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It is a mere reflection of the lingering doubts still retained by these non-scientific personnel about the veracity of the science; that somehow the scientists had pulled a fast one on everybody and it was all a big joke. If that had happened there would no doubt have been charges of fraud, and possibly treason. No scientist working on the project had the ...


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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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It all started with North American P-51 Mustang which had sufficient range to escort US bombers in daytime raids: General James Doolittle told the fighters in early 1944 to stop flying in formation with the bombers and instead attack the Luftwaffe wherever it could be found. The Mustang groups were sent in well before the bombers in a "fighter ...


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A couple modern authors note that his politics were a strain on his career, such as this passage from Fighting Elites: A History of U.S. Special Forces by John C. Fredriksen (p101): His seemingly procommunist sympathies resulted in trouble with superiors, but following American entry into World War II, Carlson was allowed to command the elite 2nd ...


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In France they called it "The Great War" (La Grande Guerre), pacifist veterans called it "La der' des der'" (The Last of the Last (Wars)). In England it was called the World War, or the Great War. I think the German diplomats were the first to call it a World War (Weltkrieg), before it even began. I don't know of any other names for it in German. i know ...


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It was a figure of speech. What Stimson was saying that if the Manhattan Project had been a $2 billion "dud," most people would have considered that "criminal." And looking for scapegoats to blame, such as himself and General Groves. "Incarceration" was probably putting too strongly, but they would likely have been "pilloried" by public opinion.


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It is absolutely ridiculous. By the end of the war in 1945, the Free French army alone had almost one and half million men, making it the fourth largest Allied army in Europe. The maximum strength of the 33rd Waffen-SS Division Charlemagne was 7000-8000 soon after it was raised from different volunteer outfits in 1944, and the grand total of French ...



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