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To begin with, when the air campaign ahead of Operation Husky (the campaign that culminated with the invasion of Sicily) began, the Allies already had a significant numerical superiority over the Axis air forces in the theatre: Operation HUSKY air planners had nearly 5,000 operational aircraft at their disposal compared to the 1,500–1,600 Axis aircraft ...


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Making a direct comparison between the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials is problematic. In an article in the European Journal of International Law (2010), Kirsten Sellars assessed the trials in the light of three academic texts published in 2008 & 2009: From the outset, the Allies had justified the prosecution of the leaders of the Axis powers on the ...


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The German campaign in the Caucasus had no real 'campaigning season'. Although typically the Soviet defenders were better equipped for the seasons earlier, the German troops adapted quickly as well. As can be seen from the dates of fighting, the contest lasted through all the beginning of winter. While in the mountains the conditions of 'fall season' start ...


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The battles leading up to the invasion had a significant impact on Axis operations in general in the Mediterranean. The failed Siege of Malta was a significant cost to their forces, both military and merchant. These losses were compounded in the subsequent battles and defeat in North Africa. The tide had turned and they no longer had the initiative. In ...


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Others have covered the documentary sources very well. I'd like to draw attention to another way of answering this question: the Hitler-Mannerheim recording: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler_and_Mannerheim_recording This is the only known recording of Hitler having an unscripted conversation. It was made without his knowledge. An English transcript is ...


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Q What was Hitler like in private? We cannot know! The vast majority of material available that otherwise might shine some light on this is highly unreliable. Q That being said, we also know that Hitler's public image was very carefully maintained.[…] Do any unbiased firsthand accounts exist of Hitler's general personality and demeanor[…]? This care ...


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The website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the text of General Order No. 1, as issued on 2 September 1945, in both English and Japanese. The English text states: (b) The senior Japanese Commanders and all ground, sea, air and auxiliary forces within Manchuria, Korea North of 38 degrees North latitude, Karafuto, and the Kurile Islands, ...


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If Box 27 - Local SS (Draft) Board & Number, is filled out, then the SS probably just means Selective Service. Link: Reading and Understanding WW2 Discharge Documents


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Nietzsche went insane when he was about 40. His sister took possession of his affairs. She complied his unpublished writings and edited them. She, a big fan of Hitler, published some of her brother's unreleased works and edited a bit to fit the Nazi point of view better.


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This is a very unclear question. Yes, generally speaking, anyone who might be suspected of an outside loyalty was likely to be persecuted. E.g., 400k out of 700k people executed during the Great Purge were Poles (according to Bloodlands). If you are specifically asking about the spring of 1941 - no. No German invasion (and certainly its extent!) was ...


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In the BBC's 1997 documentary 'The Nazis: A Warning From History', the rise and fall of the Nazi regime is examined. Another insightful analysis is Timothy Snyder's 2015 book 'Black Earth: the Holocaust as History and Warning'. From these sources we gain an important insight into the character of the Nazi regime, and how fundamentally different their ...


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