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Old 09-09-2009, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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The Russians became a superpower during WW2. When they moved so much of their industrial production eastward to get it away from the Germans, they developed the natural resources and industrial capacity of their country. As for weapons, the Russians went for simplicity and quantity, while the Germans went for technology and quality. Since the Russian factories so overmatched those of the Germans, the German Tigers and Panthers drowned in a sea of T-34s (which were great tanks!).
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Saugus, CA
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Where the Italians were truly lacking was industrial capacity. Mussolini tried to change Italy from an agrarian society to an industrialized one but Italy simply did not have the raw materials and resources needed to accomplish this. For example, during the Fascist period, Italy was never able to produce more then 2.5 million tons of steel per year. During the same general period, Japan was producing 5 million tons, Great Britain 13.4 million tons, and Germany's output was 22.5 million tons annually. This, coupled with heavy reliance on importation of oil and other products needed to wage war, really put Italy at a major disadvantage to her opponents.
Well that was because Hitler sucked all the resources out of them, Italy was funding the Nazi War Machine.
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All things considered, it is surprising that Italy managed to stay in the game as long as it did.
Well when things like industrialization & modern equipment go out the window, I guess a modern army is actually forced to use Skill & Bravery. That's weird for a war of that or today's age, isn't it?
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Saugus, CA
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True, the Italians may not have been the strongest opponent that Britain faced during the war.
That's not entirely true either.

Thought the war, Britain showed a minor degree of dominance of Germany. This pretty much puts them at a close second to the British.

Meanwhile, the British were losing in Somaliland, Sudan, Kenya & Egypt. Four losses & no victories, then the Commonwealth coincidentally arrive in their first victory, Compass.

History has undermined Italian capabilities in WWII more then you even know.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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One war that most people don't think about, remember or even know about...the Thirty Years War..
From 1618-1648 Europe fought over religion, empires and dynasties. It was a totally preventable war, and terribly cruel. It was especially hard on the peseants. It changed the map of Europe but in the end, did not really solve the problems that were fought so bitterly over.
1/3 of the German population is believed to have been lost as a result of the war.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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The Isonzo Front of WWI in and around the Soca Valley in what is today Slovenia during May, 1915 - November,1917 between Italy (Allies) and the Austrians and Germans. 600,000 killed in all.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:01 PM
 
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Disease in general gets neglected in history. Smallpox killed far more people than the world wars in the 20th century only to be wiped off the face of the earth by scientific ingenuity and persistence. I don't know that many people under 50 even know what smallpox is now or how lucky they are to be free of it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:45 PM
 
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I read a book "Burma. The hell of the forgotten war" about the war in Burma in WWII. It's very interesting.
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