What have you learned about WW2 recently?

Discussion in 'General' started by dbf, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Jba45ww2

    Jba45ww2 Patron Patron

    I just finished reading "Countdown to D-Day The German Perspective" by Peter Margaritis. One new thing that I came across was that both sons of Grand Admiral Donitz were killed in WW2. I remember reading somewhere that his first son Peter was killed when his Uboat that he was serving on was sunk in the North Atlantic in 1943. I found out that his second son Klaus was not authorized to have any parts of any dangerous missions. On his 24th birthday, Klaus was invited by the crew of Schnellboot S-141 to be a part of a 10 boat night patrol. As they patrolled of Selsey Bill point they are sunk by the Free French Destroyer La Combattante and Klause's body eventually washes up on the French Coast. Donitz vows revenge on the British.

    One of those "twists of fate things" that made me wonder how many other high ranking officials on both sides had children serving in harms way?
     
  2. Ewen Scott

    Ewen Scott Member

    It is also worth remembering that there is a failure rate for all fuses. So what does not go bang at altitude may well go bang on returning to mother earth. So not just shrapnel falling.
     
  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

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  4. Jba45ww2

    Jba45ww2 Patron Patron

    Agree, not sure I would give him the keys to the castle
     
  5. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Well, as a "Hospital Corpsman" he doesn't seem to have had any great role. But he does come across as a rat.
     

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