The Brits Will Walk 500 Miles, and They Will Walk 500 More – WW2 – 078 – February 22, 1941

The Brits Will Walk 500 Miles, and They Will Walk 500 More  – WW2 – 078 – February 22, 1941


Wait, Wild Bill? yeah, sure I know him. He
went 25-4 for the Tigers in 1907 when they won their first pennant. What? Different guy?
Huh. You’re a
military leader. A force under your command has made a fairly rapid advance for a few
days and takes a major prize. So what do you do then? If you’re Alan Cunningham, you
say “let’s advance another 1,000 miles”. I’m Indy Neidell; this is World War Two. Last week, Operation Compass, the hugely successful
British drive against the Italians across North Africa, came to an end. It had reached
El Agheila and destroyed the Italian 10th Army, and now much of their force will be
sent to Greece to defend against any German invasion there. Germany, meanwhile, sent reinforcements
under Erwin Rommel down to Tripoli. There was fighting in both Eritrea and Italian Somaliland,
and the first ever British airborne operation. Action continues in East Africa this week. On the 16th, the 1st South African Brigade
starts fighting to take the crossings of the River Juba. This is pretty important, actually.
The Juba is Italian Somaliland’s main River. “The Juba worlds is a world of its own,
a belt of palm and green luxuriance many hundred miles long and anything from a few hundred
yards to a few miles breadth” It is easily Italian Somaliland’s best natural
defense, and you can be damn sure this is where the Italians are going to defend. The
battle for Lower Jubaland was over last week, but for the rest of Somaliland it is about
to begin, and Jelib is the first focus for that. A frontal assault has pretty poor chances
of success, and the Italian artillery is pretty good, so the Gold Coast Brigade and that South
African Brigade I mentioned probe for other river crossings and find them they do- at
Yonte, 20 km north of Gobwen, and Mbungo, 50 north of Jelib. So they make crossings
and advance down the east side of the Juba towards Jelib, while the 22nd East African
Brigade powers through the bush and manages to cut the Mogadishu Road behind Jelib, and
the speed and unexpectedness of this whole operation just crumbles Italian resistance.
Jelib falls the 22nd. This marks a change in the campaign, for Alan
Cunningham, in charge, now thinks his troops can make it all the way to Harar, 1,600 km
away, and he gets Archie Wavell’s okay- Wavell is in charge of the African Theater
of operations. It also really helps Cunningham that the South African Air Force has forced
the Italian air force to limit its attacks to night bombing raids, so daytime advancing
is finally possible. Also in the general area, which is a big area,
on the 18th, South African forces moving from Kenya take Mega and 1,000 prisoners, and on
the 19th, Emperor Haile Selassie, brought back to Abyssinia in January to help organize
resistance against the Italians, arrives in Dangilla with Orde Wingate’s Gideon Force.
They will spend the next couple weeks harassing the Italians with a fair amount of success. Wavell and Cunningham actually meet each other
in person this week. On the 19th, British Foreign Secretary Anthony
Eden, Chief of the Imperial General Staff John Dill, Wavell, and Cunningham meet in
Cairo to talk about how much help they can and are willing to send to Greece. On the 23rd- tomorrow- the Greeks say they
will accept a force that at this stage is 100,000 strong plus artillery and armor support-
four divisions to beef up the 18 Greek ones on the northern frontier. They won’t accept
less because fewer units wouldn’t be able to fight off the Germans if and when they
attack and would likely only encourage them to attack. They also talk about disposition.
The British prefer along the line of the Aliakmon River, but the Greeks don’t want to give
up the territory the line excludes. No decision is made at this point. Thing is, on the 17th Bulgaria and Turkey
sign a friendship agreement. The Turks are worried about both German and Soviet territorial
designs, and they have their own territorial designs on Greece. “Under German pressure,
Turkey and Bulgaria sign a friendship agreement by which Turkey accepts that the movement
of German troops through Bulgaria is not an act of war. This more or less confirms that
there is no possibility of Turkey being persuaded to ally with Britain.” “In spite of endless efforts, projects,
schemes, and hopes on the part of the British, they (Turkey) were not about to join any front
against Germany until the Germans themselves invaded Turkey, something the Germans naturally
promised they would never do, and something they equally naturally planned for the moment
it was safe for them to do so… In offering portions of Greece to Bulgaria and Yugoslavia,
the Germans were careful to exclude that portion of Greece bordering on Turkey. Here was bait
to dangle before Ankara’s eyes…” So Hitler is now starting to bridge the Danube
and bring his forces to positions in Bulgaria. He has decided that Operation Marita will
not just be to secure strategic positions in Greece for the Luftwaffe to try to dominate
the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean, he’s going to go for a straight out occupation
of Greece. “He was not prepared to risk the opening
of another Salonika Front, from which Britain with France had harried Germany’s southern
