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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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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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Is it possible to look at Churchill's speeches and get to know the British culture?

Basically, is it possible to look at Churchill's speeches and get to know the British culture just by looking at his speeches?
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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.
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Did Hitler plan a war with his allies?

Nazi Germany's allies, Italy and Japan displayed a lot of ideological dissimilarities with the Nazi Germany's ideology and also Germany had some Germans-populated regions inside Italy (South Tyrol). ...
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Occupation of Iran in World War 2

During World War 2, British, Russian, and American forces attacked and occupied Iran. Why did they occupy Iran? Why Hitler did not try to stop them?
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Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2? [closed]

Why did France give up when Paris was taken in WW2? They could have kept fighting just like the Polish did.
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Can Japanese Americans held in Concentration Camps in WWII be considerd as POWs? [closed]

I claim that the Japanese Americans forced into concentration camps during WWII are POW'S. I don't see this violating the definition of POW: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prisoner%20of%...
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Was Ludwig von Mises a holocaust survivor? [closed]

Von Mises left Europe to avoid the Nazis. Does that make him a Holocaust Survivor?
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Was the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea part of the Allies or the Axis or neither? [closed]

Please Google it before saying anything, and I want proof of whatever you'll reply here.
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Soviets, their war equpment and performance in WWII [closed]

If the Soviets excelled in their military equipment, why were the Germans able to inflict such heavy casualties on them through-out the war?
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Is strategic bombing as ineffective as this math suggests? [closed]

A B 17 has a fuel capacity of 10 tons, and a payload of 1 ton. The 2.5 m tons of bombs dropped thus required 25m tons of fuel. Nazis produced around 5m tons of oil annually domestically. Does this ...
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What is the best method/ readings to learn WWII [closed]

I am reading "The Dictators" about Hitler and Stalin's lives and paths to power. However, I find it very difficult to follow, because after every page, I must stop and look for some concepts on ...
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German invasion of Poland details

In this Hitler speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tran_0-lC5c Hitler claims that during the conflict with Poland, he gave orders to the Luftwaffe to commit the war in a "humane manner" IE: ...
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Was there an official name for the bomb detonated in the Manhattan Project [closed]

In 1939 the Manhattan Project was started. The Manhattan project eventually gave us the precedents to the incredible and terrifying weapon known commonly as "a nuke" or "a nuclear bomb" During the ...
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Which sources should I believe regarding CV-8 Hornet? [closed]

According to wikipedia's The Battle of Midway, the Naval Carrier CV-8 "Hornet" participated in the Pacific theatre in 1942. Where could I find more confirmation on the Hornet?
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Learning about WW2 lead me to a current event question about German policy [closed]

Background I am a student currently learning about the atrocities that Nazi Germany committed in the 1940’s. Some of the well-known and worst ones are the concentration camps and horrific experiments,...
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The Battle of Britain [closed]

During the Battle of Britain were there any battles on British land or were they all up in the air? If there were no battles on land, why did the Nazis never cross the channel?