50 Questions for the topic world war two
What was Nazi Germany's end goal?
This is something I've always wondered but couldn't imagine what the answer could be and haven't found much material elsewhere. Nazi Germany, paired with Italy and Japan was waging war on the world... more
What percentage of British and American troops were involved in direct combat with enemy in World War II?
I was wondering whether the Sri Lankan Civil War, which officially ended, would technically considered to be still ongoing, since there are still clashes going on to this day. Would this classify... more
Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?
My daughter was recently studying this in high school, and somehow I had always assumed that it had only lasted a year. Apparently it ran on for at least a couple of years, but her textbook only... more
Is it appropriate to call 1941 American items "prewar"?
Not sure if this question has a defined answer, or is a matter of opinion. I have a 1941 piece of radio equipment I am thinking about restoring, and I told my dad it was "prewar". It was... more
Was the Wehrmacht a mechanized army?
I read random descriptions of Germany's attack on the Soviet Union, and I got the impression that besides tanks, the armies carried with them millions of horses and that the bulk of the soldiers... more
How many men were lost on the USAT Arcata and was she loaded with troops when she was hit?
On the 14th of July 1942 the 2,722-ton US Army Troopship (USAT) Arcata was attacked and sunk by Japanese Submarine I-7 at 53-41N, 157-45W. The records that I could find show that this ship as a... more
What activity would convey the Burma railway & Hanoi Hilton POW project?
I've seen estimates of the range of round shot fired from smoothbore cannons during various eras. Is there a simple estimate how far a cannon ball would continue bouncing/rolling on dry, level... more
What did the Japanese believe about the USA capability of making/using additional atomic bombs?
Clearly the Japanese **believed** that if they did not surrender another atomic bomb would be used on them. However how soon did they **believe** this would happen? And how many atomic bombs... more
How were combat medics assigned to their divisions?
I'm a little confused on how combat medics were transferred around. I've heard that often times medics weren't given much more than basic medical training (while others were able to be given... more
Was there a "European Balance of Power Strategy" for Anglo-American interests in between 1925 and 1935?
Was there a "European Balance of Power Strategy" for Anglo-American interests in between 1925 and 1935?**
Was Japan known to be a potential threat to the USA in the 10 year period prior to 1941?
In the years leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack, did non-military Americans see Japan as a potential threat to the USA?
Where did the skulls of dead Japanese soldiers end up?
I have read that there was a disturbingly common practice of American soldiers in the Pacific theater of WWII to take the skulls of dead Japanese soldiers as trophies to take home, give to... more
Were there crewmen from other USN ships on USS Missouri when the Japanese surrendered?
I have tried finding a list of the crewmen on the USS Missouri at the time of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, or at least some general information about who was on the ship at... more
In the British Invasion of Greece, what happened to the British troops who were not captured?
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/british-forces-arrive-in-greece I also was wondering what happened to the soldiers who were not caught, if any? Where did they go, and what happened to... more
In WW2, how long could a submarine stay submerged if it wasn't moving?
For a submarine in the WW2-era, how long could it stay submerged if it was **not** running its engine? This is a question of crew size, oxygen, food/water, and CO2 scrubbers, and maybe other stuff... more
Did the United States have a third atomic bomb to drop on Japan?
On 15 August, six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced its surrender to the United States, signing the instrument of surrender on 2 September, officially ending the war. The... more
What is the percentage of the draft pool that were conscripted during WW2 and Vietnam?
During the times of these conflicts I'm pretty sure the eligible ages to be drafted were from 18 - 25. During these times what percentage of US males between those ages were drafted. I'd like to be... more
How many ministerial deferments were there during WWII for the United States?
How many, or what percentage of eligible inductees were excused by way of a 2-D or 4-D during WWII?
How many officers on board Type VII-C U-boat?
As the topic states I am curious of how many offiers were on board a type VII-C U-boat during WW2. I know the crew size was typically 42 to 48, but what was the breakdown of the crew? Bonus points... more
Was the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII a public affair?
Was the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII public affair; meaning, was it in any way discussed or reported in the contemporary American media? Did the authorities conduct any explanatory... more
Why was the Me262 not suited for a bomber role?
A documentary at Radio-Canada named "mégastructures nazies" mentioned the Me262 as not being suited for a bomber role. Also, Albert Speer was against the decision to convert the Me262 to this role,... more
What is the significance of the term "never start changing the borders in Eastern Europe by force?"?
I have read this was the cause of both World War 1 and World War 2. Russia has now seized the Crimea and followed that up with a War in Eastern Ukraine. Does this have any relevance today?
When did FDR announce he was running a 3rd time, and was there any outrage?
When did President Franklin Roosevelt announce he was running again for a 3rd term? And was there any shock or outrage at this? Another way of saying this: Most of the country was isolationist.... more
Did imperialist Japan ever want to annex Hawaii because of the Japanese minority living here?
Hawaii had been colonized by Japan during the 19th century, before it became an American territory. There was [an estimated 40% of Japanese in Hawaii](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii#Ancestry)... more
Why did Operation Market Garden go ahead when the allies knew German armor was in the area?
Montgomery's ill-fated operation to capture the Rhine crossing at Arnhem was ingenious but fatally flawed. Evidence suggests that the Allies knew there were German armoured units in the town a few... more