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The currency you posted is from an occupied territory, see the related wikipedia link. If you read carefully, it says: Reichskreditkassen on the bottom, Nazi Germany issued these notes in occupied territories which weren't considered to the Reich's territory. Note that these notes had completely different rules than real Reichsmarks, for example they were ...


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My father was torpedoed off the US east coast by U-653 in May 1942. U-boats were more easily able to cause economic sabotage by sinking ships in US coastal waters than by attacking US ports. U-boats are not equipped to duel with shore batteries. U-boats are very vulnerable because the slightest crack to their pressure hulls will prevent them diving. Their ...


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Here ya go...in case you couldn't find it: http://www.wrightmuseum.org/explore-world-war-ii/the-archive/112-the-day-a-half-ton-of-nazi-uranium-entered-portsmouth-harbor.html


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According to Gannon's book, Operation Drumbeat and a quote from U-123 commander Lieutenant Captain Reinhard Hardegen, from the article Sharkes in the Water, the issue that most deterred U-boats from entering American harbors was that they did not have detailed charts of the harbor and feared running aground. Hardegen said they neither went aground near New ...


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Attacking targets in ports is the least productive way of using your ships for at least two reasons: 1) The damage you do can be easily repaired and 2) the chances of your own ships getting "caught" or sunk are the highest. The Japanese found this out at Pearl Harbor. All but one of the ships that they sunk were raised from the sea and recycled. (Only the ...


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It is because Salzburg was the center of life sciences, or what was formerly called "natural science," in Germany. This includes the study of medicine. Paracelsus settled in Salzburg and this is the city he is associated with. The Association of German Naturalists and Physicians frequently met at Salzburg. There was a famous Lyzeum in Salzburg dedicated to ...


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What the other answers are missing is a clear explanation of why it is dangerous for a sub to enter a harbor. The reason why a sub cannot normally enter a harbor, like Boston Harbor or New York Harbor, is that they are shallow, confined areas. New York Harbor is about 50 feet deep. Boston Harbor is even more shallow, less than 20 feet in many places. It has ...


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I strongly doubt labeling Salzburg as "Stadt der Lebensforschung" was some sort of official honorary title. As far as i see, the only source for this title is an article in the "Salzburger Landeszeitung" (in those times, an austrian national socialist's newspaper; not to be confused with a modern-day government gazette holding the same name) by Eduard Paul ...


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(At least one U boat ventured up into Canadian waters, but there doesn't seem to have been much damage.) The advantage of U-boats was their stealth, but when they were detected then countermeasures could be taken. When attacking a US port, their location would have been easy to narrow down, and there would be massive allied firepower nearby. Far easier, and ...


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Because it would have been suicidal and unproductive. The bulk of the German U-boat fleet barely had enough range for operations in North America at all. They did things like filling water tanks with diesel just to get enough range to hunt convoys. The bigger, less maneuverable Type IX did have better range, but they were also clumsier and more detectable. ...


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Oldcat already answered for the naval aspects. There were also plans to obtain a long-range strategic bomber that would be capable of striking the contiguous United States from Germany. From Wikipedia: The Amerika-Bomber project was an initiative of the German Reichsluftfahrtministerium, to obtain a long-range strategic bomber for the Luftwaffe that ...


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The only ships the Germans could get to the US coast were U-Boats. These had small guns and no armor. A Coast Guard cutter could tear one to pieces. A 50 caliber machine gun hole could make the U-Boat unable to submerge again. So they stayed just outside the port and sunk ships, until the US started convoying and escorting the merchant ships. The sunk ...


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Antisemitism is something that is quite unbelievable for us nowadays You must be living in a cave paradise. Indeed, right after WW2 antisemitism became quite unpopular in Europe, mostly because it was associated with the German aggression, and many peoples and countries suffered from it the atrocious methods of the Nazi genocide appalled "modern ...



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