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Questions related to aspects of World War II (1939-1945 AD). An international conflict whose major participants were the fascist countries of Germany, Italy, and Japan engaged against the allied nations of the UK, France, China, the USSR, and the USA. The conflict began with the German invasion of Poland and formally ended with the American victory over Japan.

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Why did the Nazis bother distinguishing Jews on the basis of statehood and citizenship (if they saw a "world of races" and not of states)?

All quotes below from Snyder (Black Earth, 2015, bold font added by me): When the survival of the state was in question, Antonescu slowed the persecution of Jews. Hitler, who actually believed in a ...
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Did the Soviets learn about the SS tattoos only in late 1945 (and why so late)?

Antony Beevor, in the context of late April 1945 / early May 1945 in Berlin: The French NCO claimed that they were forced labourers who had been press-ganged into uniform by the Germans when the Red ...
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Sources / books from WW1 veterans before WW2? [closed]

can you suggest any books that look into how WW1 veterans reacted in the impending run-up to ww2? Or names of people to look into. It doesn't have to be the entire focus of the book. I am interested ...
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Why did Nazi Bishop François Auvity escape all punishment, both criminal and ecclesiastical, after the Liberation of France? [closed]

Why did Nazi Bishop François Auvity escape all punishment, both criminal and ecclesiastical, after the Liberation of France by the Allies, and how could his criminal role remain hushed up for EIGHTY ...
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What problems did the USA's transatlantic communication face during World War II?

I would be interested to know which means of communication (transatlantic cable?) were affected by the war compared to the pre-war period. Were new means of communication discovered/developed? I ...
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How can I obtain a record of my fathers' medals from WW2?

My father was a Private First Class in the HQ BTRY 793rd Field Artillery Battalion of the US Army. His military occupation was Salvage Technician 194 and was inducted in January 1943. Where can I find ...
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Is this Groß-Deutschland 1938-1948 poster real (and produced/published by Nazi Germany)?

Source I found the anticlockwise swastikas strange. The poster is supposed to be from 1938. Some Reddit comments suggest this (or a very similar poster) is fake. (The above poster appears in the movie ...
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How important were Soviet raw material supplies for Nazi Germany in the first two years of WW2?

During the first nearly two years of WW2 (from September 1939 to June 1941), the Soviet Union was among the largest suppliers of raw materials (oil, rubber, grain, iron ore, etc.) for Nazi Germany. ...
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What's the best way to research personal military records of a soldier that served in the 101st Airborne Division during WWII?

I'm trying to conduct research on an soldier that served in Company B, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101ST Airborne Division in WWII. I have his name and birthday but no additional identifying ...
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What has happened to proximity fuzes after World War 2?

Arguably one of the most important military inventions of World War 2 was the proximity fuze. It greatly increased the lethality of artillery shells, since an airburst has a higher chance of covering ...
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What were the areas of European countries in 1936 and 1949?

Are there sources (e.g. gazetteers or encyclopedia) that list the precise areas of the different European countries in ~1936 (before Germany's Anschluß with Austria), and again in ~1949 (after the ...
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What were the postwar non-military uses of the Rolls-Royce built Merlin Engines in Britain?

The Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine powered some of the most famous airplanes of World War II, including the Spitfire, the Hurricane, the Mosquito, the Mustang, and the Lancaster. By the end of its ...
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How important was the US steel industry to the allies during World War II?

The United States steel plants were humming at the beginning of the second world war, due to a growing auto industry, and a decent economy as the U.S. raced out of the Great Depression. With that ...
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Why were medium bombers so low in numbers in Allied air forces?

The medium bombers of WWII are numerous. We could mention for the Americans the B-18, B-23, B-10 to which could be added the famous B-25 Mitchell and B-26 Marauder. In the British air force, they were ...
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What is this glyph on Feb 23 1940 in a Finnish military calendar?

I have the scan of a February 1940 calendar (inside a military booklet?) from a Finnish soldier during the Winter War. On the Friday 23, there is some kind of glyph (it looks like the Swedish Three ...
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Were there public executions of Nazi collaborators in the Netherlands?