flank of operations in 1916-1918. Here, as so often elsewhere in his conduct of the Second
World War, Hitler’s strategic calculations were influenced by his experience and memories
of the first, in which he had fought as a common soldier.” Hitler has been recently stymied in his plans
for the Western Mediterranean by Franco’s Spain and Petain’s France not making an
anti-British Alliance with him, but he’s still kinda free to maybe operate in the Eastern
Mediterranean like Germany had in WW1 with Ottoman help. I mean, if he can talk the Vichy
French leadership in Syria and Lebanon to take Germany military aid, then, y’know,
he could base Luftwaffe units there that could strike the Suez Canal and the Iraqi oilfields. Now, Iraq is a sovereign state, though until
1932 it had been a British Mandate, but the Nationalist Party there is pro-German, and
though Hitler does not have direct contact with them, but he can likely count on them
to complicate Britain’s control of the Middle East anyhow. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem,
Mohammed Amin Al-Husanyi, though appointed to his position during the British Mandate
of Palestine two decades ago, is an anti-British, anti-Zionist, pro-German Arab Nationalist,
and that’s only going to work to Hitler’s advantage in the region. Okay, any such advantage
is not the kind that needs an investment of big force, if Hitler is ever in such a position
to send such a force, but Greece is different. Britain getting involved there is a direct,
frontal challenge to Hitler’s military control of the European continent, and- even if the
British have no idea- it threatens the overall development of his future campaign against
the USSR. So he has to destroy that challenge completely. But doing that has a couple of deployment
problems. I mean, where will he attack from? Albania is completely full of Italian troops
at the moment, and you can only get there by sea or by air anyhow. Bulgaria’s transit
system- roads, railways, and bridges- is not very extensive and is fairly primitive anyhow,
so not good for any rapid deployment. What Hitler will need is something like the southern
Yugoslavian railway system, and then he can attack from Monastir and down the Vardar.
The problem with that is that for several months now, Yugoslavian Regent Prince Paul
has been resisting German pressure to sign the Tripartite Pact and join the Axis Powers,
and it has been heavy pressure. But Prince Paul is an Oxford educated Anglophile who
has not hidden his sympathies. It also doesn’t help Hitler that Paul’s wife is a Greek
princess, so why should he help invade Greece for Germany? Well, he keeps telling Germany
that the Balkans should be a neutral zone in the war, but all the countries around him
are slowly filling up with German troops. Churchill and Wild Bill Donovan, Roosevelt’s
emissary to Belgrade, have been pressuring him to rebuff the Axis advances, but for how
long can he do that? It seems everyone’s thinking of plans and
possibilities this week. Husband Kimmel, C-in-C of the American Pacific
Fleet writes to Harold Stark, American Chief of Naval Operations- “I feel that a surprise
attack- submarine, air, or combined- on Pearl Harbor is a possibility, and we are taking
immediate practical steps to minimize the damage inflicted and to ensure that the attacking
force will pay.” Soviet General G. D. Pavlov, who commands
the Western Military District, wires Stalin, Molotov., and Marshal Timoshenko asking for
serious funds for building roads. He warns that the USSR’s western theater of operations
must be organized now in 1941. Stalin replies that he understands this is a legitimate concern,
but the country is not in a position to do what Pavlov asks. And here’s a side note to end the week. On the 16th, Hans Gunther turns 50 and is
celebrated by the Nazis. Who is Gunther? He’s the main ideologist of Nazi racial policy,
even known as the Race Pope- Rassenpapsf. Gunther joined the Nazis before their takeover
of Germany and in his 1929 book on German ethnology, described non-European Jews as
“fomentors of disintegration” of Nordic culture. He is awarded the Goethe Medal for
his birthday. And that was this week of the war. A week
of big successes for the Commonwealth forces in Italian Somaliland, and a week of a whole
bunch of plans for the immediate future of Greece, plans that seem to affect just about
everywhere else. They do, you know. I mean, Bulgaria and Turkey
signed papers this week so the Germans can basically occupy Bulgaria. Turkey is hoping
to head off that eventuality for itself. Yugoslavia is worried about its future vis a vis the
Germans, and with good reason. Britain has stripped North Africa pretty bare for Greece,
but that may have serious repercussions there since Germany is sending in forces to Africa.
The Soviet Union watches on suspiciously, with its own territorial designs in Southern
Europe. You see? Wheels within wheels. It’s all inter connected. That’s modern war. If you’d like to see an episode about some
prewar developments in Yugoslavia, you can click right here for our Between 2 Wars episode
about some internal struggles there, right here. Soon. Our TimeGhost Army member of the
week is Owen Evans. Our army’s support on Patreon is what finances this show, so join
Owen at patreon.com or timeghost.tv. Do not forget to subscribe so you keep seeing all
this fascinating content. See you next time.

