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George Duncan's Historical Facts of WW2
* Dedicated to all those who took part in World War II * ^ | Various | George Duncan

Posted on 08/28/2011 4:51:54 PM PDT by macquire

Just spent the last 45 minutes reading about various assassination attempts against Hitler, dozens of atrocities by the Japanese, Nazi women, and one heck of a lot of lesser known facts of WW2.


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If you have some time and an interest in WW2 this is a great website.
1 posted on 08/28/2011 4:51:57 PM PDT by macquire
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To: macquire; Pan_Yan

Leni Riefenstahl was a member of GREENPEACE!!!!!!

hahahahahaha


2 posted on 08/28/2011 5:05:03 PM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: macquire

Very interesting.
My Dad was stationed in Panama, and my fatherIL flew as a civilian after being in the Navy twenty minutes.
I have booked mark the site.


3 posted on 08/28/2011 5:08:46 PM PDT by svcw
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To: svcw

I keep finding stuff I never knew:

TRIGGER OF THE WAR

Hitler’s revenge for Germany’s defeat of 1918 brought about the cataclysm that was Europe between 1939 and 1945. The incident which triggered World War II was the fake simulated attack by the Germans on their own radio station near Gleiwitz on the Polish border. To make it appear that the attacking force consisted of Poles, SS officer Alfred Naujocks secured some condemned German criminals from a nearby concentration (protective custody) camp and dressed them in Polish uniforms before being shot and their bodies placed in strategic positions around the radio station. A Polish-speaking German then did a broadcast from the station to make it appear that Poland had attacked first. On January 26, 1934, Germany and Poland signed a ten year non-aggression pact but the refusal of Poland to comply with Germany’s request for the return of Danzig and the Polish Corridor, which was granted to Poland in the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, led to the Gleiwitz incident. Hitler had stated ‘Danzig was German and sooner or later would return to Germany’.

This gave Hitler the excuse he needed to invade Poland, which he did on September 1, 1939, an act which was to develop into a war embracing 56 nations and causing the deaths of some 55,014,000 persons, military and civilians. About 85 million men and women of all nationalities served as combatants in this, the world’s first total war, in which more than twice as many civilians died than did uniformed soldiers.

THE FIRST SHOT

The first shot of World War II in Europe was fired 20 years, 9 months, 19 days and 18 hours after the last shot of World War I was fired. It was fired from the 13,000 ton German gunnery training battleship Schleswig Holstein (Captain Gustav Kleikamp) which was on a visit to Poland to honour the sailors lost on the German cruiser Magdeburg sunk in 1914, some of whom were buried in Danzig. It was anchored in Danzig (now Gdansk) harbour at the mouth of the River Vistula. At 4.30 am on September 1, 1939, the ship moved slowly down the Port Canal and took up position opposite the Westerplatte (an area containing Polish troop barracks, munition storage and workshops) and at 4.47 am, at point blank range, the order to “Fire!” was given. World War II had begun. Seven days later, on September 7, after a heroic defence by Major Henryk Sucharski and his troops, and a devastating attack by Stuka dive bombers, the 209 man strong Westerplatte Garrison surrendered.


4 posted on 08/28/2011 5:11:52 PM PDT by macquire
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The brief Hitler biography brought to mind the story of Hitler’s Irish born nephew, William Patrick Hitler, who went to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1943. According to contemporaneous newspaper accounts, when he went to enlistment office, the recruiting officer returned his greeting with, “Glad to meet ya, Hitler, my name is Hess.”


