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Jon M Brown

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  1. Jon M Brown

    Stealth-Is It Possible To Defeat?

    I just watched a cool documentary on the Smithsonian channel about the f-22 Raptor. At one point, they state that the plane has about the same radar return as a bumblebee. As impressive as that is, surely no bumblebee flies at the altitudes and at the speed of this plane. So my question is, why is Stealth so effective? Why can't radar's be modified to focus on smaller objects that could not be birds or insects, due to their altitude, heading and speed???
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    The Capitulation of France in WW2

    I'm not sure if it boils down to that but it might very well. At the start of the war, France did indeed have a larger army and more equipment (tanks, artillery) but no one was prepared for the new tactics and the speed of the German movements. As to your question specifically, hopefully one of our better informed members can help.
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    My favorite plane of Gulf War 1

    From everything I've ever seen or read, I have to say this and it has to be the greatest compliment a plane can get. If I were any soldier on the ground, be it infantry or special ops that plane would be my absolute favourite.
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    Please stop using the term "awarded"

    As a writer, I think it's a very valid point. However, I'm not sure how I feel about the term "awarded". If we take into consideration the modern use of the word and it's actual definition, it can easily be taken to mean the actual process of presenting something that is due. In that respect, I don't think it has the quite the same connotation as "win". Having said that, it can be understood to mean the presentation of a "prize" which the original poster is objecting to. I definitely understand and agree with ceasing to use the term "win" when speaking of the Medal of Honor but I think "awarded" might be debatable. Anyone else have any thoughts?
  5. I know I've read about him before but somehow something odd missed my attention. He was sent back (to Germany) after having been relieved and according to the Wikipedia page, he bought a house in Northwest Poland in October of 44. What the hell was he thinking??? Surely by then he knew the war was lost didn't he? I often wonder when certain high ranking officers first realized the war was hopelessly lost and over my years of reading, I've been fascinated to learn that those dates are pretty wide ranging. Some say the day the war began, they knew they were doomed. Others say after the invasion of Russia, some say after the Invasion of France etc. But how could a highly intelligent man such as Von Manstein not know by October'44 that the land his new estate was on would be overrun by Russians soon? I'm wondering if anyone on here has read his memoirs and has any insights.
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    What if....

    George, I appreciate the reply but to be honest, I'm not sure I follow. Insofar as my hypothetical, you're saying that if Germany was knocked out early and the Western allies did then move to drive the Soviets out of Poland, then things would have not gone to plan from Stalin's point of view? Apologies if I've misunderstood.
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    What if....

    I'm not at all a fan of "what ifs" normally but I did happen to wonder something recently that I thought might make an interesting topic. A lesser known aspect about the war was that the French (and British) had a plan for a large scale attack on Germany once hostilities began. And in fact they did move large numbers to the border and in some cases across the border in what is known as "The Saar Offensive". Now obviously it was not carried out in such a way to make a difference. But some top German officers said after the war that had they indeed acted as they planned, the German army could have collapsed within just a couple of weeks! So that brings me to the what if... Germany invades Poland but so do the Soviets don't forget. But this time the French and British do carry out their plans and come across the border in force (40 divisions) and Germany does collapse. But now what? Are the western allies now content to restore half of Poland to their democratic government? Could Germany (without Hitler) now be a part of a coalition to force the Russians out of Poland? Would there have been a large scale second world war in Europe at all? Or would it have taken on a much different look with the main goal being the restoration of Poland? Again, I'm not normally a fan of this sort of thing. But this is something that I can at least see happening (unlike "what if the USA had been an axis nation-for example). And I thought it might make for some interesting discussion.
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    Why Nazis Lost the War

    while this is an interesting topic, I have to say that in my personal opinion there are a dozen reasons why the Nazis lost the war but too many guards at POW camps is not one of them. People often like to ask "what if" but my favorite is this; What would have happened if the Allies had confronted the Germans immediately after the invasion of Poland? People often like to say that the Allies "did nothing" but that's not actually true. Although they did not do enough and they certainly did nothing decisive, In the Saar Offensive (which never actually fully took place) the French moved 30 divisions to the border and across the border in some areas, occupying 12 towns and villages to a depth of about 8km. It's a part of history that is forgotten but it interests me to wonder what might have happened had that offensive been pressed in full strength, according to the initial plan. General Alfred Jodl later said that the only reason why the German military did not collapse in 1939 was that the British and French divisions were completely inactive. Another German general Siegfried Westpahl, said that had the French attacked in force in September (of 1939) the German army could only have "held out for one or two weeks". Now THAT is an interesting possibility! And if that HAD happened and the German's were defeated, what would the Russians have done??? Imagine that! A second world war but this one with the German's knocked out early and the Allies fighting to get the Russians out of Poland!
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    V For victory salute

    I did see that movie George but that is not where I first heard that. I've been trying to recall but it's just not coming back to me. Hopefully someone here will have some info.
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    V For victory salute

    I can't be relied upon as a good source with this. However I did read or hear something once that when he (Churchill) initially came up with it and did so as in the picture (palm facing inward) someone suggested to him that it looked too much like the middle finger salute and so he changed it. But again, I don't know if that's true at all because I can't remember where I saw/heard that.
  11. I got 15/20 and I'm quite pleased with that! That was quite difficult and in all honesty, I must admit I guessed at 2 or 3 that I got right. One of the questions I guessed right was the one about who volunteered to be imprisoned at Auschwitch. I had a feeling it was going to be a Polish person. I had heard some amazing stories about their bravery.
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    My top 6 films

    Wow...great topic, here are some off the top of my head... 1. Patton 2. The Great Escape 3. Band of Brothers (not a film but Joris listed it, so can I) 4. Torra Torra Torra 5. A Bridge Too Far 6. The Bridge on the River Kwai
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    Well I guess I'm putting myself at the front of the room for the class to throw things at here lol. But I really, REALLY did not like this film at all. It's been a while since I've seen it now, as I think I went around Christmas time and it's now the end of March. But my complaints were quite numerous, not the least of which was the film seemed to want to go out of it's way to paint soldiers as dumb and pretty mean spirited. The two examples that stand out to me were the French "infiltrator" and that group taking refuge in the boat. I mean come on, these guys spend how many hours/days together and NO ONE notices that this one guy NEVER speaks one word???? And I don't know about anyone else, but those would have to have been about the worst trained soldiers ever to have gone into that boat without any way to monitor what was happening around them, or posting a look out. I didn't think the film did a very good job of building up to the big moment. I think some stirring scenes of the fleet being put together could have helped. Again, it's been too long since I've seen it but I really didn't like it at all.
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    "Churchill" (2017)

    I too was pretty disappointed with that film and for many of the same reasons. I am certain that Churchill in the depths of his heart was deeply worried about the consequences of a failed landing, that only makes sense. But to focus on that doesn't make much sense to me.
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    What was the most important tank of World War II?

    I am really torn between the Sherman and the T-34. The question is which is the most "important" meaning (imo) which most influenced the outcome of the war? And to me that has to be the T-34. Some have correctly pointed out that the Sherman was the better tank (between it and the T-34) and that is often forgotten. But Soviet Russia's ability to mass formations of T-34's was absolutely critical to their turning the tide and then swarming and pushing the German's into perpetual retreat. The German's had some excellent designs but the engineering was ahead of their ability to produce reliable machines. The Tiger is an excellent example. This tank essentially had the same engine as a Panther, despite the fact it was more than 10 tonnes heavier! Even had the Panther and Tiger (and King Tiger) preformed well, there would never have been enough of them to overcome the massive numerical deficit.