100 Comments on "The Brits Will Walk 500 Miles, and They Will Walk 500 More – WW2 – 078 – February 22, 1941"


  1. This episode foreshadows a lot of things that might (or might not) happen in 1941. We don't want to miss the opportunity to show you all the battlefields or otherwise important locations where the events of this war took place. This is why we plan to visit Hawaii and maybe also Russia in the coming summer. We need quite a substantial boost of Patreon income to make this work. Therefore we have reworked our Patreon page, which now includes a '1941' tier as well – with 1941 specific rewards as well! Check it out at www.patreon.com/timeghosthistory!

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  2. Ok 3:46 if you said

    “Anthony Eden. AKA Archibald Wavell, AKA Alan Cunningham, AKA John Dill.

    I’d happily say yep that’s one guy in subtle disguise alright.

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  3. Thank you again for such a great episode.

    I have a couple questions.

    Firstly; what was the overall driving force in Turkey at this time? Isolationism/ neutrality after the first world war or a desire to see if the Axis start winning before potentially joining, considering their dislike of the allies, desires on greek territories and history with Germany in ww1?

    Secondly; if Dmitry Pavlov had had his way and road structure was improved in the west, (spoilers) would have have been more beneficial to the subsequent soviet defence OR the german invasion?

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  4. well i can see why turkey didnt want to help greeks after they threatened bulgaria with invasion if they tried to invade greece. going through 2 wars non stop (ww1-independence war) + economic depression they couldnt handle another war

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  5. G'day,

    So…,

    Pavlov rang a Warning Bell…,
    Because Adolf was
    Drooling in
    Germany ;
    Thus Stalin let Russia
    Go to the (salivating)
    Dogs of Waaauugh(!) ?

    And in the DSM-4
    we are therefore authoritatively informed that whenever any Dog dribbles, then a Psychologist's Undergraduate is forced to ring a Bell.

    Least Pavlov appear to have
    Bin-Dreamin'…!

    Thus mush is
    Self evident,
    Is that nyet so ?

    lol

    ;-p

    Ciao !

