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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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General Harry Kinnard, then Lt. Colonel, was present. According to his obituary in the New York Times, "Nuts!" was the original. The message [to surrender] was passed on to Brig. Gen. Anthony C. M …
answered Sep 6 '17 by Schwern
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As mentioned by many here, kill ratios are only really significant if you're talking attrition warfare or at a basic tactical level. Otherwise they're an effect of losing the war, not a cause. The un …
answered Jan 11 '17 by Schwern
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First, I believe the OP is referring to a fourth atomic bomb. There were three constructed and used during the war, though one was a test rig. Trinity, an implosion plutonium bomb used for testing. …
answered Mar 16 '17 by Schwern
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There's problems with that statement. The Munich Agreement was not agreed upon at "an old palace". In fact, Chamberlain and Hitler met at several locations prior to signing the agreement, none of whic …
answered May 4 '16 by Schwern
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Lots of supplies were from the US lend-lease, but the most visible was tanks, lots of them. Of the over 1000 tanks available to the British for the battle, half were from the US. 170 M3 Grant medium …
answered May 19 '16 by Schwern
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Stalingrad was less of a "radical turn point" as it was an inevitable consequence of a long war between the Germans and the Soviets. Similar to Japan, Germany was not prepared for a long war, while th …
answered Apr 3 '17 by Schwern
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@congusbongus covers it from a legal perspective, but there is a way to avoid the letter of the law: make it look like you're being attacked. Two successful surprise attacks which bypassed the letter …
answered May 27 '17 by Schwern
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In addition to the other answers, WWII submarines were primarily surface vessels which could submerge for combat. They had very limited speed, visibility, and battery range underwater. The batteries t …
answered Apr 30 '17 by Schwern
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There were large pockets of organized resistance in 1940, but they surrendered when their governments did. For the few governments who kept fighting, they had plenty of holdouts. The Axis powers did …
answered Feb 8 '15 by Schwern
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"Bigot" wasn't a clearance level, it was an additional layer of security along with clearance levels. A clearance level like "secret" means it requires people viewing it to have passed a security chec …
answered Nov 1 '15 by Schwern
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The Poles were supposed to be dropped in on the 19th, the third day, near Elden and attack the southern approaches to the bridge. A lack of gliders and transports meant they could not be dropped on th …
answered May 12 '18 by Schwern
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Why didn't the U.S.A. or the U.K. think of putting a tube on their submarine? They did. It was patented in Britain in 1916. Like so many bits of military technology, it's not "why didn't they th …
answered Sep 19 '17 by Schwern
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A. By what ages where men/women allowed to voluntarily join the Finnish army (upper and lower bounds if there was any, differences between men and women)? I have scoured my few Finnish sources an …
answered Jan 30 '16 by Schwern
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Eisenhower had written a speech should the landings have failed. Our landings have failed and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best inform …
answered Mar 4 '15 by Schwern
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Dive bombing and skip bombing were some of the few ways to accurately deliver a bomb in WWII. High altitude bombing in WWII was extraordinarily inaccurate, and a relatively small, maneuvering target l …
answered Oct 25 '15 by Schwern

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