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SOME WW2 FACTS.......In 1944–5, five million Germans fled from the eastern parts of the Reich in the face of the Red Army.......... Between 1945 and 1948, post-liberation regimes in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia and Hungary expelled another seven million members of their German minorities.............Had Stauffenberg's bomb succeeded in killing Hitler, it is unlikely that the military coup planned to follow it would have moved the leading conspirators smoothly into power. ..........Large parts of the army, the SS and the NSDAP would have resisted by force of arms, and a civil war would have been the most probable result. ...........Canada produced more trucks than Germany, Italy and Japan COMBINED..........Germany had total military casualties of 4,429,875 men during WW2. Nearly 80% of these casualties were lost to Russia..........For every aircraft shot down in battle, another aircraft was lost due to a accident..........The Polish Army had broken the German Enigma code prior to being overrun. They were able to send a pre-war cipher (Stolen from the Germans) before being completely taken over.........More Russians died in the siege of one city (Leningrad) than the entire armies of the US and Britain COMBINED..........Stalin killed more people than Hitler during purges of undesirables. Stalin killed a estimated total of 25 million people versus Hitlers 12 million during WW2 (6 Million of which were Jews, during the Holocaust)..........Up until 1940, there was a well established Nazi party operating in the United States. Among the supporters, Henry Ford, was one of the most notable members. He financially backed the party and Hitler himself with several million dollars. This of course ceased when the US become more involved in the war, especially after Pearl Harbor..........When the US declared war on Japan in 1941, there were a total of 1,000 nurses in the Army Corps. By the end of the war there were a total of 60,000 – less than 1% of these nurses were black..........In 1939, Finland was attacked by the USSR, a nation with 41 times the population of Finland. During the war the USSR suffered well over half a million casualties (Khruschev stated at one point his estimate was nearly 1 million casualties) compared to Finland’s 70,000 casualties. This represents the most lop-sided casualties of any large scale conflict in history..........Germany nearly won the war against the USSR. In late 1941, the USSR sent a feeler committee (Beria) to Germany. Stalin was willing to hand over Ukraine along with much of the territory won by the German army till late 1941.......... The feeler committee stated that the Germans believed that the USSR was near collapse and did not want to negotiate terms of peace...........
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Many Faces Of Men Of The Wehrmacht

2 comments:

  1. The soldier in the 2nd photo is Waffen-SS - not a part of the Wehrmacht. You can see part of the SS stiching on his lapel above the hilt of his knife.

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  2. You are right. He was Waffen-SS and had served in Russia. This photo was taken by Nazi photographers just after his group had ambushed an Allied column in the Battle of the Bulge. His name has been debated but the most recent, and credible answer is Hans Tragarsky.
    He survived the war, never realizing his photo had become iconic. A very lucky man he survived the war and lived out his life in Germany. He died in January of 2011.

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