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Philip Whitehouse

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    The most impressive weapons of war

    A big call. Obviously, almost all "big weapons of war" are out there in the "main history books", and,of course,It depends what history books you have read. Still, if you are referring to items which might be thought to have been overlooked in the popular estimation as being crucial to the war effort (WW2, that is) I would nominate the Studebaker 2 1/2 ton 6 x 6 "deuce and a half" truck.
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    Forgotten battles in history

    That's a very broad brief. Do have any particular conflicts or theatres in mind ?
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    Amidst the otherwise interesting article about the Sopwith Camel there is a picture captioned "British troops fleeing from Dunkirk". The relevence escapes me.
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    You started it ,mate, and took the trouble to post. Now try and back-up your assertions.
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    How could you possibly know what my "mindset" is ? Are you going to have a conversation or haven't you got what it takes ?
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    Where to begin ? Tobruk, for example. Are you aware of the career of Lt-GEN Sir Leslie "Ming the Merciless" Morshead ? An Australian General, commanded at Tobruk - and knighted. Your critique of Montgomery shows how little you know of the man. He was critically wounded in WW1- a young officer leading from the front. Actually,in his career, he saw more real combat than Patton. (By the way he wasn't "knighted by the Queen", but by her father George VI.) But "Robert Montgomery"? Perhaps you should read more.
  7. A stunning re-creation and totally moving. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74h-o8dFU8E
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    Germany in WW I

    Taking the year 1918 in isolation: while the early German offensives achieved initial tactical success, the offensives,taken together ,were a strategic failure: once the breakthrough had been achieved the advancing forces had little logistical support.This is particularly true in that they were advancing across land devastated by four years of war, made worse by the Germans own "scorched earth" policy following their earlier withdrawal to the Hindenberg Line.Thus, they were quite unable to keep-up the flow of ammunition,food etc needed by their advancing forces to enable consolidation and seperation of the British and French forces . (It's always logistics !) Also there was a lack of essential fire support;- once the initial break-through was achieved. the fast-moving infantry outran their artillery. The net result was that the British and French were able to move reserves into the gap and destroy the German momentum.
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    Today's Post---myths of WW2

    I'm being unpleasant ? Never mind, life's too short to deal with paranoia. Enough. As to myths ,one persistent myth which seems to surface periodically is the Shingle Street "Invasion". Shingle Street is a small town in Suffolk where, rumour has it, the Germans actually invaded-and were repulsed- in 1940. Whether it was a full scale "Sea Lion""-type attempt or a Dieppe-style raid has never been made clear, but it's certainly odd that such a myth should persist. Another myth, on a grander scale, was the supposed Japanese plan to invade Australia and occupy in 1942. It would appear that this rumour was actually encouraged by the authorities to stimulate a sense of urgency among the population at large. Plans were allegedly drawn-up to defend the populated South-Eastern corner of Australia from what is known as "The Brisbane Line",whereby the rest of the continent was to be abandoned to the advancing Japanese. In actual fact, the Japanese forces would have been vastly-over-extended and Australia,anyway, was never envisaged to become part of the "Co-Prosperity Sphere". True, Darwin was heavily bombed (to a greater extent than Pearl Harbor) and a Japanese midget submarine penetrated Sydney Harbour but as to an invasion and occupation: it would never have happened.
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    Today's Post---myths of WW2

    What snide remarks might they be ? Your Dad worked in Birminghan during the war: it was a statement of fact. You made it. (As it happens my mother worked also in Birmingham during the war, engaged on semi-secret work Bakelite Ltd , but it's hardly relevent, is it ?) Your strange personal attack on me was,frankly, outside my experience, and I was surmising as to what might have motivated it.
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    Today's Post---myths of WW2

    There's really no need to become all hostile and defensive.Why you think me, somehow, spiteful or motivated by malice is a mystery. Possibly you may be thinking of somebody else ? I made the observation as to why Hitler might (or might not) have performed his dance in all good faith and it's a shame that you thought it irrelevent. Oh- and here's wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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    Today's Post---myths of WW2

    If you are referring to my posting, it's not unconnected, I think. There was nothing mythical about the Nazi triumph in 1940, which would,perhaps, justify Hitler's impromptu jig. It's surely more relevant than the news about your Dad working for a company in Birmingham.
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    Today's Post---myths of WW2

    Propaganda or not, one can see why Hitler was elated: in four weeks he and his generals had succeeded in doing what the Kaiser's generals couldn't manage in four years.
  14. Surely the T-34/85 rectified all of the short-comings of the earlier model: a better gun, a larger turret, (allowing another crew member) thicker armour, and (at last!) radios. Compared to (say) the Sherman, it had: a lower silhouette, far better gun,better armour -and sloping- fast and reliable. It might be argued that the T34/85 was a game-changer in that it introduced the concept of the Main Battle Tank (MBT), one platform that did it all, replacing Light ,medium and heavy tanks in a single vehicle.
  15. Are we not straying from the thread a little ? The proposition concerned whether the best tank in WW2 was the T-34 or not. I would content it was- as would a lot of people- but we seem to be debating the properties of an MG.
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    Jack Churchill

    The best quote I've heard from LT COL John "Mad Jack" Churchill DSO etc ( and I can't ascertain if it was mentioned in article or not ) was: "If it hadn't been for the bloody yanks we could have kept the war going for another ten years !"
  17. But they were. The L/54.6 version was still potent enough to cause US flyers grief in the skies over Hanoi, two-three decades after the end of WW2.
  18. Many recognised authorities rate the T34/85 the very best tank of WW2:-very powerful gun, heavy and well-shaped armour, and an excellent engine and drive-train. What's more, where sheer numbers mattered ,over 53,000 of all models were produced,more than any other tank:- including the Sherman.
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    Not a "castigation" surely, just a reminder. When studying for my degrees in Modern History you can be sure I was well-and-truly castigated for smaller lapses than yours: on a regular basis. So it was hammered into me that precision is everything. It's regrettable that you find such correction objectionable. Please accept it in the spirit it was given.
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    What's with the axe grinding ? I'm only telling it as it is. Don't the think your Grandfather's memoirs deserve the utmost respect ? And you don't need to hold a seance to discover the details of his participation Actually the Mesopotamian Campaign 1915-1918 ("Mespot" to the British Army) is of abiding interest, and it's generally overlooked compared with (say) the Syrian and Gallipoli campaigns Townshend's advance up the Tigris, the seige and shattering defeat at Kut-el-Amara , General Maude's eventual capture of Baghdad on 10 March,1917, and so it goes.
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    A minor issue ? sorry, but it isn't, and it's just not a matter of "picking faults". Surely the recording and reporting of history is a DISCIPLINE. and if the very name of the theatre is incorrect how much confidence can be placed in the legitimacy of the rest of the material ?
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    Well, for a start, isn't the name of the place Mesopotamia ?
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    I ,for one, would find it of great interest, thank you. (but please check your spelling first).
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    Commemorating The Centenary and a History of Whistles

    A most interesting posting. For those interested in trench Warfare on the Western Front, the significance of the Acme Whistle is readily apparant.