What have you learned about WW2 recently?

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

  1. hellohelenhere

    hellohelenhere Junior Member

    I should clarify that I don't mean the ATS - but the Patrols and Special Duties Sections of the highly secret 'Auxiliary Units', a guerilla army mostly of civilians, set up in case of invasion. They were a 'stay behind' force whose purpose was to harass and sabotage the Germans from occupied territory - with an estimated life expectancy of 14 days.
     
  2. Owen

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  3. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Member

    I've learned that, no matter how much I read, there is always something new. I was in the bookstore this weekend and could have bought all the books available. *sigh* There are so many things I don't know...
     
  4. hellohelenhere

    hellohelenhere Junior Member

    Lou, I hardly dare look at the WWII section in a proper bookshop! I've recently found that awesomebooks.com can be excellent value if they have what you want. Also if you're after something specific, it's worth checking Ebay. I just bought 'The Last Ditch' there very cheaply, but couldn't have got it for less than about £16 on Amazon. (They have it on 'pre-order' for just over £8, but it isn't coming out till September! bit cheeky!) AND awesomebooks is not owned by Amazon, like abebooks is these days. I like to avoid the monopolies when I can. :)
     
  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    awesomebooks

    Is that the company with the warehouse in Wallingford ?
     
  6. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Member

    Most of my WW2 books are on my Nook. That way, I have no storage issues. We currently have about 1500 books around. Probably 200-300 are war related. Most of my recent titles are Barnes&Noble, so they can go right in my queue. I'll have a look at awesome books as well. Do they have US prices or is it only UK prices? There's still so much I don't know.
     
  7. hellohelenhere

    hellohelenhere Junior Member

    Not sure if Awesome books have a USA site - they certainly have a 'charge in dollars' option - and it says 'free delivery to North America for two items or more'. Worth having a look around.
     
  8. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

  9. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Member

    I second Jeff. There is so much I don't know, and this is another. A very good read.
     
  10. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

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  11. Blueberry

    Blueberry Son of Canadians

    I've memorized a lot, I mean A LOT of the names of Tanks from playing the game, World of Tanks!
     
  12. aurora-7

    aurora-7 Junior Member

    Sorry, meant for this to be a new thread. I posted is as such under 'General'.
     
  13. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

  14. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    ....that although Germany regarded it as a three-mile limit - Sweden actually claimed a four-mile limit to her territorial waters as of 1939....and had done for the previous two centuries!...

    Which meant that when the Kriegsmarine began laying the Undine I, II, and III minefields on the 4th of September 1939 - Undine II was INSIDE what Sweden claimed as her territorial water. On that day, a Greek vessel the Kosti, either ignoring or not seeing signals put out by the German minlayers (some debate on this) turned into the mineifled, struck a mine and sank just off the Falsterbo lightship - inside Sweden's claimed territorial waters.
     
  15. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    today I learned about Broken Infantry Assault badges

    "Breaking the assault badge was commonly done
    by the Stalingrad veterans as a indication that
    earning the assault badge in Stalingrad was a
    different level of achievement than earning it
    somewhere else."

    Does this mean they have a higher or lesser collectable value?
     
  16. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    hy dbf .re; your posting.22-10-2010.09;12pm. what have you learned about ww2.recently.it is a never ending story.and it will continue to be.have a good day,a valid question.all the best bernard85
     
  17. summerdannys

    summerdannys Member

    I did not know about this until today.

    Merci Train - Home Page

    I was humbled by it.


    Fascinating, Ive just learnt something new today, thanks for sharing
     
  18. reddevon

    reddevon Member

    I recently discovered that at the end of the war millions of German soldiers died in captivity at the hands of the Allies.
     
  19. bigmal

    bigmal Member

    I`m currently learning about the activities of PPA in North Africa and Italy.
    Just finished Popski`s own book and almost finished Ben Owens book.
    Both are excellent reads.
     
  20. Combover

    Combover Guest

    WW2 'Gnat' (accoustic homing) torpedos would not be able to find a target if the ship it was fired at was doing less than 7 or more then 21 knots. However, most escorts cruised a zig-zag pattern at between 12 and 14 knots, which made them prime targets.
     

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