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Wargamer and accidental military history enthusiast!


Nov
4
comment Has anyone scanned ancient structures with x-rays or similar? And if so, were any major discoveries made by doing so?
Have a look at just about any episode of BBC's Time Team to see good examples of geophysics in action on an archaeological dig.
Jun
22
comment Why did Hitler not concentrate more on North Africa?
Yes, precisely. Instead of aggressively trying to advance their position along the coast, putting the army in a vulnerable position supply wise, he would have been better off husbanding his forces more carefully closer to his supply source, and making quick, vicious counter attacks against anyone getting too close (and far from their supply source) followed by withdrawal and re-supply. He could have done a lot of damage for little cost, instead of his wasteful campaigns chasing the mirage of Alexandria.
Jun
20
comment Why did Hitler not concentrate more on North Africa?
I have heard opinions that Rommel, for all his affinity for desert warfare, was a poor choice for the command of the Axis forces: he was far too aggressive when what was required was a harrassing, defensive operation that didn't stretch the supply lines so much.
May
21
comment In current times is it impossible to win a war if the people of invaded country are determined not to lose?
I have to ask: what aspect of the wording do you disagree strongly with? I must admit I was being deliberately provocative with the 'impossible' bit, and 'conquer' does seem rather archaic these days (a telling change!), but if you agree with the rest I would have thought it only mildly disagreeable, at worst…
May
2
comment What Was the State of German Tank Design In Between the World Wars?
Note that Panzer Is and IIs were still used in large numbers during the fall of France, and, along with similar Czech tanks, even during the early parts of the invasion of Russia. The few IIIs and IVs in operation did, admittedly, get concentrated at the main point of attack.
Apr
10
comment What was Finland's position in World War Two?
Wow, would've thought the Soviets would love that: let the Germans fight their own Winter War against the Finns, then the Soviets could step in to 'save' them.
Apr
4
comment What was Finland's position in World War Two?
And, was USSR concerned about their security? Did they expect Finland to initiate hostilities? Seems to me that all the Soviets needed to do was to not be perceived as a threat to Finland to keep them out of the war.
Apr
4
comment What was Finland's position in World War Two?
Hmm, allied might be a bit too strong. What would you call their relationship, then? They certainly engaged in a joint military operation…
Mar
28
comment Why did Chamberlain act to appease Hitler leading up to the outbreak of World War 2?
Sorry, to clarify my comment, Churchill posits that the Czech military would have been a valuable addition to any early allied resistance against Germany; instead it became a liability.
Mar
28
comment Why did Chamberlain act to appease Hitler leading up to the outbreak of World War 2?
Note that Churchill counters this by pointing out the surprising quality of Czech preparedness, particularly their industry. Czech factories provided a surprisingly large number of early war tanks for the Germans, tanks that continued to be used even in the invasion of Russia.
Mar
18
comment What factors related to the Eastern Crisis contributed to the outbreak of World War 1?
Just a note on your fourth point: Britain had long maintained a policy of opposing the strongest force on the continent, whoever that might be. That happened to be Germany at that time, but earlier was often France. The last thing they wanted was a unified Europe.
Mar
8
comment Where was the pre-war (ww2) border between Poland and Germany?
Fantastic new resource for historical maps: oldmapsonline.org Came up with a 1922 map of Poland.