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I found this video that takes another look at Hitler's most befuddling decisions and gives an incredibly logical explanation for them. It blew my mind

 

???

 

I've listened this guy, but he didn't say anything radically new. German oil thirst and desire to capture the Caucasus (as source of this oil) was described in my school textbooks. Other hand, I don't think Red Army was supplied any better than Germans and reducing everything to oil is just another oversimplification. Not any better than "we would definitely win, but harsh winter..."

The Red Army had Lend-Lease to help it out, though; the Germans didn't. Lend-Lease also helped with Soviet logistics, such as with trucks.



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Poland's largest WW2 bomb explodes during attempt to defuse it

 

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The largest unexploded World War Two bomb ever found in Poland has detonated during an attempt to defuse it.

The RAF dropped the Tallboy or "earthquake" bomb in a raid in 1945 which sank the German cruiser Lützow.

The Polish Navy said there had been a 50:50 chance the bomb would explode and all the divers were unharmed.

The bomb was at the bottom of a Baltic Sea shipping canal, and about 750 residents near the port city of Swinoujscie were evacuated.

 

 

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Poland's largest WW2 bomb explodes during attempt to defuse it

 

11 hours ago

The largest unexploded World War Two bomb ever found in Poland has detonated during an attempt to defuse it.

The RAF dropped the Tallboy or "earthquake" bomb in a raid in 1945 which sank the German cruiser Lützow.

The Polish Navy said there had been a 50:50 chance the bomb would explode and all the divers were unharmed.

The bomb was at the bottom of a Baltic Sea shipping canal, and about 750 residents near the port city of Swinoujscie were evacuated.

 

 

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Holy shit! :( I'm very glad that no one appears to have been hurt by this! :)



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Seems I forgot to include a link to the video.

Here it is: https://www.bbc.co.u.../world-54533860

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Way more peaceful than I expected that to look. Glad no one was harmed. Wonder what other big bombs are still lying around from WWII?



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Did Hitler ever visit concentration camps?

 

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We can say with certainty bordering the absolute that Hitler never visited one of the Concentration Camps.

As to why that is, the only answers that can be given here and that are supported by the evidence have to do with leadership style, the inner workings of Nazi Germany, and the purpose of such a visit.

What I mean is, what possible reason could there be for Hitler to go to a camp? When the camps were first opened in the beginning of Nazi rule, there was extensive news coverage of this "new" method of getting rid of the enemies of the people. Here for example is a newspaper article from the Eschweiler Zeitung from 1933, that says: In Dachau near Munich, the first concentration camp was opened. So, it is not like these camps were particularly secret, especially in connection to imprisoning political enemies and people who had a bad reputation in German society in general, like the so-called "asocials".

But the propagandistical value of a Hitler visit would have been - beyond this initial stage - not really there. While during the war, what happened to the Jews was in its broad strokes an open secret to the German public, it still was not exactly advertised since the Nazis were on the whole rather concious of public opinion. The best example for this is the T4 killing program. Authorized by Hitler in October 1939 (backdated to September), the program of killing handicapped and mentally ill people in six centralized killing facilities became quickly well known in the German public. And they weren't exactly on board with it, especially after the Catholic Church in Germany started preaching against it. The protest turned into one of the very few occasion during which Hitler was booed while giving a speech in Bavaria. Ultimately, the leadership of the Third Reich decided to scrap the program and instead continue the killing in a decentralized fashion further away from the eyes of the German public. (this also being the reason why the order for the Holocaust was later issued orally)

Some of this might also have to do with personality in the sense that according to pretty much all accounts, Hitler was really busy on the one hand but also really lazy on the other. At least until the later stages of the war, appearances in public were mostly for the purpose of giving speeches whipping up support etc., etc. Plus, Hitler hardly ever e.g. inspected Wehrmacht troops either, so why inspect a CC?

In terms of style of leadership and the inner political workings of the Third Reich, it also would not have made particular sense. Franz Neumann of the Institute for Social Research and later the Frankfurt School describes the Nazi state as the Behemoth, a hommage to Hobbes' treaty about the Parliament of the long bench and Cromwell.What means that coming from his understanding of the modern state, the Nazi dictatorship can be described as the anti-state. This is in the sense that rather than having clear cut functions and responsibilities, the Third Reich is infamous for agencies and institutions having the exact same areas of responsibility and policy, vying for control by acting in a way that they assume is in line with Hitler's wishes. Hitler did intervene in these conflicts, yet was always careful that no side accumulated too much power.

The Concentration Camps are known as Himmler's fiefdom. This was not always the case but rather also the outcome of a process of control vying within the Reich. At some point in 1935/36 the total number of CC prisoners numbered around 3000 and - of course - the ministry of the interior and the ministry of justice pushed so that even those still in existence should be closed down because the normal prisons could handle the prisoners fine.

