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Hitler’s Achilles Heel

The Imperator Knight, keeper of the Youtube history channel TIK, makes a splashy statement: Titling this entry “The MAIN Reason Why Germany Lost WW2 – OIL” naturally opens TIK’s assertion to Al Murray’s retort, “No, it’s much more complicated than that;” except 1940s realities do not support TIK’s theory: By January German rail traffic had … Continue reading

Aviation / History / Warfare

The Ghosts of Horrors Past: From Forager/Slaughter by the Sea

In continuing to write about the Pacific War in general and Midway more specifically, this series has overlooked the central story.  Write a seminal piece about the Battle of Saipan, but only briefly touch on the Battle of the Philippine Sea.  The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot doesn’t have the same attraction as the David versus … Continue reading

Aviation / History / Warfare

On Naval Strategy, Part 1

MHV, in responding to questions about the inefficiencies and inadequacies of the Wehrmacht before and during the Second World War, describes the Kriegsmarine as “not ready.” He further describes naval strategy as “build strategy,” noting accurately that it takes years, if not decades, to build robust naval power.  In this series, we will endeavor to … Continue reading

History / Warfare

Military History Analyzed, Part 3

Once again, in response to MHV: Previously, I noted the similarities between American Lost Cause emotionalism to pre-Cold War German emotionalism.  This might be hard for Germanophiles to accept, but Hitler and the Nazis were the product of a nation that was serially incapable of taking responsibility for its actions. German Revolution Bullshit Edition Histories … Continue reading