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Let's talk about maps. They help us navigate the physical world. If I want to find my way from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati, a world map will not be of any use. Sure, the map tells me that Cincinnati is generally southwest of me, but I need to know relevant details like highways, bridges, and so forth. But maps can just as easily be too detailed. I could become ...


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Well the japanese atrocities and participation in World War II were the result of centuries of japanese being instructed in European universities, this assistance to European universities was to receive instructions on how to defend the interests of Europe in Japan and create a country for influence over China and the rest of Asia, geopolitically speaking, ...


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Alot of good answers so far but being this is more social science than provable facts, I would like to add a not so pretty point. Please don't shoot the messenger. Americans and Europeans due to racism never viewed the Japanese and other Asians as fellow race members, therefore their acts were never shocking and didn't garner much attention. Much like ...


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The answer is very simple and it's political. I'll avoid being long-winded in this but it has to do with socialism/communism. Even though Nazism and communism are two sides of the same coin (Nazism is national-socialism and communism is international-socialism), we've been brainwashed to believe they are actually the opposite. So, in post world war two, in ...


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The Tripartite Pact explicitly excluded Russia; thus, given the The Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact, it is hard do imagine that Hitler expected a Japanese attack on Russia. Hitler thought that Russia was, for all practical purposes, already defeated; he declared war on the US saying that for all intents and purposes they are already fighting - this just ...


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Unit to unit comparisons are extremely difficult and not particularly useful outside of the actual circumstances of a particular engagement. Red Army units had enormous variation in quality and technology as they quite literally threw everything they had at the Germans - later on in the war the Germans were in much the same position. Undoubtedly there were ...


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I want to compare unit for unit parity, let's say at the platoon or company level. Let's say the equivalent of a German and Soviet armored company approach each other in 1941, 1943 and 1945. Evaluating the equipment in a vacuum is not interesting. To appreciate why the Germans dominated in 1941, why they lost that dominance, and why the T-34 is ...


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"figures vary but it is generally accepted that the Panther cost about 3 times as much as the T-34. For this reason only 6,000 Panthers entered service during the 1943-1945 period compared to 16,000 T-34s in 1943 alone!" Not only did it cost around 3x as much, but it took about 8x as many worker-hours! A very similar design to the Panther, with most of the ...



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