5 posted on 08/28/2011 5:13:06 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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EMBARRASSING SWASTIKA TREES In 1937, a local businessman, an ardent follower of Adolf Hitler, planted a 60 by 60 metre area of Larch trees in a forest near the town of Zernikow about 110 km north of Berlin. The trees were planted in the shape and format of a Swastika and could only be seen from the air. During Autumn, when the Larch trees changed their colour to orange and yellow they stood out strikingly against a green forest of surrounding pine trees. Discovered many years after the war, this long-forgotten symbol of the Nazi era was finally removed by cutting down 27 of the 57 trees that made up the Swastika design. This was done in 2001 by the Brandenburg State Forest authorities. Local farmer, Joachim Schultz, remarked "It was quite embarrassing, we were afraid that it would become a pilgrimage site". Displaying the Swastika symbol is forbidden in Germany today. Owning a copy of Hitler's book 'Mein Kampf' a copy of which was presented to all newly married couples, is permitted but with certain reservations, i.e. it is illegal to buy or sell it. . .
6 posted on 08/28/2011 5:14:46 PM PDT by macquire
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To: macquire

Related - an assessment of what an invasion of Japan would have looked like:

http://www.webwizpro.com/1945InvasionofJapan.html

Little Boy and Fat Man saved the lives of TENS OF MILLIONS of Japanese.


7 posted on 08/28/2011 5:16:28 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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Yes. My dad was fresh off of battling at Luzon. He was on a troop transport headed as part of the invasion force. When they dropped the bombs and japan surrendered he was part of the Army of Occupation and his ship had some of the first to see Japan after it fell. He recalled driving in a jeep through Nagasaki and it was just total devastation. He said Japan had even been training kids to use pitchforks or anything available to attack Americans landing at the beaches.


8 posted on 08/28/2011 5:22:39 PM PDT by macquire
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To: macquire

Great link, thanks for posting it.

Here is another interesting fact I only realized in the last few years: in the battle for Guadalcanal in 1942, three times as many sailors died in the fighting around the island than Marines who died on the island.

US Navy: 5,041 killed and 2,953 wounded. (that isn’t a transposition...the number killed far exceeded the number wounded)

USMC and US Army: 1,769 killed and 4,283 wounded.

After reading many books on battles fought around the Solomon Islands, what happened to the crew of the USS Indianapolis was not a unique occurrence.


9 posted on 08/28/2011 5:29:42 PM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: macquire
The well known and respected Frankfurter Zeitung was allowed to flourish but its Jewish owners were sacked.

I worked for a guy whose father had been the editor of the Frankfurter Zeitung, roughly the equivalent of the New York Times, in prestige prior to the War. The family escaped and the son served as an enlisted man in the U.S. Army in the Pacific. Helluva nice guy, and smart as a whip.

10 posted on 08/28/2011 5:32:49 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I wonder if the Zeitung had their own Walter Duranty?


11 posted on 08/28/2011 5:54:58 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: macquire

Thank you very much, macquire.


12 posted on 08/28/2011 6:26:28 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: macquire

Very interesting...


13 posted on 08/28/2011 7:02:11 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: macquire

Thanks.


14 posted on 08/28/2011 7:12:32 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: macquire

One of the interesting things was that one of the first things the Germans did in Poland was to post an honor guard at the gravesite of Marshall Pilsudski, makes you wonder how different things might have been, had Pilsudski survived.


15 posted on 08/28/2011 7:19:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nkycincinnatikid
I wonder if the Zeitung had their own Walter Duranty?

I have no idea, but the son was as an intelligent and intellectually honest person as I've ever known.

16 posted on 08/28/2011 7:33:34 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

That is a very, very fine testimonial.
You are a good friend.


17 posted on 08/31/2011 3:53:53 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: nkycincinnatikid

I’m been lucky, I’ve had wonderful friends.


18 posted on 08/31/2011 5:02:51 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: nkycincinnatikid

I should add, knowing a lot of Holocaust survivors has immunized for life against antisemitism. The worst sort of scum killed the finest people ever.


19 posted on 08/31/2011 5:04:53 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

And the 10 or so million Ukranians?
They might not have been very fine, of course, but do you consider their lives had any value?


20 posted on 08/31/2011 5:32:37 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: nkycincinnatikid

Same thing. I knew a couple of Ukrainians my age in college. (They were born in DP camps in Germany, and later moved to the States with their parents.) Talking to them helped make me a life long anti-Soviet and also help form my anti-statist worldview. Same with Poles and Baltic people. Read my profile. I grew up in Queens in the 1950’s, where you came in contact with a lot of refugees from Nazism and Communism.


21 posted on 09/01/2011 3:04:25 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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