Similarly, after the whole CC system had expanded again and also turned into an important economic factor with regards to forced labor but also the SS-owned companies, there were different factions within the concentration camp system, generally divisible in the original Dachau School and the later Lichtenburg School. What this refers to is that pretty much all the later Concentration Camp commanders had started their career either in Dachau or in Lichtenberg.

A visit from Hitler in any of these situations would have been seen as a declaration of support for any potential group within these conflicts, something Hitler tended to avoid if not immediately necessary.

Similarly, and especially during the war when Hitler was very busy in terms of military planning etc., he did have Himmler, whom he trusted, who did the inspections of the Camps and informed him of what was going on. Himmler met Hitler often and usually updated him about the state of the Holocaust and of his visits to the camps, which he performed quite often.

Interestingly enough, Himmler's visit to one of these execution sites lead to a pretty important change: In October 1941 Himmler visits an Einsatzgruppen mass shooting in Minsk. Upon being confronted with the gruesome work, his aides described that he was not feeling very well and went green. Seeing these executions, Himmler made it is his priority to make the killing more humane for the perpetrators and thus the idea of gassing on large scale was born. Using the concept of the Crimiological Technical Institute, first gas vans and alter gas chambers were built in order to make it easier on those carrying out the executions.

So, in conclusion:The most likely factors why Hitler never visited a Concentration Camp are due to political and propagandistic considerations, because he was informed about what went on while at the same time being busy, and because he had his guy, Himmler, for that.

Sources:

 

  • Ian Kershaw: Hitler.

  • Richard Evans' Third Reich Triology.

  • Peter Longerich: Holocaust.


And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.


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The interrogation of a traitor.


Vasily Grossman was deemed unfit for service when the Soviet Union was invaded. He became a special correspondent for the Red Star, the red army newspaper.
“The interrogation of a traitor in a little meadow on a quiet, clear autumn day with a gentle, pleasant sun. He has an overgrown beard and is wearing a torn brown russet coat, a big peasant hat. His feet are dirty and bare, his legs naked to the calf. He is a young peasant with bright blue eyes. One hand is swollen, the other one is small - it looks like a woman’s hand, with clean finger nails.
He speaks, stretching words softly in Ukrainian. He is from Chernigov. He deserted several days ago and was captured last night on the front line when he was trying to get back to our rear wearing this almost opera-like peasant costume. By chance he was captured by men of his own company, who recognised him, and there he is in front of them now.
The Germans had bought him for a hundred marks. He was going to back to look for headquarters and airfields. ‘But it was only a hundred marks,’ he says dragging out the words. He thinks the modesty of this sum might make them more forgiving. ‘But that makes me uncomfortable too, I see, I see.’
He isn’t a human being any more, all his movements, his grin, his glances, his noisy, greedy breathing - all that belongs to a creature that senses a close and imminent death. He has trouble with his memory.

‘And what’s your wife’s name?’

‘Wife’s name, I remember. Gorpyna.’

‘And your son?’

‘I remember his name too. Pyotr.’ He reflects for a while and adds: ‘Dmitrievitich. Five years old.’ ‘I’d like to have a shave,’ he continues. ‘The men are looking at me, and I feel embarrassed.’ He strokes his beard with his hand. He picks at grass, earth and chips of wood, in quick, frenzied movements, as if doing some work that will save him. When he looks at the soldiers and their rifles, there’s an animal fear in his eyes.

Then the colonel slaps his face, shouting and crying at the same time: ‘Do you realise what you’ve done?’ The guard, a red army soldier, then shouts at him, too: you’ve disgraced your son! He won’t be able to live with this shame!’

‘Don’t you think I know what I have done, comrades?’ the traitor says, addressing both the colonel and the sentry as if they might sympathise with him in his trouble. He was shot in front of the company where he has been a soldier only a short time before.
 
A Writer At War Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945 Edited and translated by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova


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An American soldier turns a blind eye in the background as former Dachau prisoners prepare to execute an SS guard with a shovel. The guard was known to terrorize and murder men, women & children. (April 29th, 1945)

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An American soldier turns a blind eye in the background as former Dachau prisoners prepare to execute an SS guard with a shovel. The guard was known to terrorize and murder men, women & children. (April 29th, 1945)

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Still seems like even he deserved a trial before getting executed, no? Still, their extreme rage is perfectly understandable--and TBH there was a risk of the post-WWII West German courts going lenient on him in the 1950s or later, when West Germany was determined to reintegrate a lot of ex-Nazis.



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The British created inflatable armies to distract Germany away from Normandy preparations

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Exeter WW2 bomb is detonated after homes evacuated

 

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A controlled detonation has been carried out on an unexploded World War Two bomb found in Exeter.

More than 2,600 households and University of Exeter halls of residence were evacuated after the device was found on Glenthorne Road on Friday.

 

Video: https://www.bbc.co.u.../av/uk-56226798



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