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Best Battle in WW2

Discussion in 'Historical Events & Figures' started by Nammy, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. Nammy

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    What do you think was the best battle in WW2?
     
  2. USMC the Almighty

    USMC the Almighty New Member

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    I liked how the entire Operation Overlord (Normandy) was carried out, but there's really so many great ones. Market Garden, Hill 500, Midway, El Alamein, Britain, Kursk, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Stalingrad, Crete, Battle of 100 Regiments....
     
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    Stalingrad, no doubt. If you've never seen Enemy at the Gates go rent a copy and watch it.
     
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    Yeah, for some reason, I don't really think of Stalingrad as one battle.
     
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    I can see why. The only reason I do is because it'd be too confusing to think of it as several. Not nearly as confusing as the cluster**** that was WWI, but still...confusing.
     
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    The key military struggle of the war was on the plains of Russia, and Hitler lost because he was too much of a snobby hick idiot to look for allies. If he'd courted the Belorussians, Ukrainians, Poles, the peasant landholders forced onto kolkhozes and all the other anti-Commie groups in Eastern Europe he'd have won hands down. And if Stalin had been one smidgen LESS evil, he'd have lost anyway. Stalin won because his soldiers were way more afraid of the NKVD than the Nazis. If a Russian soldier was captured, he was considered a traitor. If he retreated, the commissars were waiting to shoot him. If he *****ed, he'd have his fingernails removed and end up begging to be shot.

    The fact is, there are NO Military Lessons to Be Learned from WW II. This is my real pet peeve about WW II, because frankly I care way more about bad military history than all that moral bla-bla. Every military lesson people WANT to take away from WW II is wrong, and the one they COULD learn is the one they don't want to learn.

    Here's the real lesson of the war: military superiority in the narrow sense isn't nearly as important as economic strength and propaganda working in tandem.

    The real legacy of this ****ty war was a Soviet world, where the way to win is to mix propaganda about love and peace for grabbing US tax dollars with a new kind of violence, a mean cowardly kind that happened in Moscow basement interrogation cells, with 70-year sentences to Office World as the alternative for us lucky Americans.

    Everything they told you is wrong. Everything you believe is wrong, and worse than that, it's dull, too. At least the fascists tried to make it interesting for us non-execs, non-surfers, non-golfers. They were brutal scum, sure...but I have to ask, "compared to who...YOU as-sholes?"
     
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    Oh come on. The best battle in WW2 is without a doubt the Battle of Kirsk. The showdown of the colossal titans of Germany and Russia on who would without hindsight rule Europe. It was the largest tank battle in history if not the largest military gound battle in history itself.
     
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    perhaps you all dont know the lurid details of what happened in the Ardeness and in and around Bastonge in places like st Vith

    the Battle of the Bulge was the Most decisive Victory of the war had the germans Broke through everything would have been far far different

    the sheer overwhelming power of the German Blitzkrieg combined with the fire power SHOULD have handed the Germans a decisive Victory

    But american Ingenuity Courage and determination stood the test as the outnumbered allies held theyre positions and held the line some of the bloodiest of fighting occourred in the Ardeness

    as allied came up against one of the germans most ruthless units the Sixth SS Panzer Army commanded by a very ruhless heartless man who was feared and well known for the horrible things he had done Oberstgruppenführer Josef Dietrich -

    operation Market Garden mentioned earlier while was a spectacular PLAN Failed Miserably....a movie a Bridge too Far is about Operation Market Garden.....Operation Market Garden was well known but it was a FAILURE as the objectives of the operation were never achieved

    My Grandfather from my Grandmas first husband was in the Army Air Corps and was Shot Down over the netherlands During Market garden he was killed i have been to all of the objectives and battle grounds of this operation as well as to my first Grandpas Grave


    My Grandmother re-married my second grandfather was in the 82nd airborne division, and was at the battle of the Bulge as well as Market garden he was in a Glider squadron that landed for market garden

    I have personally travvelled all over Europe and england to most of the Historical battlefields prisoner camps etc...

    Battle of the Bulge was by far the Greatest battle of ww2
    in the euoropean theatre of combat
     
  9. Funny how you all seem to have completly forgotten the Pacific Theatre of Operations.......where the first really Decisive battle of the war looms large the battle for midway..
    probably one of the largest single victories for the Allies in ww2


    as well you have the battles at Iwo jima, and the largest amphibious attack of the war at Okinawa japan.and the we have the battle of the tin cans......against the entire Might of the Japanese fleet....who at the time rivaled the US with her majestic oceanic warships

    why you all seem smitten with lowly battle of stalingrad i will never know...some of the Greatest battles were fought in the pacific ....with the battle of Midway being the premiere battle closely followed by okinawa and the battle for the phillipines in which "Tin Can" us ships defeatead the superior forces of Japans Fleet in close quarter Naval warfare...

    much like the defeat of the germans at the bulge...interestingly I myself have been all over the pacific Midway, Truk, Iwo Jima, Guam, Rota, Tinian, saipan, the marshall islands, the Cook Islands,Guadalacanal, corregidor,
    just a few years before i was stationed in Guam ...........
    Shoichi Yokoi came out of the Jungles of Guam where he had been hiding for 28 years!!!there are still tunnels and command bunkers all through the islands exploring them is quite a thrill
     
  10. whats up with this little to no participation? why is that? ww2? pretty important history id say
     
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    Call me biased, but the Aleutian campaign is a largely forgotten series of battles in the Aleutian Islands of Alaskans where the Japanese for a time occupied the islands of Attu and Kiska the only enemy held territory on North America. There is a very good book called the Thousand Mile War which details this campaign. The elements and hardship endured by the soldiers was extraordinary.
     
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    I've never heard of this before but it sounds fascinating. I'll have to go look it up; I love reading about all the little things that don't make into the mainstream history books.
     
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    The Aleutian campaign is mainstream history. Anyone who says they don't know about it hasn't really read much. It is anything but an obscure reference.
     
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    I'm sorry. Is it very hard for you to get your voice to carry down off that pedestal you're on?

    Anyway, I've done a little reading on it and no, it is not "mainstream," in the sense that it gets left off of historical accounts of WWII quite often. From Wikipedia:

     
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    You use Wikipedia? No wonder. That doesn't really count as reading. Try some books. Try an actual encyclopedia. Any common, generic history about WWII will tell you everything you need to know about the Aleutian Campaign.
     
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