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Old 07-07-2013, 10:35 PM
 
Location: augusta, ks
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Of all the countries that fought Germany, Germany only declare war on one country, America.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:07 AM
 
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Of all the countries that fought Germany, Germany only declare war on one country, America.
I doubt. On 22 June 1941 Germany declare war on the Soviet Union.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:32 AM
 
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I doubt. On 22 June 1941 Germany declare war on the Soviet Union.

No, Germany invaded ("Operation Barbarossa") Russia that day. At the same day Italy and Romania declare war on Russia.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:13 AM
 
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No, Germany invaded ("Operation Barbarossa") Russia that day. At the same day Italy and Romania declare war on Russia.
At 4:00 this morning German Foreign Minster Ribbentrop invited the Soviet ambassador Dekanozov and read declaration of war while German troops and bombers crossed the border.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:29 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Of all the countries that fought Germany, Germany only declare war on one country, America.
Are you talking about only when they legally declared war on other nations? Because I am not sure if they actually declared war or not but Germany did attack first:

Poland
Denmark
Norway
Luxembourg
Belgium
The Netherlands
Yugoslavia
The Soviet Union
The United States

According to this list Germany at least declared war on Norway and the United States.
Declaration of war - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:01 AM
 
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Yes, From all the books, web sites, and BBS i have read never have i seen anything that Germany announced official declaration of war on Norway or Russia, but only on America.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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Yes, From all the books, web sites, and BBS i have read never have i seen anything that Germany announced official declaration of war on Norway or Russia, but only on America.
You should try to look for different sources better.

Germany declaration of war on Soviet Union.
Великая Отечественная война — Википедия
http://www.pbs.org/behindcloseddoors...eclaration.pdf
Hitler Declares War on the Soviet Union (1941)

Who Declared War on Whom in 1939-1941?
Who Declared War on Whom in 1939-1941?

The U.S. is the only country that Germany declared war on without a ground and air offensive (except submarine warfare).
I guess you mean it?

Interesting that Great Britain and France declared war on Germany first (after Germany invasion on Poland in September 1939).

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Old 07-10-2013, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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Default What are some of the more ironic moments in WWII?

Hitler was an absolutely evil madman who didn't mind ordering the murder of tens of millions of people and may have even killed his half-niece before he came to power but was also a vegetarian, dog lover and was remembered as being very polite and fatherly to his female staff.

WW2 battleships were the most expensive, labor intensive and complicated weapons of the war for virtually all the warring countries but were also mostly ineffective weapons...and the biggest, most powerful and expensive of all (Yamato and Musashi) failed to accomplish anything of tactical value at all.

Hitler (arguably) had Jewish ancestry!

The first American combatants to land on Japanese mainland and pull off an attack were submariners from the USS Barb. They actually went ashore at night, rigged a train track with explosives and blew up a passing locomotive... not exactly a standard submarine battle tactic.

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Old 07-11-2013, 08:24 PM
 
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What about the U.S. Paratroopers who landed in Normandy preceding D-Day? The U.S. landings were so far off-target that it actually confused the Germans into being defeated. Had the landings gone as planned, the Germans would have been well prepared to defend it. It was the complete chaos and utter disorganization of the U.S. landings that resulted in the German defeat. How ironic is that?

Another one that comes to mind is Stalin's purge of his top generals in 1938-1939. This move severely crippled the Red Army leadership and probably contributed to the disaster of Operation Barbarossa. Had the purges never taken place, perhaps Stalin's army would have been much more capable of defending against the Germans. Instead, millions of innocent lives were taken, women were raped, property destroyed, and total destruction on a level the world has never seen before or since.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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What about the U.S. Paratroopers who landed in Normandy preceding D-Day? The U.S. landings were so far off-target that it actually confused the Germans into being defeated. Had the landings gone as planned, the Germans would have been well prepared to defend it. It was the complete chaos and utter disorganization of the U.S. landings that resulted in the German defeat. How ironic is that?
I agree with your main point and about the irony. But haven't you overstated the impact somewhat? I would add three words to one of your sentences to make it read as follows: "It was the complete chaos and utter disorganization of the U.S. landings that were one factor result[ing] in the German defeat." We can't really be so certain about any "what if" scenario. If the airborne landings by U.S. forces had gone as planned it would have meant them forming into effective fighting forces; there would have been advantages to the U.S. side from that, just as there were advantages to the U.S. side (in the actual case) from the German confusion and puzzlement over reports of widely dispersed U.S. troops.
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