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  6. I wonder what is in that lone pill on Indy's desk? Is it amphetamines? An anti-malarial drug? (Spoiler Alert!!!) Cyanide? Could be so many things!

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  7. I caught that Sunday Baseball reference, did you?

    Indy – you should do a Sunday baseball WW2 themed episode sometime – maybe 30s and 40s players who were in the war?

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  8. …to be men, who walked a thousand miles,
    to do their best and surrender with honor.
    Da Da Da Da! Come on, everybody!
    Da da da da… No?

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  9. I read the version that Bulgaria did not have revanchist sentiments, but the key was the "Soviet factor". "Arkady Sobolev Mission" was sent to Bulgaria in order to prevent Bulgaria from joining the Axis countries. Bulgaria became aware that it fell into the zone of interests of the USSR at the Soviet-German negotiations in November 1940. Germany was chosen as the lesser evil.

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  10. Please make 'Time Ghost Quiz' a full on spin off.
    And thank you for providing great content to watch. Always happy to see that notification pop up.

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  11. I have a crystal ball and can see where this modern war is going. Stalin's play for time negotiating with Germany will come up short. The Nazis will embark upon Hitler's long held ambition and invade the USSR with three army groups; doing so before the Soviets have finished equipping and supplying their hurriedly expanded armed forces. It is entirely possible they will devastate the Red Army. That could result in them taking huge numbers of soldiers and civilian prisoners to use as slave labour in occupied territories and in Germany. However, I think that the Soviets with the help of a certain General Winter and reinforcements from the east will throw the Nazis back from the gates of Moscow and force them to retreat. Perhaps around late 1941.

    The Nazis will no doubt come back strong in summer 1942 and go for the Soviet oil fields in the south, while besieging Leningrad and having the privately stated intention of not allowing its two million strong population to live when the city falls. But the Red Army will regroup after perhaps even being pushed back as far as Stalingrad on the Volga river.

    I also think the Soviets might try to relocate much of their heavy industry to Siberia far beyond the reach of Luftwaffe bombers. That would be a major organizational and logistical feat though. If they manage it, it would allow them to safely produce the huge amount of war material and weapons they will need. I have heard rumours that they have begun producing a quite capable new model of medium tank and large amounts of heavy artillery.

    They might even be able to lay a trap and defeat the Germans. The Nazis could get a taste of their own encirclement tactics. Probably the 16th Army at the Volga. It will be annihilated if that happens. If not, it is quite feasible that the USSR will fall and the Nazis link up with their Japanese allies in India and China. But my gut feeling says somehow the Red Army will turn things around once the fighting reaches the Volga. They will not want to step back from there.

    If the Soviets manage to hold on and counter attack, I expect that more than 500 army divisions will be facing each other in the east from Leningrad in the north to the Caucuses in the south. A scale of warfare that is so vast it is difficult to imagine.

    I think the Germans will have enough left to almost certainly try again during the summer of 1943, but they would lose again somewhere around Kursk I'd expect. If this proves to be the case, I am doubtful that the Nazis will be able to regain the initiative. They will be on the defensive from that point onward.

    The Russian city of Sevastopol in Crimea held out for years against the British during the Crimean War, but it's situation looks quite precarious in the event of a Nazi invasion, due to its proximity to Romania which is likely to join an Axis invasion of the USSR. If it falls, I think the Soviets will try to make a priority of liberating it, due to its high strategic significance for the USSR and also the Russian Empire hundreds of years before now (when Catherine The Great took it from the Ottoman Turk Empire who took it from the remnants of the Genghis Khan's Mongol Hordes). It is a region that has been coveted by many and probably will remain so, because it commands the Black Sea. Even the ancient Greeks and then medieval Venetians set up there.

    Providing 1943 goes well for the Soviets, in the following year the Red Army will have fielded nearly 300 divisions. A well supplied army of that size could probably even defeat an entire Nazi army group in a gargantuan operation they will predictably call Bagration. This would be decisive and surely lead to Nazi defeat — perhaps in as little as a year later or so.

