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George Collins

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  1. Would the US declare way on the Germany first?

    You're missing some context here. First of all, in 1939, the US army had less than 500 tanks in its disposal. That alone should tell you about the readiness at the time. Also, between August 1939 and June 1941, Hitler's Reich and Stalin's USSR were formal allies. And thirdly, Roosevelt gave the shop away in Yalta anyway.
  2. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Those were radically different types of operations. Luftwaffe was by and large designed as a tactical support air-force, and so it was relatively effective on the continent. The Blitz was a strategic bombing campaign, which Luftwaffe was simply not suited for.
  3. Museum ships Id love to see

    If you're ever in Charleston, South Carolina, you have 2 must-see sites: Patriot Point with USS Yorktown (aircraft carrier), USS Laffey (destroyer) and USS Clamagore (sub), in addition to Warren Lasch Conservation Center showcasing recovered civil-war-time sub H L Hunley.
  4. What was the most important tank of World War II?

    I'm not sure if everybody is on the same page answering the question. There's a big difference between comparing technical parameters of particular assets and comparing impact of particular assets on the war outcome.
  5. Finns Saved Helsinki from the Bombings of 1944

    I'm not sure that quagmire in Karelia is any better than snow for moving troops and equipment. But attrition was a big problem for the Finns for sure. It's doubtful that they could hold off RKKA for another month or so.
  6. Would we have dropped Atom bomb on Germany?

    Reasons are inferred from circumstances, and circumstances differ in different scenarios by definition. I suspect that it would be very tempting to use the atomic bomb before the D-Day, if the bomb was available and especially if Hitler's whereabouts were at least approximately known. 'Cos you know, the landing in Normandy looks as a sure thing only in hindsight, and it was the "make or break" operation for the Allies.
  7. Would we have dropped Atom bomb on Germany?

    The fire bombing of Dresden was no less horrific than any of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. It's just that atomic bombs were not available for action before the summer of 1945, I don't think.
  8. Finns Saved Helsinki from the Bombings of 1944

    "To invade" does not mean to completely take over or occupy. As soon as a hostile force crosses the border, it basically invades the target country. So, RKKA did invade Finland on November 30, 1939.
  9. Why Nazis Lost the War

    Exactly the point. "Obsolete" is a relative term. Speaking of the Finns, as I mentioned before, they were actually much more effective than Luftwaffe against the Soviet VVS in the air - during both the Winter War and massive Soviet offensive in 1944 - while flying their really obsolete fighters, like Brewsters, for example.
  10. Why Nazis Lost the War

    This is a common misperception picked up from the Soviet propaganda. Just looking at RKKA tanks - by June 1941 of over at least 10 thousand tanks in the theater, over 1.5 thousand were brand new T-34 and KV tanks, the sight of which shocked the Germans in their own words. Wehrmacht invaded with barely 4 thousand tanks, most of which should be qualified as what the Soviets called "obsolete."
  11. Why Nazis Lost the War

    I don't think there should be any geniune doubt about RKKA plans being - at least generally - aggressive in nature. By now it's pretty well documented. As I mentioned before, Mark Solonin uncovered in Russian archives a dozen versions of the high level deployment plan for RKKA troops and assets released between September 1940 and May 1941. All of these versions assume the main offensive thrust from Lvov bulge toward Krakow and Katowice. The "debunkers" have yet to produce an alternative.
  12. Why Nazis Lost the War

    I'm not sure what you mean by capabilities. RKKA was by far a much better equipped force in the summer of 1941. That is before Wehrmacht overrun and seized literally millions of POWs and vast quantities of RKKA assets in the matter of weeks.
  13. Keith Evans

    I don't think that surviving Stalin's purges has anything to do with competence or intellect. For example, Rokossovsky, who had been arrested and tortured before being released and reinstated by pure whim, was unquestionably a more competent general. Zhukov more than any other military commander was responsible for the RKKA collapse in the summer of 1941 in his capacity of the Chief of General Staff. The gist of the Directive written by him in Moscow on June 22, when he apparently realized that Wehrmacht launched the invasion, was expressed in the passage, "I am ordering the troops to blast enemy forces with all their might and means." Really? That must have been very instructive - especially given all the efforts that went into the ciphering, transmitting and deciphering this gem in the midst of a chaotic action.
  14. Hitler's Strategic Mistakes

    Fair enough. Plan Barbarossa called for the establishment of the straight Arkhangelsk-Astrakhan (north-south) line cutting most of the European part of the USSR from its Asian part. Obviously, it was predicated upon the idea that Stalin's regime would fall, should it be accomplished. Perhaps, Stalin would have a hard time hanging on to power if Moscow fell. We know for a fact that the back-up plans were in motion to move the Soviet government to Kuibyshev (aka Samara). We also know that Stalin was very adept to crisis situations, as he dramatically changed the focus of the Soviet propaganda from "the Proletariat of All Countries Unite" to Russian nationalism, with the revived Orthodox Church symbolism and even previously banished Army Officer ranks. All of that took place in the dire for him Fall of 1941.
  15. Hitler's Strategic Mistakes

    Agreed - the divergent three-prone advance into the Soviet territory was probably a poor strategic idea, especially with comparatively small force. However, actions at Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad were very different in nature and timing. Wehrmacht was on the doorsteps of Leningrad the earliest - in early September 1941, in fact - but after the advance halted, no attempt to take the heavily fortified city would be made and the entire Panzer Group 4 would be redeployed to Moscow theater. Then, Wehrmacht missed its chance to take Moscow before RKKA plugged in a hole in their defenses at Mozhaisk in October and drove Wehrmacht back in December. And the next year, Stalingrad bloodbath went on for months literally door-to-door until the Sixth Army would be sacked in January 1943.