To Beat Nazi Germany, America’s Air Force Had To Reinvent Itself (And How It Waged War)

Learning on the fly… literally.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

Key point: Thanks to the introduction of better fighters and the use of aggressive, realistic offensive fighter doctrines, American airmen attained—not the air superiority they sought, but—total air supremacy over the whole of western Europe.… Continues

As Soon As Hitler Was Dead, Great Britain Started Planning To Invade Russia

Meet Operation Unthinkable.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: The British and American alliance with Russia only lasted as long as Hitler.

In the spring of 1945, Winston Churchill asked his military chiefs to prepare a secret plan.… Continues

Hitler birth house in Austria to become police station

By AFP

Anti-fascist protesters organise a rally outside the building every year (AFP Photo/JOE KLAMAR)

Vienna (AFP) – The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be turned into a police station, Austria’s interior ministry announced Tuesday, after years of legal wrangling as the government looks to prevent the building from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.… Continues

Forgotten Genocide: How a Quarter of Europe’s Roma Were Murdered by the Nazis, then Erased From History

By Nico Hines | The Daily Beast

LONDON—It’s impossible to fathom the scale of the depravity. An eyewitness account by a Holocaust survivor—unearthed for a new exhibition in London—describes the conditions in the “gypsy” section of Auschwitz as even more inhumane than the rest of the appalling facility.… Continues

Hitler memorabilia auction in Germany sparks protest

Some of the items being auctioned off belonged to Adolf Hitler (L) and his Nazi commanders Hermann Goering (2nd L) and Joseph Goebbels (C) (AFP Photo/HO)

Berlin (AFP) – Adolf Hitler’s top hat, Eva Braun’s dresses and a silver-covered edition of “Mein Kampf” are among the items being put up for sale by a German auction house, prompting protests from Jewish leaders.… Continues

Like Nazi Germany, The Soviets Had A Plan To Quickly Defeat France

Except it would have only taken one week.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: The Soviets had nuclear weapons.

The Nazis conquered France in six weeks, in one of the most spectacular military victories in history.

Had the Soviet Union gone to war with the West in the early 1960s, it also planned to blitz France.… Continues

Hitler’s Battleship Tirpitz Never Fought Another Battleship (But Nearly Sank Thanks to a Submarine)

A mini-sub, that is.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

The Tirpitz was the follow-on sistership of the notorious Bismarck, a monster battleship designed from the get-go to vastly exceed the tonnage-limitations stipulated by the Washington Naval treaty Nazi Germany was still supposedly adhering to in the early 1930s. … Continues

Did Hitler Have Any Chance of Beating Russia During World War II?

Operation Barbarossa was a disaster for Nazi Germany. Could things have gone differently?

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Even by the standards of World War II, the Eastern Front stands out as a cauldron of horror. … Continues

Nazi Germany Would Have Been Unstoppable If It Had Aircraft Carriers?

Its only carrier never entered service.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key Point: The Allies were fortunate it never entered the war.

From the first days of his ascension to power, Adolf Hitler planned to rebuild the Kriegsmarine into a world-class navy.… Continues

The Reason It Took so Long for the Air Force to Beat Nazi Germany’s Planes

Two long years of learning modern war.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

Key point: There was a lot to be learned before America could turn the tide for good.

The popular conception of the struggle in the air over northern Europe during World War II is of squadrons of sleek fighters racing over the German heartland to protect contrailed streams of lumbering bombers stretching beyond sight.… Continues