The Last Vermeer is an entertaining but not entirely accurate film about the forger Han Van Meegeren. Opening in May 1945, at the end of the Second World War, Nazi collaborators are show being ...
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Why was Jean Chiappe given the job of High Commissioner of the Levant in 1940?

Jean Chiappe was a right-wing civil servant who got fired from his job as police prefect during a scandal in 1934. In 1940, the Vichy French gave him the job of high commissioner to the Levant, which ...
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Clarification on WW 2 US Army Discharge Papers (General Orders)

I am attempting to do some research on my paternal grandfather whom served in WW2. He was honorably discharged in AUG 46 and I have a copy of that paperwork. I know he served as a part of the 26th ...
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When and where did the Allies use starvation tactics in WW2?

There's a paper that claims in relation to the Nuremberg trials: The American‑run tribunal hearing the case affirmed the legal “propriety of attempting to reduce [a place controlled by the enemy to] ...
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Why didn't the promise of the imminent Green Revolution forestall German territorial ambitions just before World War 2? [closed]

Many Germans, even before World War I, believed that Germany needed to occupy Lebensraum or living space in other countries to achieve resource security. Also in the early 1900's scientists around ...
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Does this WWII photo show a double-track railway?

Recently I found a Bellingcat article titled Solving World War II Photo Mysteries With Open Source Techniques. They close the article by saying: There are still many more images in the IBCC archives ...
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What exactly was the position of ‘Party Minister’ assigned to Martin Bormann in Hitler’s will?

In Hitler’s last will and testament, he assigns all the different offices and functions prior to that held by him and the members of his cabinet to new office-holders-Dönitz became Reichpresident, ...
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Did Allied bombers return from enemy airspace with undropped bombs?

First episode of new TV series "Masters of the Air" depicts the U.S. 100th Bomb Group’s first combat mission to bomb U-boat pens in Bremen on June 25, 1943. Historical sources I can find ...
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Which four countries were the Teutonic coalition?

I'm reading the Memoirs of the Second World War and just came across the expression "Teutonic Coalition." Is Sir Winston Churchill referring to the Axis? Who are these members? Here's the ...
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The Crown, and social attitudes in nightclubs during WW2 in London?

In The Crown Season 6 episode 8, the depiction of a basement nightclub in the Ritz Hotel in London seems highly inaccurate. In Matthew Sweet's West End Front the bar beneath the Ritz is described as a ...
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How did Royal Navy tactics change after the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales?

On 10th December 1941, the Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales, and escorting battlecruiser HMS Repulse were sunk near Malaysia by a force of Imperial Japanese bombers. This was a powerful ...
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Where can I find WW2 fuel consumption data for the key participants?

Does anyone know where I can find military fuel consumption data by the key countries involved in World War II? It would be highly appreciated if you could advise on the well-organized database.
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What uniform is in this picture? and when the unit would have been active?

I believe it belongs to the Caribbean Regiment (British Islands), but I heard most of the records no longer exist. I also think they fought during WWII, but I’m not sure the person in uniform would ...
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What proportion of UK civilians killed in the first and second world wars were women and children?

I recently learnt that the number of UK civilians killed in the first world war is around 2,000. This seems surprisingly low but understandable when we realize that the UK wasn't subject to a land ...
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Is there evidence that Mauthausen Concentration Camp commander Franz Ziereis’s son shot prisoners of the camp?

In the Spanish film the photographer of Mauthausen there is a scene of a party held to celebrate the birthday of the son of Mauthausen Concentration Camp commander (Franz Ziereis). In the scene the ...
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What does CBI mean in block 36 of discharge form WD AGO Form 53-55?

I have recently received a copy of my uncle's WWII discharge form (WD AGO Form 53-55) and cannot find a source that defines the destination acronym of "CBI" listed in Block 36. Does anyone ...
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Why weren’t resettled Germans compensated for their confiscated land in Prussian Pomerania after WWII?

My great-aunt and her two children were expelled from their family farm in the Prussian Province of Pomerania, at Rummelsburg (now known as Miastko), near Wernershof (now Gołębsko). They were given no ...
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How do I locate information on a B-17 shot down over Poland?

