Explaining Blitzkrieg And Its Importance In WWII

The military tactic, blitzkrieg, was the German’s way of creating havoc within the battlefield and ensuring success. The term roughly translates to “lightning war” and succinctly describes exactly what is done in the enemy’s field. The idea of a blitzkrieg attack is speed and precision. Enemies are not given time to prepare for a counterattack because no warning is given. It was also typical for such attacks to be localized in a specific area, with mobile forces and concentrated firepower being targeted into one environment.

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This type of attack became so successful that it eventually became the German’s signature form of attack. The Allied Powers were reportedly fearful of unguarded territories and tried countermeasures such as better spying capabilities. This lead to more funds being allocated to spy technology, which has been researched to have profound effects in today’s society. For example, the radar and sonar were initially used by the Allies to improve communications between themselves and to pick up the Axis’ plans. These technologies are still being used today, although for very different reasons. While there are a variety of reasons for the development of such technologies, it is hypothesized that the German’s superb military strategy was a big factor.

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The blitzkrieg also pushed German war advances as well. The level of their success was also dependent on how well their machines and firepower worked. Some historians believe that mobile warfare technology became much more sophisticated and powerful during the blitzkrieg period.

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What Was North Africa’s Role During The World War II?

A lot of people assume that the World War II mainly took place in Europe and Asia. But just like the two big continents, Africa was greatly affected too. Military campaigns in North Africa during World War II took place between 13 September 1940 to 13 May 1943. The continent was important for both the Axis and the Allies, since both factions wanted control and access to North Africa’s abundant oil supply.

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The campaign had three phases: Western Desert campaign in eastern Libya and western Egypt; Tunisia campaign; and Operation Torch in Algeria and Morocco. During the campaign, the Italians and Germans lost 620,000 men, while the British lost 220,000. The victory of the Allies in North Africa neutralized 900,000 German and Italian troops.

The five territories of the North African coast—Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Egypt—were all under a European power. In 1914, Britain established a colony over Egypt. Even if Egypt declared nominal independence in 1922, the Brits took over Egypt’s foreign policy and military defense. The Brits soon reconfirmed their control over Egypt in 1936 after both parties signed the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty. Italy also conquered different provinces from the Turks in 1911, and eventually took control of Libya in 1934. France had Tunisia in 1881, and Morocco also became a French colony under the Treaty of Fez. Algeria also became a formal part of France in 1940.

It was in 1942 when North Africa saw the most bloodshed during the war. Because British supply lines were overextended, General Rommel led German forces in a fierce counterattack. The British were forced to retreat to the Gazala Line. The Battle of Gazala was the biggest of the Desert War. It resulted in the retreat of the British troops (led by General Auchinleck) to Alam Halfa.

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In November 1942, the Axis faction saw the start of its downfall with Operation Torch. After fighting against Vichy French forces, the Allied forces controlled the Algerian and Moroccan coasts. By May 1943, around 230,000 Axis soldiers surrendered to the Allied forces in Tunisia, which ended the war in North Africa.

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Five Less-Known Facts About World War Ii

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What most people know about World War II comes from popular media. For the most part, movies and TV series try to portray accurately the way the war was. However, it cannot be helped that a few things get lost in translation. Five of the less-known facts about the war are listed below:

Most U.S. servicemen died in the Air Corps than in the Marine Corps: Surprisingly, air servicemen had a higher chance of dying compared to their sea counterparts. It was estimated that an airman’s chance of being killed was around 71 percent in a series of completing 30 missions.

The Allied army peed in the Rhine: This was not the most respectful thing to do, but records do show that the first thing the Allied army did when they reached the Rhine was to pee in it. In fact, there are several photos of Winston Churchill and General Patton participating in the activity.

Americans had more toilet rations: During the height of the war, American soldiers received a toilet ration of 22 sheets a day. British soldiers only got three sheets.

Only 20 percent of Soviet Union males born in 1923 survived: This is not to be surprised considering the devastation the country received during the entire duration of the war. However, even historians lament the fact that such a small amount of males were able to live their lives above the age of young adulthood.

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Total casualties for WWII are between 50 to 70 million: The actual number cannot be determined since accurate data gathering was not available at the time. Regardless, estimations suggest that 80 percent of this number came from only four countries, Russia, China, Germany, and Poland. Fifty percent of the casualties were civilians.

It is virtually impossible to list down every single incident that occurred during the war, but it is important that as much information be given to create a balanced account.

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A Fan’s Opinion On The St. Louis Cardinals Losing Streak

As a huge Cardinals fan, it’s sometimes hard to accept defeat. Again. And Again. And again. But I consider myself a fair man, and I know when my team is on a losing streak.

