What have you learned about WW2 recently?

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

  1. Jon Horley

    Jon Horley Member

    I learned right on here that Darwin was bombed by the Japanese - my history lessons at school back in the 1950s and 60s concentrated on British royalty and Ancient Rome - nothing about either world war, and definitely nothing about Australia being attacked. (In fact, in the very brief period since joining, I've learned more on here about WWII than anywhere/anything else. Top info here.)
  2. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I have learned that the WW2 British Uniform designs are not as easy to understand as at first sight.

    So many variations worn as changes were made and old stocks used up.

  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin


    I too went to school around the same time and no WW1 or WW2 History was taught.

    Perhaps too much of a recent memory, particularly WW2 where most of our class's father's were in the services.

  4. obtwt

    obtwt Member

    I just recently learned about the airwar over Poland 1939 and that the polish air force was NOT defeated at once on the ground but flew for quite some time during the "Polenfeldzug".
  5. spidge


    I learnt today than an Australian. Bruce Dowding was part of the Pat Line working with Albert-Marie Edmond Guérisse (Lieutenant-Commander Patrick O'Leary) however a sad demise was in store for him.

    See more here.
    CHRISTOPHER A LONG - SOE, MI9 & Bruce Dowding

    SOE, MI9, Bruce Dowding & Pat Line
    By Peter Dowding (1998)
    [​IMG] The following account of the escape and evasion exploits of Bruce Dowding in World War ll France, including his experiences with Pat O'Leary, Dr George Rodocanachi, Ian Garrow and others in Marseilles, was sent to me by Peter Dowding.
    Kenneth Bruce Dowding (Bruce) was born in Melbourne Victoria Australia on the 4 May 1914 . His father was John McCallum Dowding (b. 28.11.1880) and his mother Margaret Kate née Walsh (b. 25.03.1880). He had two brothers: Mervyn (b. 1910) and Keith (b. 1912). Bruce was educated at the Glenhuntly State School where he was Dux in 1925. From 1926 to (?) he attended (?) and then, in 1929, went to Wesley College Melbourne.

    Read more at the link above:
  6. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details
    Name Dowding, Bruce
    Rank: Corporal
    Service No: 131722
    Regiment: Intelligence Corps
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: The London Omnibus List for Gallant and Distinguished Services in the Field
    Award: Mention-in-Despatches
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 05 December 1946
    Date 1946
    Catalogue reference WO 373/102

    Attached Files:

  7. spidge


  8. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Just finishing reading Wings on Windermere: The History of the Lake District's Forgotten Flying Boat Factory White: Amazon.co.uk: Allan King: Books
    and found an fascinating brief chapter in it. Titled Sunderland EJ155 vs Uboat U-387, it examines an attack by the 330 Squadron Sunderland on the U boat on July 19th 1944. The part I found interesting is the account is drawn from 330 Squadron's Operational Record Book and U-387's log book and published side by side so you compare the two accounts of the attack.
  9. JJS

    JJS Senior Member

    I was very surprised to learn recently that antibiotics only started to be mass produced during WW2, even though they had been in use for about 15 years before! Shocked also to learn just how many lives were lost due to the shortage of them during the war years.
  10. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    That 2.2 million Indian Civillians served during WW2.
  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    I learned that Germany took over 100,000 Carcano rifles back to Germany after the Italian armistice. They were issued to the Volksstum in the final phase of the war. The most interesting part, for me, is that many were rechambered to the 7.9 Mauser round with the magazines blanked off so that were only single shots. Desperate measures.
  12. The rumour about burnt German corpses washing up on the south coast in 1940 seems to have a counter-part: did some Japanese land on Australia's north coast in 1942...
  13. arnhem44

    arnhem44 Member

    I have encountered it a few times before in a few POW books , but it always amazes me how little comradeship there was between allied POW menof different nationalities in especially jap camps, but you see it also in Colditz.
    Little or no contact, but instead a lot of distrust between brits, Ozzies, Dutch, Americans, local colonials (Kulis) , etc.
    Everyone to themselves.
    Distrust especially from lower ranks, but -more importantly - also between higher ranking officers of different nations...they should have known better.
    ..Occasionally an army doctor of the one would lend or borrow something from the other, but that was kind of the limit.

    No real "allied" spirit in the (jap) POW camps.
  14. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I've learnt you can't discuss the SS without upsetting someone or other.
  16. L J

    L J Senior Member

    I have learned that the internet still is swarming of people believing WWiII myths and Reader Digest stories,as:
    -the Italians were worthless
    -after Dunkirk,the British Army was inexistent
  17. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    before watching an edition of Heir Hunters
    this week I had never heard of HMS Curacoa
    and her sinking by collision with SS Queen Mary ...
  18. Blastmaster1972

    Blastmaster1972 Junior Member

    I realised that the remnants of WWII are sometimes closer to home than we think...

    After visiting the Bulge since childhood, and more recently Normandy, I found a renewed interest to the happenings closer to home.

    Kind regards,

  19. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    this week I was surprised to learn that
    at the end of the war the Panzerlied
    became the battle hymn of the 2nd
    Regiment of the French Foreign Legion
    (with lyrics changed)
  20. hellohelenhere

    hellohelenhere Junior Member

    I haven't read all 11 pages, so not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but my biggest discovery lately has been the Auxiliary Units - I'd never heard of them before! There are only a handful of books on the subject - reading one at the moment - 'With Britain in Mortal Danger', by John Warwicker - and awaiting delivery of another, 'The Last Ditch' by David Lampe. The utter secrecy of the project seems to have endured a long time, and I do wonder if that's because some of the projected activities were less than savoury; eliminating collaborators/informers, for example...

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