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They didn't end up in any one particular place. In more recent decades, discovered skulls are generally returned to Japan, or disposed of in various ways (lack of identification). Certainly at least some would have been gotten rid of (through burial or otherwise) since WW2 was still ongoing. American authorities did not officially approve of the practise. ...


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The build up of the US army from a small, backwards, underfunded, isolationist peace-time army in 1939 to a six million person world conquering colossus in 1945 is one of the under-appreciated triumphs of WWII. Much can be attributed to the cadre of professional, forward thinking officers like George Marshall the US maintained. When it comes to tanks, it ...


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Concerning your first question - the extent of Einsatzkommando Tunis' actions and evidence for it: The rules governing their actions were effectively identical to the rules for the Einsatzgruppen in the Soviet Union p. 138, Mallman and Cüppers. There was a meeting between Rauff and the Wehrmacht where they agreed to use Jewish forced laborers to fortify ...


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…actually, yes, the bone fields are still there. Especially around the Pitmonik Airfield, where balkas--eroded river banks--aren't plowed like the fields around them, and are littered with bones. I can show photos. I was there. There are still bones everywhere. You just have to slow down and look. Still, as of 1996, the Germans were allowed in to begin the ...


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First, I think the United Nations is a barely functioning body, diplomatically. It serves many worthy causes in some of its agencies, such as the World Health Organization and the World Food Program, but for its main stated purpose it isn't much of a factor. However, the UN is sort of an arbiter of last resort for the smaller powers, because its decisions ...


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There could be multiple perspectives to looking at this, but in my opinion its the following three factors: Economic Progress and Globalization: Since WW2, most countries have been so busy in rebuilding their Economies or sustaining Growth and Development, that war never got a priority that it once used to get (like during the 1800-1900 era). Especially ...


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This questions "asks a negative" so it is impossible to answer with absolute certainty, but I would highly doubt there was any hesitation among the air crews. The B-29 crews were all elite crews who were highly expert and highly committed to the war effort. These men had already been fire bombing Tokyo and cities in Okinawa, so I doubt they had any qualms ...


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Contrary to Tyler Durdens Answer there were reparations after WW2. There were several agreements that covered this, the one relevant to your question is the Potsdamer Agreement. As per Wikipedias breakdown if the protocol: Reparations from Germany. This section covered reparation claims of the USSR from the Soviet occupation zone in Germany. The ...


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There were large pockets of organized resistance in 1940, but they surrendered when their governments did. For the few governments who kept fighting, they had plenty of holdouts. The Axis powers did not surrender until 1945 when almost completely overrun, and they ordered their armies to keep fighting to the last. Many Allied powers surrendered, or were ...


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In addition to the excellent answers, German inter-war tank designs had two technical advantages: turret layout and radios. The Panzer I and Panzer II both had the commander also operating the gun. The Germans learned that being a tank commander was a full time job: commanding the tank, scanning for targets, listening to the command radio network. With ...


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The role of the United Nations changed significantly. The League of Nations was a rather shoddy attempt, that honestly only had one working goal: war reparations. It failed because it both didn't have the backing of nations interested in aiding it, and because it was a fairly lost cause to begin with. The United Nations, though, has existed because 1) it ...


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The loss of HMS Manchester (11,930 tons full load displacement), from the Wikipedia article of the Manchester: Sinking Manchester took part in Operation Pedestal, an operation to supply the besieged island of Malta, and which cost a number of warships, including the carrier HMS Eagle. During the operation, on 13 August, she was torpedoed and ...


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First, Barbarossa was not a unmitigated success; while the territorial gains and Soviet losses were impressive: The German plan counted on the Soviet Army collapsing in the first month of war, because they did not have logistics to keep fighting so far from their bases. In fact, in december 1941 the Russians were able to push the Germans back in Moscow. ...


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Yes,the Red Army would have continued fighting without Baku oil. Germany could not have extracted much Baku oil - they could never have shipped it to the Reich. But they could have use demolitions and wrecked the Baku oilfields for years. But the Russians had plenty of alternative sources. Under any set of facts, the Russians had an almost unlimited source ...


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I've done some basic looking around and found, as you did, that numbers on this are not easy to come by. I suspect you will never find an accurate version of the numbers you want for two reasons: German-Americans often did not advertise their Germanness during the world wars, for reasons that are easy to understand. Thus any official records probably ...


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There's clips on YouTube of the Pitmonik taken by tourists over the past few years. In them you'll see small remnants of mines, but no human remains. This isn't to say that there aren't any remains, but I was envisioning vast fields of bones from the way Dan described them in the podcast.


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Hitler was not particularly patronizing, but he definitely supported people he liked from his early life. For example, as a young man he reportedly had an affair with a French girl named Charlotte Lobjoie by whom he had a son, and she told her son that Hitler always sent her money. Hitler was kind of a loner, so he didn't have many friends when he was ...



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