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tigertalon
03-01-2006, 08:01 PM
...that the only nation that Germany declared war on in WW2 was the USA?

...that the average German officer slot had to be refilled 9.2 times?

...that at the time of Pearl Harbor, the top US Navy command was called CINCUS (pronounced "sink us"), the shoulder patch of the US Army's 45th Infantry division was the swastika, and Hitler's private train was named "Amerika"? All three were soon changed for PR purposes.

...that among the first "Germans" captured at Normandy were several Koreans? They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army until they were capture by the US Army.

...that following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 US and Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska? 21 troops were killed in the fire-fight. It would have been worse if there had been Japanese on the island.

...that Germany lost 40-45% of their aircraft during World War 2 to accidents?

...that 3 or 4 ground men were wounded for each killed, while 6 bomber crewmen were killed for each one wounded?

...the highest ranking American killed was Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps?

...that the first German serviceman killed in the war was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937)?

...that the first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940)?

...80% of Soviet males born in 1923 didn't survive World War 2?

more interesting stuff at http://www.world-war-2.info/

tigertalon
03-01-2006, 08:01 PM
...that the only nation that Germany declared war on in WW2 was the USA?

...that the average German officer slot had to be refilled 9.2 times?

...that at the time of Pearl Harbor, the top US Navy command was called CINCUS (pronounced "sink us"), the shoulder patch of the US Army's 45th Infantry division was the swastika, and Hitler's private train was named "Amerika"? All three were soon changed for PR purposes.

...that among the first "Germans" captured at Normandy were several Koreans? They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army until they were capture by the US Army.

...that following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 US and Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska? 21 troops were killed in the fire-fight. It would have been worse if there had been Japanese on the island.

...that Germany lost 40-45% of their aircraft during World War 2 to accidents?

...that 3 or 4 ground men were wounded for each killed, while 6 bomber crewmen were killed for each one wounded?

...the highest ranking American killed was Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps?

...that the first German serviceman killed in the war was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937)?

...that the first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940)?

...80% of Soviet males born in 1923 didn't survive World War 2?

more interesting stuff at http://www.world-war-2.info/

danjama
03-01-2006, 08:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by tigertalon:
...that among the first "Germans" captured at Normandy were several Koreans? They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army until they were capture by the US Army.


...that Germany lost 40-45% of their aircraft during World War 2 to accidents?

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Thank god the krauts were a clumsy bunch!

tigertalon
03-01-2006, 08:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by danjama:
Thank god the krauts were a clumsy bunch! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sure they were. 10 of them managed to destroy mere 2500 aircraft combined.

jds1978
03-01-2006, 08:41 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">...that following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 US and Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska? 21 troops were killed in the fire-fight. It would have been worse if there had been Japanese on the island. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

true...my great uncle was among them

berg417448
03-01-2006, 08:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by danjama:


...that Germany lost 40-45% of their aircraft during World War 2 to accidents?

</div></BLOCKQUOTE>



The loss rate due to accidents was quite high for all air forces at that time.

Corsair_Fanatic
03-01-2006, 09:26 PM
Those 109's and their tricksy undercarrages. Whoopsie. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

R_Target
03-01-2006, 09:34 PM
I hadn't heard the one about the Koreans.

arcadeace
03-01-2006, 09:49 PM
good post, some very interesting stuff

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">..that 3 or 4 ground men were wounded for each killed, while 6 bomber crewmen were killed for each one wounded? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

LEXX_Luthor
03-01-2006, 10:20 PM
Here's some...

First WW2 (1939+) air-air victory was made by Ju-87 (against P.11c taking off). The -87 and -11c pilots met decades later in friendship.

First air-air kill on Easter Front was I-153. Or so I read.

In both cases, we "expect" Bf-109 to make the first kill. But, life never works like we expect it to.


berg:: <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The loss rate due to accidents was quite high for all air forces at that time. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
That's what we tried to point out in the wobble threads.

KraljMatjaz
03-02-2006, 09:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by tigertalon:
...that at the time of Pearl Harbor, the top US Navy command was called CINCUS (pronounced "sink us"), the shoulder patch of the US Army's 45th Infantry division was the swastika, and Hitler's private train was named "Amerika"? All three were soon changed for PR purposes. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


my fav. thx for link! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Airmail109
03-02-2006, 10:06 AM
Taling about German fighter aces, saw an interview with Galland on TV, i dunno kind of sent a shiver down my spine knowing how good a pilot he was....

Cworth
03-02-2006, 10:11 AM
I found this to be a good one considering we have them in game...

-It was a common practice on fighter planes to load every 5th found with a tracer round to aid in aiming. That was a mistake. The tracers had different ballistics so (at long range) if your tracers were hitting the target, 80% of your rounds were missing. Worse yet, the tracers instantly told your enemy he was under fire and from which direction. Worst of all was the practice of loading a string of tracers at the end of the belt to tell you that you were out of ammo. That was definitely not something you wanted to tell the enemy. Units that stopped using tracers saw their success rate nearly double and their loss rate go down.