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  1. Why Nazis Lost the War

    I don't think that poor bloke had a lot of time to run down a hill and make calls! A bit like 9/11 really...they probably saw? But didn't truly believe it. Wouldn't have believed such a massive attack was coming. It's always very well in hindsight to ponder these things and make our conclusions...but we're talking humans with human failties & often, it simply boils down to people making incorrect calls at the time. Very interesting indeed.
  2. Why Nazis Lost the War

    Oh...im not saying I don't respect Germans....im married to a German 😊 I've been to Germany several times and have German relatives. But...my relatives lived through it and I've heard accounts first hand from Veterans. Soldiers who were really on the ground. I'd take their word on what they experienced over War historians.
  3. Why Nazis Lost the War

    Yes. Learned this at school. The Americans didn't think thatan attack woukd come in Hawaii.
  4. Ms

    I have many stories my dad told me which I would like to post...where would I post them? Also, the story of my uncles crewmate who survived the loss of their bomber is also very interesting. where is the best place to put this sort of thing and would the group be interested in it? My father told me a lot of interesting information about his wartime experiences before he died. He only died 10 years ago. T
  5. Schedules

    Interesting question! I could have asked my dad this sort of thing but never did...such a pity. Still, I have records of his missions etc and I would think this sort of information could be deduced from reading log books etc. If I ever get into my stash of WW2 memorabilia from dads crew, I'll post again and let you know. I DO know that they didn't go on missions every day...sometimes there were long periods between missions. Days or even weeks sometimes. Not like in the movies at all ;-)
  6. The best Medium Range Bomber

    It's NOT the Wellington anyway! They were traps. They just caught on fire and you had very little time to get out. My uncle died in one of these in 1942. He survived the initial attack, but went to try get his friend out of the front gunner position because the poor buggers were locked in from the outside and couldn't get out. The plane blew up and disintergrated whilst he was trying this.
  7. The best Medium Range Bomber

    Clarify what you mean by Medium range? T
  8. Dirty Dozen , Where Eagles Dare

    wow....sounds facinating...Any more information on this? T
  9. Why Nazis Lost the War

    In any case, I think it was: fighting war on too many fronts. Just couldn't be done. Especially not with the Russians because they just had an unlimited supply of manpower. as my dad used to say ( he was a WW2 veteran) the German personality...both their strength and their weakness. Germans love order and love following orders. They structured their forces very strictly via chain of command. When they were strong and winning? This worked well. But when chips were down? It became a problem. i.e. if their commander was killed? It took too long for them to slot in another commander, it stopped their momentum and regularly gave allies time to regroup. Germans were probably fearful of stepping up? They preferred to take orders rather then give them, overall. They love their structure and their hierarchy. Whereas the allies? Brits and Aussies and Americans? Their commander got killed? The next in command would quickly step up and they'd keep moving. I'm sure you get the crux of it. That's what dad used to say anyway! Some very strange decisions made too...by the Germans. Many have been spoken about here. One of the most perplexing and we'll never know the answer...why they stopped the Battle of Britain when they did? They pretty much had the UK. The British were wrecked, had no more to give. Estimates range from a few days to a few weeks at most. The men were absolutely buggered and would not have been able to go on for much longer....all they had to do was keep it up a few more weeks and they would have had Britain....why did they stop? Who knows? Did they have false intelligence saying that Britain had more resources then they had?
  10. Why Nazis Lost the War

    Just saying, this is all very interesting and I am learning a lot! Thanks, Therese
  11. Ms

    Hello, I am Therese. I'm 50 and Australian. My parents had me very late in life. My father was a WW2 Veteran and my mother lived through it as well. My mothers brother was in 460 Squadron and killed over Germany on May 7th 1942. He was on his 5th bomber mission, his first as Captain of his Wellington bomber. He is buried at Durnbach War Cemetry outside Munich. Most of my family have been to visit there to pay our respects. My father survived. He served in 215 squadron as a Bombadier / Navigator. He joined up to the day, 1 year after Uncle Reg (above) joined up. Most certainly what saved his life. He trained in Canada and then crossed the Atlantic during the awful days of the German U-boats...a miracle there! He wasn't in the UK long and was deployed into 215 Squadron and they flew via the Middle East to India / Bangladesh. He was based in what is now Bangladesh. He served with distinction. Earning a DFC from 2 commendations. One for bombing a Japanese supply ship that the allies had been searching for. Apparently they knew this ship was going to supply Japanese troops and had tracked it for a while, then lost it. Dad was known for NEVER dropping a bomb if he couldn't hit the target. He did not want to kill anyone that he didn't have to. His Captain luckily and crew thought the same, so this day they were on their way "home" carrying ONE bomb. This was a big deal as carrying bombs made the aircraft heavier and it therefore not only used more fuel, but was a bigger target to Zeros as they couldn't fly as fast or maneuver as well. Anyway, dad was looking through his scope and the clouds parted for just a few seconds and he saw the supply ship below! He only got a look at it for a few seconds, but knew the markings and KNEW it was the ship everyone had been looking for. He told his captain, who had to trust him implicitly. They discussed it briefly and the entire crew said "if Fred says it's the X, then we believe him" and they had the ONE bomb. The Captain said "we will only get ONE chance. If we don't hit the target? They will be able to hit us and we'll go down"....They all agreed to take the chance...the pressue must have been immense. Dad would have been 20 years of age at the time! Hard to imagine. Anyway, they broke cover, dived for the ship, it WAS the supply ship and apparently dad managed to drop the bomb perfectly down one of it's middle funnels and blew it to smithereans!!! According to some, this one hit, stopping the supply to the Japanese, had a HUGE effect on the Japanese and certainly helped change things to our side. He was also commended for his good humour, ability to keep morale high and his good nature and leadership in times of high action. He was a great man. He didn't die until a few years ago. He never told us these stories. Mum didn't know until the 1990's and none of us did, what his DFC was for. We eventually found out the story via his crewmates. Most all lived well into their 80s which was wonderful. They were from UK, Australia and NZ. A mixed bag. 215 started as a RAF squadron but became a RAAF squadron, Hence the mixed bag of nationalities. I've always been very interested in WW2 history. Mum lived through it here in Australia. She lived in Brisbane and she drove cars for the Americans:-) She was engaged to an American serviceman who was KIA sadly. She didn't meet dad until 1952. I am the youngest of 6 kids. I think I'm by far the most interested in dads war history and war history in general. I have collected tons of memorabilia from dads mates and I intend, one day, to do something with it. I got the idea in my late 30s and wrote to all dads crewmates. Most were still alive and in decent health and most sent me everything they had and wrote of their recollections of events and their service. It's wonderful material indeed. I have it safely stored and have started on restoration of pictures and typing out the stories etc. It's a massive job and one day, I'll have time to really do something with it all. Cheers, Therese
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