38 Answered 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
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 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?**
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 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?
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
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
Did the US provide oil assistance to Germany during WW2?
Some Russian guy on BBC Radio 5 (Up all night) claimed that the US had helped Germany maintain its oil supplies during WW2. At least that's what I recall of his rant. I may not have captured this... more
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
In early WW2, how much of the merchant marine was American?
WW2, before the US entered, ran from 1939 Sep 01 to 1941 Dec 07. During this time, a lot of merchant vessels sailed in convoy to Britain. I am wondering, of all the people who crewed those... more
Where was the pre-war (ww2) border between Poland and Germany?
I am interested in mapping the pre-war (WWII) border between Poland and Germany. Is there any data available in a public resource? Can anyone describe waypoints along the border in terms of... more
Why was US President Truman "on the high seas" when the Hiroshima atomic bomb was dropped?
From the New York Times, August 7 1945. [First Atomic Bomb Dropped on Japan; Missile Is Equal to 20,000 Tons of TNT; Truman Warns Foe of a 'Rain of... more
How did the news of the reality Nazi concentration camps reach the United State's mainstream? What were the waves of awareness and when?
How can we characterize US citizens' awareness of the full horror of the Holocaust in 1940, 41, 42, 43, and on? When did people become broadly aware? And how were the horrors explained by escapees... more
When/how did Harry Truman give the order to bomb Hiroshima?
Am I correct in assuming that Truman and only Truman had the authority to order the bombing of Hiroshima? After all, it was the very first A-bomb and procedures may not have been formalized yet. It... more