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  1. Triumphdave

    Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    The documentaries that I have seen on the Winter-War especially a miniseries produced in Finland but shown on BBC, clearly show the troops wearing Nazi helmets and firing bolt-action Mausers.
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    Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    You are correct about Iraq being tribal. Most people don't realize that Iraq was created by the British after WW1. The country was comprised of 3 main tribes that hated each other and did not want to be a country together. The U.S. made a huge mistake after the Gulf War by not letting the tribes divide the country into 3 parts. Iraq is still a mess today and might yet divide its self.
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    Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    Finland was an ally to Germany and used German weapons in its multiple conflicts with Russia.
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    What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Hindsight is always 20/20 but it's still worth theorizing what could have happened. I have often complained that England and France wasted the period known as (the Phony War) doing very little when they should have been attacking Germany. While Germany was occupied with conquering Poland, Holand & Denmark England should have mounted a naval attack against the shipyards at Hamburg. It was no secret that Germany was building a modern Navy and the Bismark/Turpits battleships were already underway. England's AF was not up to speed yet but a combined; air-land-sea attack could have crippled the German shipyards. This would have also slowed down the U-boat production. This kind of attack would have been costly to England but in the long run, saved a lot of lives. France for its part did make a small incursion into Germany (as a show of force) but then retreated back to their Maginot defence Line. If France had taken and occupied part of the Rhine River they could have stopped all German war material traffic that used the river.
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    What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Both England and France were under treaty obligation to defend Poland, so they had to declare war on Germany when it attacked Poland. England for their part had egg on their face after PM Chamberlin made a big deal out of his worthless (peace in our time) agreement with Hitler. France feared another invasion like WW1 and wanted to get their military defence started. Sadly both England and France would waste the early part of the war (known as the phoney war) doing almost nothing. Germany had time to finish with Poland, overrun Holland & Denmark then resupply before attacking the French & British forces. France had a big military with more and better tanks than Germany but their leadership was poor and they easily overrun.
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    What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Hitler's rise to total power after being in jail is worth paying attention to. Give the people something to hate, promise them everything, and destroy/kill all your opponents in a violent manner.
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    What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    The sinking of the Lusitania was a factor in the U.S. entering WW1, but so was Germany's attempt to ally with Mexico against the U.S.
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    What was the most important tank of World War II?

    I agree with most of the comments on this subject. The Sherman was NOT the most powerful tank in WW2 but it was the most influential. No other tank fought in as many war zones and had as many variations as the Sherman.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Thank you for the info, the model I saw was 4ft long, very detailed and a finished ship. The German people did not want to talk about WW2, so getting any info on the ship just didn't happen. The little info that I gained about the carrier was through the internet, but even that was minimal.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    While I was stationed in Germany, (2001) I came across a large scale model of a Nazi built Aircraft Carrier, in an industrial museum. It turns out they built it late in the war but sank it to keep the Russians from getting it. The Russians were not detoured and raised the ship which was in shallow water. The Russians then used the carrier to move men and material back to Russia after the end of the war.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    There are so many variables in air to air combat that on any given encounter the lesser plane can score a kill.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    The first jet fighter aircraft (ME-262), the British Meteor, and up through the U.S. F-80 would have to be considered First Generation jets. The MIG-15 started a new standard of Jet Fighter abilities and for me that would be classified as second generation Fighters. If somebody has a clear definition of what makes a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th generation fighter, please share.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    I didn't say that the P-51 was best at anything but all together it out scores all the rest. The biggest edge the 51 has is that it was the only Allied fighter that could escort bombers all the way to Berlin and back to England (impact on the war). Read the history of the 51, it's design was simpler and easier to build than any other U.S. built fighter (cost & maintenance). The 51 fought all over both the Pacific and Europe war zones. The 51's speed and maneuverability was almost identical to the Spitfire. The fastest fighter of the war was the ME-262 but it looses out in every other category. I am only speaking about the P-51 after it got the Merlin engine, not the early Allison engine version.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Yes, picking the BEST WW2 Fighter aircraft is difficult but not impossible. Do a chart with these columns; speed & maneuverability, number of units built, maintenance & durability, number of war zones that it was used in, impact on the war. I think that the P-51 comes out on top using this rating method.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    The period known as the (phony war) was the biggest mistake that the Allies made during WW2. Germany had attacked Poland which caused France and England to declare war on Germany. England's military was not up to strength, but France had a large force with more and better tanks than Germany. France actually sent a small force into Germany but retreated quickly. While Germany was busy in Poland and then Scandinavia, France and England should have struck a decisive blow. If France had taken control of the Rhine river and held it, this would have greatly hampered Germany's war effort. England should have been smart enough to mount a major attack on Germany's shipyards during this phony war. Germany was already building U-boats and battleships, which could have been destroyed before extensive defenses were installed. Instead British and French forces sat at the border and waited while Germany prepared to Blitz them.
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