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What were the areas of European countries in 1936 and 1949?

This depends a bit on your definition of precision. The most accessable sources would be: 1935-36: Statistical Year-Book of the League of Nations – Table 2: area and population lists the area rounded ...
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At what point did Soviet armored units have qualitative parity with Wehrmacht armored units?

Intro: This is quite difficult to answer the question since you mention different levels, but there are more to consider. Namely, we could speak about: Technology of 1v1 (as mentioned, this is not ...
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How big were the two German pockets at the end of the battle of Stalingrad?

I've heard that in the early part of the encirclement both moral and discipline stayed high, roads were cleared of snow as needed and there were no signs of a crack up initially. 200+K just in the 6th ...
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What operations were carried out by the partisans of the Chernihiv junction in the Great Patriotic War?

The primary role of the partisans was to disrupt German railway logistics, as well as to gather intelligence. However, they also participated in fighting. In support of the Polesskoe Offensive, ...
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Under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, how many of each aircraft did the USSR receive?

Sobolev cites the precise figures on page 152: 10 Heinkel He-100 (5 vapor-cooled and 5 air-cooled, Wikipedia claims 6 vapor-cooled) 2 Junkers Ju-88 A-1 (Wikipedia claims 3) 2 Dornier Do-215B 3 ...
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Was Isserson a good commander on the field?

Isserson was not a field commander, but rather an army staff officer. He held the following positions in the military: 1918-21: Political commissar 1923-24: Head of Intelligence for the Western Front'...
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What were the postwar non-military uses of the Rolls-Royce built Merlin Engines in Britain?

Most of the military Merlins were scrapped. They had been built for performance as the highest priority, with the expectation that none would serve more than a few hundred hours before the aircraft ...
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How important was the US steel industry to the allies during World War II?

A huge subject upon which much has been written and which would require considerable mining to even produce the barest meaningful statistical data. Without buying some obscure and expensive tomes, as ...
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How important was the US steel industry to the allies during World War II?

For the UK at least, not insubstantial: the available wartime steel supply was boosted by a dramatic increase in net steel imports. In the interwar period, the UK was typically a net exporter of ...
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Why were medium bombers so low in numbers in Allied air forces?

It is worth noting that a Mosquito could carry a greater bomb load to Berlin that the heaviest of the non-British heavy bombers. The existence of such a light-medium-heavy bomber, night-fighter, ... ...
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Why were medium bombers so low in numbers in Allied air forces?

I believe here are two factors that made heavy bombers more attractive: They had a much longer range. Bomb attacks would generally launch from England and have to cross the channel in order to hit ...
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Why were medium bombers so low in numbers in Allied air forces?

The US produced 16,028 medium bombers (e.g., B-25, RB-25, PBJ, B-26, RB-26, TB-26, JM, B-34, RB-34, PV, B-23, RB-37) plus 13,651 what were termed “Light Bombers” of the twin engine variety (e.g., A-20,...
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What is this glyph on Feb 23 1940 in a Finnish military calendar?

Look at the right side. You can make out the print from the opposing side. For March 1st (7 days later), there is a sign that looks like a half of that round sign, and on March 9th (15 days later), it ...
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Why was Jean Chiappe given the job of High Commissioner of the Levant in 1940?

I don't read French and I don't think much has been published about this question. However, I think we can safely say that Chiappe would have been expected to be strongly loyal to the Vichy regime, ...
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Were there public executions of Nazi collaborators in the Netherlands?

No, all executions were done in prison, military barracks or execution grounds Most of the executions took place on the Waalsdorpervlakte (in Dutch). Those executions were done on court orders, ...
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Why were so many Soviet films shot in 1938–39 about a future German invasion?

TL;DR the Soviet Union was preparing for war against Nazi Germany, on a timeline that exceeded the span of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This is discussed in some detail in this thesis by Olga ...
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What was the Japanese or Axis motivation to drag US into the War?

Hitler's Fatal Miscalculation, by Klaus H Schmider (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is a detailed examination of the information Hitler had at the point he declared war on the USA on 11th December ...
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