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It is a persistent rumour that the practice of swinging in the United States originated with air force pilots during the Second World War. One widely circulated version of the story states that: As far as anyone knows, swinging (as this community exists today, in the United States) had its roots within an elite group of U.S. Air Force fighter pilots ...


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Signing the pact with Germany by Yugoslavia didn't take an easy path. It took months of negotiations and tweaking which finally ended up on March 25th, 1941 when the treaty was signed. Only two days later, well-known March 27th took place overthrowing the regent Pavle and bringing 17 year old King Peter to reign, at least formally. British intelligence had a ...


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I'm in possession of original WW2 British documents concerning chemical warfare , those papers concern mainly experiments conducted in Hendon , decontamination detection and so on . It appears that Home security was quiet unaware of german nerve gas. A secret note does mention captured german ammunition describing one that could have been Tabun the chemical ...


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I believe that the underlying intention of the High command was never to close the kursk salient with 2 pincers. This has been lauded as gospel for ages and ages and stands in the way of Mansteins thinking. I believe that the Soviet High command make a key strategic error when they positioned the bulk of their armour too close to the Northern pincer. The ...


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Although the Soviet propagandist film "Alexander Parkhomenko" issued in 1942 is setted during the World War I, a German officer of the Keiser's army in the film expresses some similar ideas. For instance, he says that inevitably the people will starve on the occupied territory, but this is not bad, because Germany does not need the population, but rather ...


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According to a different set of GDP estimates (which are PPP-adjusted to facilitate cross-national comparisons), Japan's economy is roughly in proportion to @TomAu's estimates of Japan's martial contributions. For example Tom estimates that Japan contributed more to the war effort than Italy. In every year of the war, Wikipedia estimates that Japan had a ...


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The British Rulers of India were basically racist people. There existed hoaxes and pseudo-ethnologies. They had based the recruitments to their forces explicitly from these group of people. The Wikipedia article illustrates quite wholly the concept that existed at that time. The doctrine of 'martial races' postulated that the qualities that make a useful ...


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Sweden supplied war materials, especially ball bearings to both sides, why didn't Hitler declare war and cripple the Allies mechanized forces ? The day Hitler declared war on other Aryans to uphold a unworthy non Aryan ally like Japan, he wrote Germanys epitaph of doom.


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Sikhs from the Punjab and Nepalese Gurkha's were purposely recruited into the British army because these two regions were the hardest to conquer during the British Conquest. References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhs_in_the_British_Indian_Army https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Gurkha


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The production rate could have been about three a month according to the transcript of the telephone conversation between Gen Hull and Col Seeman on the Nuclear Secrecy Blog


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Based only on the terms in the question, I can conclude that High Explosive shells are less effective at piercing armor, such as that found on battleships. Wikipedia confirms this An armor-piercing (AP) shell is a type of ammunition designed to penetrate armor. From the 1860s to 1950s, a major application of armor-piercing projectiles was to defeat the ...


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In short, politics. The Flensburg Government (Doenitz's German government) wanted to surrender to the Western allies (the United States and United Kingdom) rather than the Allies as a whole, primarily because of the Soviet reputation for how they (mis)treated prisoners. To this end, Admiral Friedeburg was sent to Field Marshal Montgomery's headquarters. ...



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