    The Belarussian SSR and its capital Minsk would fall early in an invasion, but may be not be liberated until 1944, which would see the Germans fall back to Poland. If successful the Soviets could also liberate the Ukrainian SSR (A SSR is a constituent republic within the USSR). Romania will probably surrender and switch sides if that happens.

    I am also confident that Leningrad would be liberated after resisting the Nazis for years, but it is possible that up to half of its people will have already perished during the siege. Tragic. In years to come it would not surprise me if some will blame the Soviets for the deaths during this Nazi siege, because they will come under the impression that Hitler's invasion is somehow the USSR's fault. Modern war huh?

    By this time western Allies may have landed up to five divisions in France and be building up their bridgehead with several more. Hitler will likely misplace trust in his Atlantic Wall and only station two combat divisions in the area, while having nearly two hundred in the east trying to hold back the Red Army. Maybe the Allies will land these divisions at Calais, but Normandy could be an option too.

    I bet if they do manage this landing it will dominate the media's war coverage and have films made about it for years to come, although I think people will have movies at home and binge watch very long films divided into several episodes. Maybe even flying cars and get the first humans into space. I'd call them cosmonauts if I was involved, i.e., Argonauts of the cosmos.

    Then the Soviets will push into Hungary while Tito's Yugoslav partisans free the Balkans and even move into northern Italy. Together with local partisans they are likely to capture Il Duce and end him. Somehow I do not think Stalin and Tito will remain friends, but I do think Tito is capable of preventing the various peoples of the region continuing their tradition of killing each other — at least for a few decades.

    Finally, it will probably be the Red Army who will deliver the final defeat to the Nazis at Berlin, but nearly 30 million Soviet people will have died as a result of Hitler's invasion. I guess the USA will claim victory with the help of Hollywood. That's modern war too, but it is war fought in the battlefield of the mind and public opinion.

    Following that I think the Soviets will move three army groups/fronts to the Manchurian border and quickly defeat what I predict will be Japan's last remaining effective fighting force outside Japan's home islands. The half million strong Kwantung Army.

    If so, the Soviets will equip the Chinese communists who will win the civil war against the western backed nationalists. This will inspire Korean communists, but that will probably result in a quite long stalemate. I think communists in Vietnam will learn from that and have more success though, even though the American capitalists will resist every communist move and fear a domino effect.

    Fighting communism will become like a religion for the Americans. If you thought the Red Scare of the 20s was bad, the next one will be even worse. Too bad if somebody powerful thinks you are a little bit pinko and you work in public office, film or media. If you do not want to be drafted into this capitalist crusade, I'd advise moving to Canada, or becoming an outspoken heavyweight boxer.

    I think there will be mixed results in Latin America, because the USA and its allies will play really dirty there and have no issue with backing fascists to counter communists. On another note I think a communist leader will rise in South Africa, but will be imprisoned most of his life while being called a terrorist by western leaders. When he is finally freed he will be seen as a key figure in the ending of Apartheid. The western leaders will rehabilitate him and claim his success as their own.

    I do not know if the USSR will survive into the next millennia, but I think they will contribute significantly to coming liberation movements around the world where indigenous peoples will finally break the colonial yoke — contribute logistically, ideologically, and diplomatically.

    p.s. I think Winston Churchill will be voted out. A bold prediction I know, but I think The Labour Party will win the first election after the war and introduce a public health system and nationalize the heights of the economy. They might even introduce a comprehensive welfare state, while simultaneously ceasing to be a colonial empire. There will be opponents to this arguing about how to pay for it. I think Labour could succeed though.

    I will be reincarnated in 1970 after an all too brief life as a very good African American Cherokee guitar player named Jimi. I will grow up benefiting from NHS health care, a very good experimental progressive school in a newly built city that has concrete cows, and aided by effective social programs so I do not grow up in poverty, while also doing three paper runs every morning as a kid. I will have a Greek Cypriot refugee stepfather who gets free training in the UK midlands to have a long career as a carpenter, after initially facing a hard time fitting into UK society. I also see a scary woman with an axe. Maggie?