A friend's father was a nose gunner in a B-17 during WWII. In 1945, he was shot down near Poznan, Poland, survived the crash and was captured by the Soviets. My friend provided the following ...
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Are there data/sources on the usage of Swiss German before/after WWII?

Today remarkably across German-speaking countries Switzerland keeps a very high level of usage of dialects other than Standard High German (SHG). Although non SHG-dialects are also commonplace in ...
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Factcheck: Did Australia request 200.000 17 year old girls from Germany in 1946?

This text was written in a newspaper published in Bodø, Norway on the 2nd of August 1946. It translates to approximately: "Girls as war compensation. Australia is among the countries that have ...
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What is this kind of supply package called?

81 hundred pounds of ammunition, or other supplies. The landing craft contains a package which the narrator describes as '81 hundred pounds of ammunition'. What is this kind of package called? It ...
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Was there a separate vote on the Bulgarian demand for Western Thrace at the Paris Conference of 1946?

Although Bulgaria had withdrawn their troops from Greece in order to get an armistice in Oct 1944, Bulgaria reiterated their demand for Western Thrace (that its troops had vacated in '44) at the Paris ...
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Was possession of a radio forbidden in Greece in 1930s?

In the 2016 British TV series The Durrells which is based on a true story, the British family moves to the Greek island of Corfu. In the last episode just months before the start of World War II a ...
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When did the Allied war aims change?

At which point exactly did the aims of the allied powers in the Second World War change from what they were initially to the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and the other members of the Axis? ...
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Could healthy young men avoid Wehrmacht conscription before 1939?

The path for men in Nazi Germany seemed to be being part of the Hitlerjugend until the age of eighteen, then serving in the Reichsarbeitsdienst for six months, and then doing two years in the ...
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What is my Grandpa's collar insignia?

This is a photograph of my grandpa, Douglas Howard. At his retirement, I believe he was a Major in the Devon and Dorset, but my info is vague. This was a photo he gave to his future wife, and my ...
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Who denounced Alexander Schmorell?

Alexander Schmorell was a member of the anti nazi movement The White Rose. In his entry in Wikipedia it is stated that he was caught by the Gestapo after being recognized by an old girlfriend while ...
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Who was an English spy in France in WW2 who escaped the Gestapo by listening to the 'little voice in his head' telling him "Leave Now!"

In a magazine article I read about an English spy in WW2. At one point he was in an apartment when the 'little voice in his head' told him "Leave Now!". He got up and walked out the door ...
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Did France send people from other countries to fight first during WWII?

I am from Poland. This past weekend, I talked with my mother-in-law, who was born in 1935 in France. In 1939, right before World War II broke out, she and her family went back to Poland. I was shocked ...
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Were there any female soldiers in the Soviet army who partook in the mass rapes in Eastern Germany?

Were there female Soviet soldiers that partook in the mass rapes in Eastern Germany? The only source I found on any reaction of female soldiers on the mass rapes was in a testimony of a veteran: ...
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Would the USSR have invaded Poland in WW2 if the Germans had not crossed into previously-agreed Soviet sphere of influence?

On Quora, I read the following opinion by user Ahmad: During the war against Poland however, the Germans crossed over into the region that had been granted to the Soviet Union as part of the Molotov–...
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What nationality are the soldiers in these WW2 pictures?

These pictures were taken in the immediate post-war, 1945 or 1946 I guess, somewhere in central Europe (Austria, Czech Republic or Poland). I have blurred the faces because the pictures come from a ...
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During World War II, did the Luftwaffe try to bomb 10 Downing Street?

If Luftwaffe did, in fact, attempt to bomb 10 Downing Street, why was it unsuccessful? I know that Britain in general, and London in particular, had an air raid defense system and strict blackout ...
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What do we know of the conditions the "prominents" were kept in in Nazi concentration camps?

Blum, former prime minister of France was allowed to marry in the camp in which he was imprisoned and this is an example of not merely better food and shelter to improve chances of survival by ...
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Why were the workers opposed to Hitler becoming the chancellor of Germany near the end of the Weimar republic?

I just started reading " The rise and fall of the third Reich " by Shirer and came across paragraph stating a hundred thousand workers opposed Hitler becoming the chancellor. If Hitler was ...
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