Questions tagged [world-war-two]

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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When did Germany pay the full amount of reparations of the Versailles treaty? [closed]

I remember it was recently, but I do not know the exact year.
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Why didn't Germans use chemical warfare during WW2? [duplicate]

(I have read this discussion but I feel it does not answer completely) Why haven't Germans massively use chemical warfare during WW2? The Wikipedia has a text, but for me the reasons are weak: ...
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Was hitler trying to start a world war by invading Poland? [duplicate]

when it comes to the topic of "Was Hitler trying to start a world war by invading Poland?" I only hear about AJP Taylor's view which is yes. What are some other reason that may appose AJP Taylor? The ...
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What were the differences between the Waffen SS and the Wehrmacht in their role during the war? [closed]

I can't find any good answers. The Waffen SS was more of a private army while the Wehrmacht was a national army I think. Except that the Waffen SS was given orders by the OKW just like the Heer and ...
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Could Hitler have won WW2 after losing the beaches of Normandy [closed]

I'm quite interested in WW2, and was thinking about the beaches of Normandy and what wondering about the following Could Hitler have won WW2 after losing the beaches of Normandy and what were the key ...
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Were the Gestapo & SS voluntary organisations?

In a book that I am reading about the Nuremberg Trials I came across the following: Justice Jackson intended to 'prove the criminal character of several voluntary organisations that played a cruel ...
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Why did conquered countries after WWII recover, but countries conquered later continue suffering? [closed]

Nations damaged severely in WWII (suffered major economic collapse and civilian casualties) such as Japan, Germany and Poland have not only recovered but are doing better than ever before. Most of ...
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Is this list a complete list of US Jewish servicemen in WWII? [closed]

http://gijew.com/memorial/worldwarii/ I am trying to see if this link is a full list. If not where can I find one?
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Why did Japan never “apologize” enough for World War 2?

Although Japan kept "apologizing" for atrocities committed during World War 2 for more than 70 years, the apologies were deemed "not sincere enough" by the victims. This stands in huge contrast with ...
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How did the HMAS Sydney know the real Straat Malakka's secret callsign, “IIKP”, but not HSK Kormoran?

It's outlandish that the Kormoran didn't know the secret callsign of the ship they were imitating. Please see the question in my title, and the emboldened sentence underneath. I quote Wikipedia. ...
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Did cavalrymen drive in tanks in World War II?

I found the following quote in the dictionary of US army slang (my emphasis): bowlegs: Derisive term for cavalrymen, ignoring the fact that they rode in tanks rather than on horseback. Were there ...
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Were the Axis Powers really obligated to attack USSR and USA? [duplicate]

EDIT: I don't think it's a duplicate of this. That question asks why attack USSR while still fighting Britain (and I think the OP has a misunderstanding there because the Battle of Britain was already ...
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Why was Pearl Harbor selected as the base Japan attacked in December 1941? [closed]

Why did Japan select Pearl Harbor, and not some other U.S. military base, as the site to surprise attack in 1941? Why didn't Japan attack, for example, the Philippines, or the Panama Canal, or Wake ...
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WWII: Did the entire war depend on breaking the ENIGMA cipher? [closed]

I recently watched this great historical movie called Enigma (2001) As I saw the movie, a British general claimed that the entire war was depended on breaking the Enigma cipher? Is this really a ...
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Croatia's reparations to Serbia after WWII [closed]

How Croatia avoid to pay reparations to Serbia after the WWII for something like this?
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Why the Rzhev battle is not as famous as Stalingrad? [closed]

Since the 4 operation on the EasternFront ( Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus ) are linked, why is the Rzhev battle so unknown ? Didn't Model requested most of the backup to defend his salient ? ...
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How has it happen, that Soviet Union, after the win in WW2 did not took German technologies? [closed]

Germany, in the 40-x was a one of most technological advanced state in the world. Following big concerns had created it's industry: VW, Mercedes(created in 1926, Benz & Daimler), Siemens(in 1847),...
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Why is there less public attention on the firebombing of Japan compared to its atomic bombing? [closed]

Virtually everybody has heard of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, the firebombing of Japan is nowhere near as well known, or talked about, at least by non-Japanese. Why is there ...
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What determined the duration of preliminary bombardment at Omaha beach? [closed]

Why was there so little bombardment done to prepare the Omaha beach for invasion? What factors affected the decision about how much preparation would take place and the overall invasion schedule? ...
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Are these real WWII Nazi patches? [closed]

Quick question for anyone knows about historic WWII Nazi artefacts. These patches were found in my grandfather's basement after he died. He served in WWII in Germany. Are these actual Nazi patches or ...
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Are there any historical conceptions that accurately depict a scenario of swinging rapidly from a state of war to a state of tranquility? [closed]

Leading on from the horrors of the First World War, the pussyfooting involved in the Second World War could be likened to that of a swinging mechanism of war, rapidly followed by peace, then followed ...
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How did Swiss neutrality affect WW2? [closed]

How did Swiss neutrality affect WW2? What impact did Swiss neutrality have on the Axis powers? the Allies? Did Swiss neutrality have a significant effect on either side?
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What is a good way to summarize Mussolini's role in World War 2? [closed]

I would want to know how I could summarize Mussolini's role in World War 2 in a paragraph or so. By this I don't mean that people start listing out all his military conquests etc. but the role he had ...
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Did the cost ineffectiveness the V2 and V1 rocket program actually matter to the Nazis? [closed]

I've been doing a fair bit of research about the V2 rockets lately, and frequently came across the comment that the V2 and V1 rocket program was hugely cost inefficient, but did it really matter to ...
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No prosecution for retaliatory mass murder after Maurice Rose's killing?

