You guys have high regards for the Italian Armies.
The Italian war effort can be described as a failure. Italy had only one main front to fight taking on enemies that have many fronts to contend with. The battles of 1915-17 showsed little progress, 1917 the rout of Caporetto.
Only when Austria-Hungary was at the point of revolution could the Italian Armies have large sucess.
I agree. But the Italians had more divisions and ships engaged with the enemy at any one time than the USA had during the entire conflict.
You also have to consider that the “Alpine Front” was one of the most difficult and geographically challenging of the entire war.
Part of Hitler’s Götterdämmerung, but lost on me.
It was the capital!
Budapest and the West be damned: stop the enemy at the gates(back door).
I have read two books on Berlin(10+ years ago) and need to reread them, but they sadden me.
Amazing research, btw… Armschwimmfahigkeitgeratsamt…
One of my favourite non-invented German words is the term that Germany used in WWI to designate tanks: Schutzengrabenvernichtungspanzerkampfwagen, or, roughly, “trench-destroying armoured fighting car.” German tanks of WWI were physically as cumbersome as that term, so in preparation for WWII Germany devised more practical tanks and a more practical designation (“Panzer”). Unfortunately for Germany, the American, British and Russian words for this type of weapon – “tank” – consists of only one syllable, whereas “Panzer” has two syllables, so the US, UK and USSR armoured forces in principle had a 50% advantage over the German armoured forces in speed of pronunciation. On the other hand, the French word “char” only consists of one syllable too, so in principle the French and German armoured forces should have fought each other to a draw in May-June 1940…so clearly this theory doesn’t hold up in reality as well as it ought to on paper.
ROFLOL :lol: :lol: :lol:
A more realistic distance is over 800 statute miles.
Zero had a range of 1,600 miles, so yes thats consistent with Sakai’s account over Java.
Also, they had over 400 Zeros in active service by July 1940.