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No. It is true the US Coastal Command found itself with a lack of ASW assets in Dec 1941. According to uboat.net the Eastern Sea Frontier had... 4 Yard Patrol Boats 4 Subchasers 1 Coast Guard Cutter 3 Eagle-class patrol boats 103 aircraft, five of which were combat ready However, the 50 old destroyers would not have made a significant difference. More ...


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This is detailed in Führer directive 45. It was incredibly easy. By just winning the war. Details for this were variously named Fall Blau, Operation Brunswick, Operation Edelweiss… As you see, there were not very many directives, and those pertaining to this plan were – ehm – optimistic. Basically they "hoped to achieve this" with 'go in, smash the enemy ...


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Had the Germans succeeded in breaking the Red Army, they would have been able to hold on to the Caucasus. If not, the war would have been lost anyway. From the beginning of the war in the East, German plans and strategy were clear in the regard that the Red Army had to be eliminated first (via large encirclement battles) and only after that were rapid ...


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The Imperial War Museum, in association with the publisher J.B. Hayward, has published a series of volumes listing all British & Commonwealth POWs held in Germany and German Occupied Territories. volume 1: Prisoners of War. The British army 1939 --1945 volume 2: Prisoners of war naval and air forces of Great Britain and the empire 1939-1945 volume 3: ...


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During 1938-39, the US military started making a new set of plans for possible war scenarios. These were the Rainbow series, as follows: Rainbow 1. To prevent violation of the Monroe Doctrine, and to protect the United States, its possessions, and its sea trade. Rainbow 2. To carry out No. 1, and also to sustain the authority of democratic powers in the ...


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There is no objective criteria for comparing which piece of military hardware is "better". Less so when comparing military equipment between armies with vastly different doctrines and circumstances such as the US and Soviets. It's also a question of when? 1941? 1943? 1945? What might be useful is a review of US and Soviet mortars in WW2 and how they were ...


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The song is titled "Tales of Kiska", it's full text is located in the book Aleutians, Gilberts & Marshalls, June 1942-April 1944. You've heard the bloody tales of old Of fearless knights and warriors bold, But now the muse pens Tales of Kiska Or, how we missed them by a whisker. One hundred thousand men at muster, Admirals, generals adding luster; Two ...


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The ambassador most likely left Poland for Romania by about noon on Sept. 17, 1939, within a few hours of the Soviet invasion that morning, having already left Warsaw for Kuty in preparation for just such action. From the House of Commons Hansard records for Sept. 20, 1939 - Columns 976-7 (my emphasis): War Situation 3.52 p.m. .... The ...


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Operation Kugelblitz was, at best, a short-term success for the Germans and thus no more than a temporary set back for the partisans. The Partisans not only continued to be a viable fighting force but also quickly regained control of much that was lost, in addition to increasing recruitment. The objective of the operation was to encircle and destroy the ...


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At the beginning of Fall Blau the Caucasus was not very well defended, as the rapid advance might show. The army was approaching and the Luftwaffe had a large bomber and fighter force on intact forward airfields. The biggest flaw in all of this is that the speculation "take Baku – get oil" was not even an option at the time. As the Germans knew in the ...


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This question is too broad, but I'll give you some avenues of research. Note all the countries you use as examples mention were puppet states and colonies right up until, and a bit after, WW2. Iraq and Libya were carved from former Ottoman states, and the Ottoman Empire was not known for its efficiency. These territories were seized by the Allies after WW1 ...


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This was studied in Germany. First it was expert testimonial by empirically experienced medics, then it was seen as results in the field and tested on regular soldiers, and finally on a lot of involuntary subjects from concentration camps. F. Eichholtz: "Die zentralen Stimulantia der Adrenalin‐Ephedrin‐Gruppe", Angewandte Chemie, 1940, DOI Hans-Diedrich ...


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At least two different sites repeat the same claim, that he did have the tattoo, and removed it with a knife. From an article on historynet.com, FROM GERMAN WAFFEN SS TO AMERICAN GREEN BERET: In 1950, Törni moved to a Finnish community in Venezuela. He got a job on a freighter carrying ore to U.S. ports on the Gulf Coast. Once the freighter was in ...


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TLDR: The cold war Start by reading this article about the Marshall Plan Starting with a few quotes (emphasis mine): The goals of the United States were to rebuild war-torn regions, remove trade barriers, modernize industry, improve European prosperity, and prevent the spread of Communism. And The purpose of the Marshall Plan was to aid in the ...


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The Germans were hoping that the Caucasus offensive would cripple the Red Army. The Baku, Grozny, and Maikop oilfields together produced 86 percent of Russia's oil; Baku by itself, 72 percent. So the German plan was to capture these oilfields. They captured Maikop and came close to capturing Grozny, but the path from Grozny to Baku was some 300 miles of ...


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Once the Battle of Britain was lost and Germany failed to invade Britain the war was destined to be lost. The preconditions for Germany to win WW2 were Destroy the Royal Navy Take Gibraltar Take Malta Take North Africa Take the Middle East including Iraq and Iran Launch simultaneous attacks on USSR from the west and south and have Japan attack USSR ...


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