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I can’t help but cringe when I remember the last game, when the Cardinals lost against the Brewers, 3-1. It was at the end of the game, after commiserating with my fellow fans, that I began to think about why my team seemed to have no luck at all. I thought about Zach Davies – bless his heart – who pitched eight scoreless innings despite his 6.05 ERA (earned run average). Regardless of his impressive run, the Cardinals never had a runner advance safely to second base. And then there was Brandon Moss who spent most of the game on the bench before suddenly hitting a home run, causing everyone to stand and scream. In the midst of all these incongruities, the rest of the team performed at such a lackluster pace, I couldn’t help but feel that for any lay person, this would be boring.

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As I was thinking about this, I realized that maybe this is a contributing factor. The Cardinals is a good team – I still maintain that – yet they are not a consistent one. Looking at their last few games objectively, all the “exciting” moments, as it were, seemed more out of luck than actual skill. Or if there was skill involved, it seemed to manifest itself sporadically.

I shared this insight with my fellow fans and they seemed to agree, although added the caveat that the Cardinals could also be going through a harsh speedbump. The team itself is a good solid team and just hasn’t been performing well these last games.

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Gerd Müller: Profile Of a Bundesliga Legend

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Every die-hard football fan knows Gerd Müller, the German football legend who holds the title of being the highest goal scorer in the history of German football clubs. Called “Der Bomber” or “The nation’s bomber,” Müller is truly a prolific athlete.

Müller was a superstar from the very beginning. He started playing football as a teenager for his hometown’s youth football club, 1861 Nördingen. He scored 180 goals for the team, an impressive feat that opened numerous opportunities for the young football star. In 1964, Müller signed with Bayern Munich where he played for 15 years. “Der Bomber” was one of the club’s top goalscorers and was instrumental in leading their team to qualify for the Bundesliga. And that’s just the beginning. Müller led the club to four national championships and made Bayern Munich one of the most successful football clubs in Germany and Europe.

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In 1966, “Der Bomber” debuted for the German national team where he scored 68 goals in 62 international matches. He also scored a total of 14 goals in the World Cup and led Germany to a World Cup victory in 1974. Müller was the first German to win the European Footballer of the Year in 1970.

There are no words to describe Müller’s football career other than stellar and outstanding. There are many great athletes, but only a few can truly stand out and become legends. My favorite teams include baseball team St. Louis Cardinals and the German football club Hannover 96. To read more about my favorite sports, subscribe to my blog.

What Caused the US to be Involved in World War II?

Before its involvement in World War II, the United States tried to pursue peace among its neighboring nations. Many Americans that time thought that their country’s participation in World War I was a mistake that led to economic decline.

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Many American peace societies had soon tied up with bigger international movements. These movements called for international agreements to get rid of wars permanently. A few years later, many nations took part in the Kellogg-Briand Pact. All signatories pledged never to go to war.

But in the 1930s, a lot of Americans thought that the Kellogg-Briand Pact, as well as the other agreements, were not enough to maintain peace. Italy invaded Ethiopia, Japan occupied Manchuria, and Germany built armies again. Still, America stood by its view of neutrality.

When the war broke out in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt initially invoked America’s neutrality. However, it was clear that Germany was intentionally hurting other countries. Eventually, President Roosevelt offered to provide assistance to the allied forces, while keeping the U.S. out of the war.

During that time, many Americans thought that the involvement (by providing arms and military assistance), was an unnecessary “internationalist” move for the country. Eventually, Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, which made America a real participant of the war.

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Top Niche Sports for the Thrill-seeker

Many sports fans claim they know every single sporting event there is in the planet. But when asked to play a game of Lacrosse, they pause for a moment and breathe a sigh of disappointment—because they do not know what Lacrosse is.

Niche sports are games enjoyed by a select community or fans. If you’re out trying to find a new hobby or adventure, why not check out these top niche sports?

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Octopush / Underwater Hockey

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Rowing
Boat rowing may come off as a leisure activity for vacation-goers, but it is a professional sport. Rowing requires players to have endurance and excellent swimming skills—in case their boats fail them.

Octopush
Octopush, also known as Underwater Hockey, was founded in England in 1954. Simply put, it is a game of hockey played underwater. This six-on-six game requires players to swim and hold their breaths for long periods of time in order to play well.

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Caber Tossing

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Lacrosse
Lacrosse is a game that originated from North American Indians. In a game of Lacrosse, a ball is thrown, caught, and carried with an L-shaped stick, and an end with a piece of netting in the angle.

Orienteering
Orienteering is a sport that requires team players to have navigation and problem-solving skills. Players use a compass and a map to get to the destination assigned. The game is great for families and groups who want a solid team building activity.

Caber Tossing
This game originated from ancient Scotland. Competitors will toss a tall and heavy caber into the air, and have it land with precision.

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