    Then I will move to NZ because it is awesome there, but I will miss Manchester United, which is the other Red Army whose achievements I admire. I think I will spend most of that life working at sea, instead of fighting like now, while also trying to get good at guitar again, because that short stint in the 60s will be really far out (Far out? You may not get it, but your baby boomer kids will. Boomer? Never mind. I'll just predict that almost all the chaperones will go AWOL after this war).

    Seriously, back to the future incarnation. I will discover that two uncles on my mom's side will sadly perish at sea in this war, while my communist grandfather the son of a UK born Italian aristocrat will after some hesitation and conscientious objection decide to join the British Army in North Africa as a medic. That is because fighting and killing working class Italians is a bridge too far for him to deal with right now. BTW, these are only speculations, not spoilers. Nobody can predict the future 😉

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  12. This whole "enterprise" has a striking resemblance to a "belief ceremony"(why Greece as opposed to why not Spain). Certainly Germany had always wanted a warm water port in the Med and there were 2 options open: Salonika most obviously but of course northeastern Italy as well. The latter would for obvious reasons not be considered but the former "as part of an Alliance"(with Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary) certainly could be. Of course there was the novelty of Airpower which could still only be speculated about at this time in World War 2. Clearly this would not be World War 1 anyways. "But that is for another Video..

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  13. permute ALABAMA into ABRAHAM or ARIZONA using monoalphabetic substitution cipher:provide key if you solve, below.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0W4l3o2D78

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  14. Will there be a review of Jojo Rabbit coming? It's definetely one of the best WW2 movies ever made, and it came out recently and got a lot of attention.

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  15. INDY, I have no clue why I am posting this beyond sharing something that others may or may not agree with me concerning you personally. Before I mention that however, I, like so many am a huge WWII buff and history buff in general…I can not imagine what people endured during WWII…I wish I when I was younger and had access to WWI and WWII veterans I would have taken more time with them especially family members… If I only realized then that was the only chance I had to hear stories first hand which I did occasionally but not as much as I now wish I did–certainly would have made a greater effort…I would visit my relatives who still lived in rural areas of the south and the stories I did hear were fascinating concerning history of the area and stories, usually told reluctantly and with great degree of humility followed by spending hours walking the land searching for civil war relics, Native American (Indian) artifacts such as stone arrows, etc…my mother's side was, in fact, Native American and my father was 3rd generation English descent. I had relatives who served in WWII in both the European and Pacific theatres. My great uncle was a multi-year POW of the Germans following his plane being shot down and he was one of the survivors but quickly captured.

    Regardless, I watch each episode and try to place myself in that time period…On a side note, there is a gentleman in my neighboorhood who is putting together a compilation of as many living WWII veterans as he can who were involved in Europe specifically…whereby he takes a few pictures, spends a few hours or whatever they will allow and he may ask questions or simply listen to them speak while recording. He is doing this as a personal crusade without any support or backing. I share these things to inform you how critical it is of his work and in particular how CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO PROVIDE THESE INSIGHTS INTO THE DAYS OF WWII… I believe keeping history alive and in the forefront.

    In your prior video, you mentioned how you despise revisionist HISTORY as do I…(hence, my mentioning what I did to begin this post) and the what-if's vs taking what is known based on facts, whether good or bad, PC or not and not deflecting from it, not destroying or removing as is sadly occurring in history books world-wide which younger generations will not know…and therefore very well may repeat…This is one of the reasons which compelled me to write this post. To simply say thank you. I thank you and your team for doing what you are doing. Having been in college during the 80s there was a memory embedded far back of my mind which I could never force to the front of my mind and has bothered me each time I watch one of your videos… I felt there was a connection or something which I needed to confirm or deny.

