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Gomel operation was part of the cleaning after Smolensk battle. von Bock's armies defended themselves in the center and attacked with limited forces on the flanks. In the south, Guderian won the battles near Gomel and Krichev... During those days Guderian emancipated himself from von Kluge (commander of IV army), so he had more freedom (II Panzer group was ...


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There were already numerous French soldiers taken as prisonners of war when the Armistice happened. 2/ Those prisonners of war could have been paroled, but the Germans did not trust France. OP mentionned Dutch army as an example to follow, however while Dutch army was small and easily beaten, France was an other matter. The Germans, in 1940, could not take ...


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I wonder if you may have misremembered parts of the story. I have an event in mind where the details don't really match up with your recollection, but overall seems to bear a striking similarity. In 1943, Montgomery and Eisenhower made a 5 pound bet that the war would be over by Christmas 1944. It was actually written down on a sheet of paper, and signed by ...


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The Japanese navy was the second biggest in the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese navy had the most modern and most experienced carriers of the world at that time. England, France and The Netherlands were at war in Europe. France and The Netherlands were occupied by Germany. The colonial forces of FR, GB and NL were more like expanded police forces for internal ...


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Guderian himself offers some insight into this question in his memoir, Panzer Leader. Around the end of July 1941, when the critical decisions were being made, there was a growing divergence of opinion within Army Group Centre over where the greater enemy threat to the Army Group was arising. Fourth Army were of the opinion that the Soviet forces growing ...


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My understanding is that there would have been differences between being a Wehrmacht Panzer Major and an SS Panzer Major. What would those differences be? The Wehrmacht was the military of the nation of Germany, the German army was the Heer. The SS (Schutzstaffel) was the paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party, the Waffen-SS was its military wing. In theory, ...


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Tens of thousands of prisoners of war were taken between the 17th and the 22nd of June. Then Président du Conseil (Head of Government) and Chief of Armies Philippe Pétain made a huge blunder when he announced on radio the 17th of June, 1940, that France was seeking an armistice with Germany and that The fight must be stopped. "il faut cesser le combat&...


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Kriegsmarine had two torpedoignitors with relevant devices: Pistole 4c EDS (Pi4c EDS) Pistole 4d SZE (Pi4d SZE) EDS = Endstreckendetonierersicherung ("safety against end-of-run-detonation") SZE = Selbstzerstörungseinrichtung ("selfdestruction-device") The Pi4c EDS was only used in Type Ke and Type Ke1 warheads with the passive acoustic ...


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Iron ore comes as Hematite, Goethite, Limonite, etc, and Magnetite. Basically Fe2O3 for the others and Fe3O4 for Magnetite. Plus contaminants. Fe3O4 contains more iron per molecule than Fe2O3. Purified it comes to about 67% iron and 33% oxygen. Fe2O3 comes in at around 63% iron. But, as dug out of the ground, Hematite etc. can be pretty close, with little ...


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