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The Soviets were caught by surprise and suffered massive casualties as a result. See this Wikipedia article. Lots of aircraft were destroyed on the ground, not the air. The first attacks began at 03:00 on 22 June. The Soviets had been caught by surprise, their aircraft bunched together in neat rows which were vulnerable. The results were devastating ... ...


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That looks to me a lot like a map of (in the instance of the Gray areas) where there were active independence movements going on, particularly with far-right party backing. Quebec: This province has always effectively been a French-speaking enclave in a largely English-speaking country. As such, there's always been a Quebec Nationalist element within the ...


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The Wikipedia article cited in another answer lists among reasons ...equipment, like that of the Red Army, was largely obsolescent and suffering from prolonged use. The Great Purges had also hit aircraft manufacturers, and the loss of personnel ended the Soviet lead in aircraft design and aeronautics (...) The aviation industry was disrupted, ...


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The main purpose is – per caption – to illustrate the varying degrees of censorship: Dictatorial Control of the Agencies of Public Communication Varying Degrees of Control, Censorship and Intimidation Relative Freedom from Official Supervision For Quebec, no definitive solution seems to be known. But there are convincing hypotheses out there: The ...


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Organizational deficiencies, technical obsolescence, inexperience of pilots, surprise caused by Stalin's blunder First of all, claims that VSS lost 4000 planes in the first three days of war is somewhat dubious. This is mostly based on German sources, which is understandable since Soviets usually omitted exact data from this embarrassing period . Only ...


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Heinrich Georg Stahmer Nazi Diplomat to China. (src ullsteinbild: 00253012, 00294136, 00294144)


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Apart from the Germans using quite a few captured weapons and other pieces of equipment, you've also been watching a Netflix work of fiction. Are you sure the footage is historical that you saw, and not staged as part of filming that series? A LOT of WW2 reenactment uses historically incorrect items, most people never notice. And that includes a lot more ...


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A vast majority of success of Blitzkrieg hinged on surprise factor which was available only in the earlier stages of war: https://www.britannica.com/topic/blitzkrieg Blitzkrieg, (German: “lightning war”) military tactic calculated to create psychological shock and resultant disorganization in enemy forces through the employment of surprise, speed, ...


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Robert Hanssen qualifies. Hanssen never told the KGB or GRU his identity and refused to meet them personally, with the exception of the abortive 1993 contact in the Russian embassy parking garage. The FBI believes the Russians never knew the name of their source.


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With the picture material available I would like to challenge the frame of your question. The picture seems to show multiple German soldiers in uniform (although only parts probably because parts were taken off for intensive labor) carrying what looks like it might be a dead body while an armed and properly, but differently uniformed soldier is standing in ...


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Germany captured a significant number of enemy weapons (and in some cases fabrication lines) and issued them to second-line troops. As John pointed out in the link in his comment, the Lee-Enfield became the Gewehr 283(e).


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While T.E.D.'s summary of Union Nationale and Social Credit politics of the 1930's is more than adequate, one must take the entire map with a grain of salt. Ignoring the rough style, there are numerous egregious errors: French and Spanish Morocco are conflated and combined, as are Algeria and Tunisia. However one might choose to rate French Morocco and ...


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It depends on which specific component you are referring to: The First Allied Airborne Army was headquartered at Sunninghill Park under the command of Major General Louis Brereton. The U.S. XVIII Airborne Corps was headquartered at Ogbourne St. George under Major General Ridgeway. Detailed planning for Operation market Garden in particular wad done ...


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What actually happened is that Australia had problem with its economy, because mobilization removed many men from industries. Citing wikipedia: As manpower restrictions in the Australian economy forced the early demobilisation of large numbers of men. As an example, in the 9th brigade ... elements of the Militia were disbanded to return personnel to ...


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There are some good descriptions, but mainly in Russian fiction and memoirs, for example: Vasili Grossman, Life and fate (there is an English translation), Victor Astafiev, The Cursed and the Slain, Also the memoirs of Lev Kopelev, and short stories of Vasil Bykov. There is also a very high quality, realistic movie: Torpedo bombers (Торпедоносцы) (can be ...


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Eastern Germany re-organised itself as an affiliate (disputed 1953, 1989) of Soviet foreign policy. Soviet ideology dictated that human social organisations were not inhering in national identity (Stalin "On Linguistics", Soviet policy in central Asia, not with standing, but not significant). This led Soviet ideology to emphasise the historically ...


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If you haven't read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, I would highly recommend him. While not exclusively about WWII his books discuss WWII soviet soldiers both during the war and what they faced after the war. Solzhenitsyn especially focuses on after WWII and those who didn't fit neatly back into Soviet Union. Solzhenitsyn himself was a WWII soldier who followed ...


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Another possibility, and this is largely opinion, but the question itself invites opinion... Japanese culture is quite different from Western culture in many ways, especially in interpersonal communications. The Japanese tend to speak and even act in a more subtle and nuanced manner than most Western people. A vague parallel might be found in a Western ...


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WW2 was clearly a factor in putting the USA in the position of superpower. Military superpower: In 1939, the USA had a weaker, in number, army than Romania. They had a powerful fleet , however, and aviation was OK: reliable airplanes, with useful performances. In 1945, they are first in aviation, navy, and second in land army after the Soviet Union. ...


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