer and there learned about the respect and admiration to the German martiality and saw the same throughout South America. You´ve known about nazi people that were protected by Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Chile, no doubt the money paid to them had something to do, but a lot of loyalty had to do with respect and admiration and I could see this a lot of times. It is said that war brings out the best and the worst of men, in the end I stay with the feeling that noble and ordinary fighting men are abused and exploited by their superiors and politicians for purposes that sometimes are not the best.
  7. I'm no expert on military or war lore, but I can use the common sense and I come to this: First, Hitler must have been informed about the amassing forces gathering near the Russian borders. He knew there was an attack coming. That's historical fact. Second, he was winning everywhere. Why not defeat the Russians also? Thid, he was in dire need to secure the oil from the Russians. Fourth, sure he thought that poor, miserable people squeezed from the communist regime would see with certain simpathy to be relieved from this condition, so his armies could fight with certain ease against the Russian armed forces. Fifht, he was a megalomaniac bound to make the mistake of underestimate their enemies. What else?
  8. Since I was a kid, I started reading and making drawings about WWII because there were 3 magazines (or comics) about the war areas (U2, SOS and Trinchera, or Trench). I became very fond of them, and collected every one of them through the years. I noticed the gallantry, sacrifice and efforts of the fighting men and the machines they used. I became most interested of WWII planes, being my favorites The Spitfire, the Mosquito, the Tempest, the Lancaster and B-17 bombers from the Allied side, and the ME-109, FW 190, JU 88 and Me-262 from the German side. Also some other fighter bomber planes in particular stories. But later I became also a fan of war films and began to understand the tragedy behind the war. I think that no war was so special than this: there were the biggest battles known everywhere (exceptin Jutland), as the Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Kursk, D-Day, the biggest deploy of submarines, the biggest and more powerful war ships known, the larger bomber attacks, the technical advances and, of course, the atomic bombs. Never so many million dead people and so much destruction were achieved. From then on nothing was the same when talking about wars.
  9. Some time ago, when I was invited to join the Forum I gave the answer to this question, stating absolutely the same concepts Swea describes here, very nicely squeezed to the bone. My English sometimes is a bit ampulous because it's not the kind you find in daily basis (I'm spanish speaker). I want to say that it's difficult to find more concrete reasons than the exposed, be them power conspiracy, work of spies, global economical reasons with greedy sources, religious reasons and so on. The above stated should be considered the main reasons for the tragedy.
  10. I think that the note about combat in Western Europe refers to air to air fights. Even with escorts, the Stukas were sadly killed by faster fighters (all of them were nearing 400 mph. at least).
  11. Agreed absolutely, that's the source of my opinion of too many questions to be solved beforehand and too many things happening at the same time with no proper head in charge.
  12. This question requires to solve first a lot of priority questions, but in the end there's a complex mixture of reasons, everything happening in a short span of time. In the end we should arrive to the conclusion that the head of all the regime was a megalomaniac that wasn´t able to manage the whole scene, somebody wrapped and bound to use mennacing power, like a new rich spending the money he never had and being uncapable to ask the proper advise from his experts to take the right decisions, and realising too late that letting apart the minor leagues (meaning smaller countries), when fighting for oil fields, he had formidable foes. Nazi Germany's attack in Operation Barbarossa may have been not a complete mistake, because credibles witnesses as H. U. Rudel saw the Russian forces gathering near the border for a massive attack, but the timing for their own attack was wrong, they lost a couple of vital months of campaign and that was the beginning of the end that, making it just a matter of time to be defeated.
  13. 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.
  14. Yamamoto was a wise man. He didn't want to go into a war he had no hope to win. He saw first hand the mighty american industry and the japanese one limitations, but he couldn't go against military and politician ambitions. America made its contribution choking vital supplies and shortening the oil supplies that would severely limited Japan´s expansion. Anyway, he was loyal to the end and must be praised as a very distinguished warrior.
  15. 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.
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