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Mar
24
comment How true is the statement “Soviet troops got into Berlin riding American trucks, walking in American boots and using American trains”?
Did the Russians ever pay back what was loaned?
Jul
29
comment How did Allies secure southern flank during “Race to the Rhine”?
Although that doesn't give good reasons either - my understanding is that the Free French forces from North Africa wanted to help liberate their own country and it was easier for them logistically to do this via the Mediterranean as they had recently been involved in the North Africa campaign. It also had the useful benefit of forcing the Germans to fight on another front. So the main reason for Dragoon seems to be political but I am no expert.
Jul
29
comment How did Allies secure southern flank during “Race to the Rhine”?
Wikipedia has more information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Dragoon
Jul
26
comment Why does the UK buy some of its major military hardware from the USA while France is self-reliant?
Regards the E-3 Sentry, the British did begin to develop their own version of this, the Nimrod AEW3, but it proved so costly to develop and was plagued by various development problems that it ended up being cheaper to buy the US planes.
Jul
26
comment How did Allies secure southern flank during “Race to the Rhine”?
I need to add some more to this reply as I realise it doesn't answer all the original questions,
Mar
20
comment Was the death toll in the atomic bombing of Japanese territory greater than was expected by the US?
The US used the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to test the effective of the weapons, they didn't have a good idea what the effects might be or the death tolls. It was a war crime that these weapons were used but in an attempt to justify their actions the US government said that the bombs meant less casualties overall as there would be no need for an invasion.
Oct
2
comment Why did Operation Market Garden go ahead when the allies knew German armor was in the area?
Excellent answer, many thanks.
Sep
30
comment Why did Operation Market Garden go ahead when the allies knew German armor was in the area?
Apologies. I saw a documentary that had aerial reconnaissance photos showing suspected German armour hidden in the woods around the town. The photographs were reportedly taken a "few days" before the start of the operation, I will try to find some evidence of this on line and post a link.
Sep
30
comment What was the first successful mass tank battle of WW1?
The Germans didn't build many tanks during WWI so there are no examples of large tank v tank battles. The Germans built around 20 of their A7V tanks and also used around 50 captured allied tanks, but there's no record of any battle involving more than 3 German tanks as mentioned above.
Sep
30
comment Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?
The quick answer is that Blitzkrieg was designed to lead to a quick war and so avoid the deadlock of the trenches in the First World War. Even Hitler knew he couldn't win a long, drawn out war against superior industrial powers.
May
2
comment Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?
Part of the reason was to test the effects of such weapons. That's why they chose targets that were relatively untouched thus far.
May
2
comment Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?
Germany spent/wasted more money on the V2 project than the US did on the Manhatten Project.
Apr
27
comment Why did Canada, Australia and New Zealand separate from UK?
Australia may be a continent in geographical terms (although technically it isn't) but it only has a population around a third the size of England. Your argument is therefore flawed.
Apr
24
comment When did homosexuality become unacceptable in Europe?
"Unacceptable" to whom?
Apr
23
comment At the end of WWII, were nazis working on any other super weapon besides V-2?
The German's were well ahead of the US in the development of an atomic weapon in the late 1930's but due to cutbacks in research they fell behind. Germany cut back on a lot of research projects around 1940 as the war was going so well only to begin re-investing when things started to go badly around the 1942/1943. Lucky for us they did scale back research for at least a couple of years! yourdiscovery.com/web/world-war-2/ww2-focus/flashpoints/…
Apr
13
comment When did the Luftwaffe lose air-superiority over the Reich?
Would the ME 262 have been any good as a night-fighter I wonder?
Apr
8
comment Number of bullets used in WW2
Good suggestion but you need to bear in mind that by far the biggest killer in actual combat was artillery. That doesn't take into account grenades and bombs, I don't have figures for those but I'd guess people killed by bullets would be somewhat less than 30% of the total casualties, perhaps much less than that. answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090427003103AA04lGs
Mar
20
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
T32 = T34, sorry, I get these imaginative tank names mixed up ;)
Mar
20
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
Certainly Germany was ahead of the US in the race to develop the Atom bomb in 1939. Also they scaled back research into the ME262 for over a year, had they not done so then arguably they would have arrived in large numbers before air-superiority was already lost.
Mar
17
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
I'll vote this up when I get enough rep, thanks again.