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Mar 26th, 2015 11:54 PM
NoppaNoppa
Re: WW II thread

The German Chancellor has refused an invitation to Russia's annual Victory Day parade. Many Western leaders are expected to boycott the event, but Kim Jong-Un is set to attend.

Merkel won't attend Moscow WWII Victory Day parade

also...

2015-03-25 Finnish President declines Moscow’s Victory Day invitation

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Sauli Niinist÷ will not be attending Moscow's Victory Day celebrations owing to the Ukraine conflic and the tense international situation that is has led to.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited many heads of state to the Victory Day celebrations in May, which will be more festive than usual to mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe in 1945 when Nazi-led Germany surrendered to the then-Soviet Union and Western Allies.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also announced that she will not be attending Moscow's Victory Day parade.

Niinist÷’s press secretary Liina Aulin told Yle that Russia's state leadership was informed about the Finnish President's decision on Tuesday.
Aug 23rd, 2014 01:16 PM
NoppaNoppa
Re: WW II thread

With Krimea voting to join Russia 96-4%. Good to remember that Poles voted to join Russia by very similar margin, after they were attacked from two fronts in 1939. First by Germany. And after smelling easy victory, by Soviet Union as well.

I know plenty of WW2, but that must have been only case where BOTH parties attacked same nation How can one defend against that onslaught? By retreating! First to South and from there to France. After that too went bad. To Britain, where Polish fighter pilots took home about 12% of wins in the "Battle of Britain". They amounted for 5% of pilots. No wonder that nowadays "modern armies" like ISIS slaugher every capable men that they catch
Aug 22nd, 2014 09:04 PM
miffedmax
Re: WW II thread

We're also in the midst of the same anniversary of the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, the Soviet victory against a Japanese "border incursion" into Mongolia that convinced the Japanese military that they were better off expanding into the Pacific and taking on the Colonial powers of France and Britain than the USSR. Eventually, of course, that led them to conclude that war with the US was inevitable, and that sinking our fleet would be a good idea.
Aug 22nd, 2014 08:03 PM
*JR*
Re: WW II thread

Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of the Molotov - Ribbentrop Pact (cooperation between the USSR and the Third Reich) that lasted 22 months, letting Hitler focus on Western Europe.

http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-08-2...d-75-years-ago

In fact the audio explains the origin of the term Molotov Cocktail, coined by the Finns during the events that followed this truce.
Aug 6th, 2014 05:22 PM
Punky
Re: WW II thread

The queen of Holland is being asked to convert to Islam in the opening of a concert... The musicians are leaving and everybody is shocked.

http://safeshare.tv/w/cqjiYhtiXs

Norway deports record number of Muslims to reduce crime

http://europenews.dk/en/node/76620

Syria: Muslims force Christian to accept Islam, then behead him

http://pamelageller.com/2014/08/syri...m-behead.html/

i got those 3 links from my friend marry and she asked me, are those war winds?

makes you think, its little hard for an Optimistic like me to stay positive.



Albert Einstein " I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but world War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Jun 13th, 2014 06:44 PM
fantic
Re: WW II thread

Petain praised turret guns and fixed fortification sys. for the successful defence of Verdun whereas conventionak artillery did more damage. His account inflienced the Maginot line
May 6th, 2014 12:28 PM
Corswandt
Re: WW II thread

So many familiar place names on the news again for the worst reasons: Slavyansk, Kramatorsk... Not to mention Odessa.
May 6th, 2014 11:34 AM
tennisprince
Re: WW II thread

Im from Glasgow and apparently where my local Morrisons is it used to be just wasteland back during WW2 and it was used as a dumping ground for dead bodies. I feel eary when I walk into my local supermarket when I found that out.
May 5th, 2014 02:56 PM
miffedmax
Re: WW II thread

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It's a conjecture If that had happened, who knows, there might have been no Poland..



Eva Asderaki?

You're not saying that your friend is related to...?

I'm not sure I read it through before but am planning to read Richard Evans' 'Coming of the third Reich'
No. Just that Germans are as prone to naming their kids after dubious "celebrities" as the rest of us (or at least Americans).

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Going to read Glantz's Barbarossa after finishing Atkinson's 3rd vol. of Liberation Trilogy.

Wonder how decisive Lend Lease was for USSR. How crucial were those Jeeps, Trucks, and Spams?

And according to Atkinson the Allies at the Western Front experienced serious fuel shortages..
From my understanding, the raw materials (including 100,000s of tons of steel, rubber, food, aluminum, etc.) was far more decisive than the actual finished goods--aside from boots.

Yes, boys and girls, there was a time when American shoe companies made shoes in America and exported them!
May 5th, 2014 07:32 AM
fantic
Re: WW II thread

Going to read Glantz's Barbarossa after finishing Atkinson's 3rd vol. of Liberation Trilogy.

Wonder how decisive Lend Lease was for USSR. How crucial were those Jeeps, Trucks, and Spams?

And according to Atkinson the Allies at the Western Front experienced serious fuel shortages..
May 4th, 2014 03:50 PM
miffedmax
Re: WW II thread

My 30 second Google search said 18 divisions, starting in Sept.

Which IMHO is pretty decent, being six corps, roughly. Even 12 divisions would be roughly four corps. Enough to play a significant part in the fight for Moscow, but yeah, not enough to break the back of the Nazi war machine.

The winter was probably as important as anything else, what with the German supply lines (horse drawn) literally freezing to death.
May 4th, 2014 11:33 AM
Corswandt
Re: WW II thread

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True. Nonetheless, given the difficulty of moving troops with Russia's transport system and the ineptitude of the Soviet military, Sorge's intelligence made the timely movement of the troops possible. Indeed, if the Soviets had listened to him sooner they might not have been pushed to the suburbs of Moscow.
True, as most of Soviet rail transport was taken up with the transfer of industrial assets to the Urals and beyond. Unlike other decision-makers at the time, the Soviets were anticipating a long war.

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And the number of troops was about equal to an Army Group, which is pretty significant.
The source I was using mentions only the formations that were sent straight to the critical Moscow sector in early October, and those were a less than a dozen of divisions. The bigger totals are lifted from sources that list every formation sent West from the summer of 1941 to the summer of 1942.

In-depth discussion (found after a 30 sec Google search ) here:

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtop...?f=79&t=131052

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtop...?f=79&t=149223
May 4th, 2014 07:43 AM
fantic
Re: WW II thread

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One doesn't joke about WWII and bolsheviks in my country
It's a conjecture If that had happened, who knows, there might have been no Poland..

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Originally Posted by miffedmax View Post
One of my best friends had a daughter named Eva who is named after her grandmother Eva who was named after yep, that Eva.
Eva Asderaki?

You're not saying that your friend is related to...?

I'm not sure I read it through before but am planning to read Richard Evans' 'Coming of the third Reich'
May 4th, 2014 05:41 AM
miffedmax
Re: WW II thread

One of my best friends had a daughter named Eva who is named after her grandmother Eva who was named after yep, that Eva.
May 4th, 2014 04:17 AM
Monzanator
Re: WW II thread

One doesn't joke about WWII and bolsheviks in my country
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