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Operation Barbarossa Erros And Blunders

Operation Barbarossa – The Major Errors and Blunders

Intro Well, this is basically a follow-up video on my second video that I originally wanted to release quite early on, well more than 50 videos, 800 000 views and 20 000 subscribers later, here we go. The major error and blunders of the Hitler and his generals during the planning and execution of Operation Barbarossa. Hitler & His Generals …

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Hearts Of Iron 4 Historical Division Infantry Division Layouts Early War

HOI 4 – Historical Infantry Division Layouts – Early War #Hearts of Iron

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyQmhrVKsc0 Intro In this video I will cover several Infantry Division Layouts from World War II. Although certain parts of the content is tailored for Hearts of Iron players most of the information is military history, only the initial remarks are mostly Hearts of Iron and methodology specific, so just skip ahead on click on the annotation on the screen. …

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Us Army Armored Division Organization And Structure World War 2

US Army Armored Division – Organization & Structure – World War 2 #Visualization

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru1_RxeGs5k Intro In total the United States raised 16 armored division in World War 2. In September 1943 fourteen of those were reorganized, these are sometimes called the „light“ armored divisions, although this name is a bit misleading, because the main difference was in size and not the equipped tanks. So let’s take a closer look. (Source: Stanton, Shelby L.: …

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Italian Armed Forces And Industry In Early World War 2

Italian Forces and Industry in Early World War 2 (1939-1940)

Intro Prior to World War 2 both Hitler and Mussolini were boasting about their military forces to each other. Mussolini announced in 1934 that he can mobilize 6 Million soldiers, in 1936 he increased the number to 8 million and in 1939 to 12 million. (Schreiber, Gerhard: S. 54, in Deutsche Reich und der Zweite Weltkrieg, Band 3) If those …

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Why Did Axis Aces Have So Many Kills

Why did the German Aces have so many air kills?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVqL6TcXM6E Intro When it comes to World War 2 many people often cite the high kill numbers of German and Japanese Pilots. The problem is they usually try to use these numbers to make various points on how effective the Axis forces were, well, there are many problems with this. Luckily the third most successful German ace of World War …

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Why The Japanese Air Forces Failed In World War 2

Why the Imperial Japanese Air Forces Failed in World War 2

Intro The Second World War to a large degree was determined by the disparity of the economic capacities and manpower between the Axis and the Allies. Yet, solely looking at production numbers and men can lead to a deterministic or even fatalistic interpretation that prevents us from looking at other factors that also played a vital role in the defeat …

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Atlantic Wall Atlantikwall Example Of A Coastal Defense Position

Atlantic Wall – Example of a Coastal Defense Position (Atlantikwall)

Background The Atlantic Wall or “Atlantikwall” in German was an extensive system of coastal defences and fortifications reaching from the South of France to the Northern parts of Norway. In some areas the defenses were quite formidable, whereas in others areas they were lacking. In this video I give you a short overview on the French parts of the Atlantic …

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Arado Ar 234 First Jet Bomber Variants

Arado Ar 234 – The First Jet Bomber and some special Variants

Intro The Arado 234 was the first operational jet-powered bomber in the world. Only a little more than 200 were built, even less saw actual combat. Nevertheless, it earned its place in aviation history and is worshipped by some members of the War Thunder community as a deity. The initial studies for the Arado 234 were started as early as …

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Battle Of Britain Fighting Balance Of Force

Battle Of Britain – The Fighting & Balance of Force

Intro – Fuzziness: Phases & Geography The Battle of Britain is like a cuddly toy, it is popular, everybody wants to touch it and it’s very fuzzy. Or as professor Overy put it: “Most battles have a clear shape to them. They start on a particular day, they are fought on a geographically defined ground, they end at a recognizable …

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Yorktown Vs Shokaku Class Carriers Uss Enterprise Hijms Zuikaku

Yorktown vs. Shokaku class Carriers – USS Enterprise vs. IJN Zuikaku

Intro In Mid 1942 two of the most modern aircraft carriers in the US Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy were the USS Enterprise and the HIJMS Zuikaku. So let’s take a look their dimensions, defensive capabilities and aircraft loadout. Dimensions The length for the Enterprise was 251 m or 824 feet, whereas the Zuikaku was 257 m or 845 feet …

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