Source: Partisan War and Reprisal Killings, By Dipl.-Chem. Germar Rudolf and Sibylle Schröder ...On April 4, 1992, the Paderborner Zeitung reported an incident where the Americans had taken harsh ...
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Where was the operation Market Garden UK planning headquarters?

Can someone remind me of the name of the house and country estate in southern England where much of Operation Market Garden was planned. I have even been on a course there in the 1980s, but can't ...
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Did the citizens of US really back the declaration of war on Japanese Empire as it was implied by F.D. Roosevelt in his Pearl Harbor Speech? [closed]

December 7th, 1941, was the date that was to live in infamy, as mentioned by F.D. Roosevelt in his Pearl Harbor speech. Overall, the speech was quite straightforward in its goal: assurance to the ...
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Was the French commander in chief Gamelin such a terrible commander?

While doing some research on France's defeat in 1940 I saw that some harshly criticize the French Commander-in-chief Gamelin and blame him for its speedy downfall (of course there isn't only one ...
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If Hitler did not create a Second Front, could the war in the East have developed very differently? [closed]

If Hitler had decided to not attack Britain, and focused solely on Russia, and only left a big enough portion of his resources there to prevent a Second front opening up, what magnitude of resources ...
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Submarine record from WW2 [closed]

I am trying to find an original submarine record sent from submarine to the HQ which includes location, movement, weather, orders and details about the submarine during World War 2. I am trying to ...
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Was Edward VIII of England forced to abdicate? [closed]

I wonder whether Edward VIII was forced to abdicate due to his pro-Nazi views or his romance with Wallis Simpson? I know that some politicians urged him to abdicate but was there something more ...
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What is this smoke or steam coming from the Japanese Mitsubishi Zero Plane (WW2)? [closed]

What is this smoke/steam think behind the Japanese fighter planes like the Zero?
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Is it legit to say that allied forces in Market Garden were: USA, British and Polish? [closed]

Is it legit to say that allied forces in Market Garden were: USA, British and Polish? Because I met this statement in a book and I know that Canadian forces were in XXX Corps. Maybe this is due to ...
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What was the lena River Delta U-boat base in the Soviet Arctic used for?

In 1963 the body of a German navy NCO was found in Neelova Gulf with the remnants of his uniform and rifle ammunition. In 1985 Soviet helicopter pilot Peter Statsyukom discovered a small complex of ...
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Why did China not seem to have cared about the Nanking Massacre? [closed]

The Japanese really did horrible stuff to China's citizens, which peaked in the Massacre of Nanking. Dozens of women, regardless of the age, where raped and many more killed in really gruesome ways. ...
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Which historians argue that WWII was caused by Fascism as a reaction to Communism?

It's been suggested that fascist movements of post-WW1 Europe emerged in reaction to the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and against worker sympathies to similar internationalist socialist movements ...
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Is it true that Austrians who refused to help SS in catching Soviet POWs would not face any negative consequences?

According to the Viennese government, civilians who refused to assist the SS in catching Soviet prisoners of war (during Mühlviertler Hasenjagd) did not face any negative consequences (my emphasis): ...
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What did the French resistance call the oil used to destroy German tanks/trucks?

I was told that isn't what the French resistance called it What was the substance the French resistance added to the German tanks and trucks that caused the engines to blow The resistance called it ...
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How do we know the tonnages U-boats sank?

In the videogame series, Silent Hunter, which simulates being a submarine captain in WW2, after a patrol you are told how much tonnage you sank. I always thought that was just a reward mechanism to ...
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What is the significance of the term “never start changing the borders in Eastern Europe by force?” [closed]

I have read this was the cause of both World War 1 and World War 2. Russia has now seized the Crimea and followed that up with a War in Eastern Ukraine. Does this have any relevance today?
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Found a bullet shell with 'Winchester 30-06 SPRG' on it, how old is it? [closed]

The shell is a dark brown.. I don't know much about guns but anyone know anything?
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Hugh Dowding v. William Sholto Douglas? [closed]

Would Hugh Dowding have been a better tactician against the London Blitz (night bombing) as compared to William Sholto Douglas?
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Why is France a permanent member of the UN security council? [duplicate]

There are 5 permanent members of the UN security council - USA, UK, Russia, China and France. I can understand why USA, UK, Russia and China have their places, being on the winning side at the end of ...
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German Army + IJN in the Middle East? [closed]

I read this article about how Germany and Japan might have won the war: It occurred to me that Japan probably outclassed the Royal Navy at the time and I saw this post about Hitler Taking Middle East ...
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Why didn't the Luftwaffe use Stukas against Britain? [closed]

The German bombing campaign against Britain in 1940, and the subsequent British and American bombing campaign against Germany, involved dropping a great deal of unguided ordinance, which killed some ...
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Is there a reason beyond the simple textbook explanation as to why the Allied forces chose to fight the Axis powers in North Africa during WWII? [closed]

The textbook explanation is simply, "colonialism". But I'd like to understand the more profound motivations for the North African conflict. Ultimately, what had the Allied forces to gain? What ...
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Why didn't the Allies attack Germany from the South? [closed]

I was thinking about how and when Italy was captured and converted into a Pro-Allies country. Once the Germans were pushed out of Italy and it was completely under Allied control, why did the Invasion ...
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Was there a “European Balance of Power Strategy” for Anglo-American interests in between 1925 and 1935?

There is a meme in the US about British meddling in Europe. It says, basically, that the British didn't want a single power to dominate the continent, so it would support the second strongest power to ...
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What impact did the rocket inventions of the German rockeeters have on WW2? [closed]

I'm a fourth year student in secondary school, I'm currently writing an essay regarding the Second World War, and would love to hear your thoughts on the question "What impact did the rocket ...
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What were the technological differences between Japan and the USA in World War 2? [closed]

Other than the nuclear bomb, I'm just curious as to why they lost WW2.