World War II history and discussion

One-stop shopping for discussion of WWII’s origins, the fighting, the people, the technology, and its lasting effects.


The last survivor of the Arizona died two days ago. We’re fast approaching a Harry Patch moment in our history, and the world will be a far different place when that happens.


Between 1942 and 1945, the number of newspapers published by and for American servicemen exploded from less than 500 to nearly 4,000. Two of them belonged to the only all-Black divisions to see combat during the war, and one would quickly establish a reputation as one of the finest service publications in the US military.


Seems like an understandably complicated reception…

April 13 was the The Day of Remembrance for Victims of Katyn Massacre, commemorating the Soviet NKVD massacre of 22,000 Polish officers and intellectuals, at Stalin’s behest.

I’m sure Putin sent his thoughts & prayers.

79 years ago, the Battle of Berlin was reaching its crescendo, with Weidling taking command of German forces in the city and Schörner’s offensive failing to the north. Konev and Zhukov were racing each other for the prize of Berlin, spending their soldiers’ lives with little more concern than they were giving to those of the Germans.

There would be no repeat of the Miracle of the House of Brandenburg, and the carnage was unimaginable: nearly 100k Soviets and 250k Germans killed, hundreds of thousands wounded, millions raped, and utter devastation of what had been the most sophisticated and modern European capital.

Happy April 30th to all who celebrate.

A strong recommend to Richard Evans’ book on the conspiracy theories surrounding Hitler’s death (and several other enduring conspiracies associated with the Nazis) that debunks the poor history surrounding the myths and the reason for their propagation.

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Popular response to the Gaza protests has had me thinking of the moral and physical courage of the White Rose, and what people like Alexander Schmorell, Hans and Sophie Scholl, Kurt Huber, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, and Alexander Schmorell knew they were facing. And they acted anyway.

It gets more stunning as time passes, not less.

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