    Then it hit me…which I am sharing with no intentions other than to share…what struck me did not involve mannerism, voice, or focus…although there was a specific reality at least in my mind I had to clear up–this "thing" which finally burst forth involved this feeling of having seen you before, heard you and or read your name somewhere but where???… Literally within past 15 minutes, it came to me…when you stated the Title of your previous video which I was just able to watch…you casually looked to someone off-screen with a grin or seemingly an insider joke when you carefully articulated, enunciated the title, "…500 miles…."…I sat up and thought that is it…there was a song during the 80s with lyrics that had to do with 500 miles.., a line perhaps a chorus which mentioned walking 500 miles and 500 miles more…at first, I thought perhaps Men at Work, the Aussie band (think were Aussie) but wasn't them…then it hit me…I thought to myself…IS INDY THE LEAD MALE SINGER OF THE 80S POP BAND B-52s??? I quickly did a Google search only to find there could possibly be an argument for such if made a quick glance with respect to looking similar, facial appearance…but that was comparing the B-52 lead singer during his prime of the 80s vs you today….today, there is no resemblance…but after months that is what had bothered me–As I disclosed from the onset I have ZERO CLUE WHY I AM SHARING THIS WEIRD, NON-RELEVANT Informationbeyond perhaps someone will get a chuckle or simply to inform you…but more than anything else is to say once again, thank you for bringing us these fascinating insights into the days of WWII…as well as always providing whatever you're doing at the beginning… either easter eggs as some call them, clues or perhaps just random rambling to begin each segment…Unlike the B-52s which I only enjoyed a few of their productions, I must confess I enjoy all of yours for whatever that is worth. Take Care…

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  16. cuddos to King Paul for standing up to Germany. Perhaps it’s his bravery, and Tito’s resistance, that made a independent Yugoslavia a possibility. Those nations that sided with Hitler, like Bulgaria and Romania, were firmly locked behind the Iron Curtain. Except Poland, it just got fucked over.

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  17. Singer/song writer Neil Young provoked a reaction in the from fellow artist Lynyrd Skynyrd who wrote a hit song naming this state as his "Sweet Home" by proclaiming that this southern state had the support of the remaining 49 states of the USA to "help it along".

    Sorry Indie, we needed that in the form of a question.

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  18. very detailed history here, I'll watch the rest.
    It would be better if there were longer segments or a play list that plays one after the other.

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  19. I'm sure relieved to hear that plans are being made for the defense of Pearl Harbor. If the harbor were undefended, a surprise attack would be disastrous.

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  20. Did the Italians in Oriental Africa used static defence in open ground? Because I see this as the only answer to all that successful flanking manoeuvre

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  21. i have a question: What were Italian soldiers and generals good at? Seriously, they just kept losing. no power to attack, no skill to defend themselves.

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  22. so basically Italians have been nothing but trouble for Germans and on the other side of the earth Japan will attack pearl harbor. such amazing allies.

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  23. I know I have the benefit of hindsight but Hitler's first and most important priority of the war was to gain access to oil. (hence why the rushed invasion of the USSR) so why not invade turkey or bully them into submission though diplomacy to gain access to the Iraqi oil fields? With the oil crisis over the Germans could finally take time fully equipping their units and reversing the policy of demortorizaion of divisions to save oil.

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  24. And again People die in useless Deserts that belong to neither of them. Fathers and sons, the numbers might seem low but every one of them is a tragedy for a family

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  25. So Kimmel warned Stark of concerns of a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but FDR denies access to Purple and Magic?

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  26. Westerners: „asian people look so much like each other! You can’t tell them apart!“
    Also Westerners: 3:46

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  27. Nothing says Italian more, then getting encircled by British forces constantly.

    This was made by Commonwealth of Australia Gang.

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  28. And here we go, a big stance-shift for the Turks. Remember back in 1940 when the Turks threatened Bulgaria if they went into Greece? And now here they are, signing a treaty of non-interference.

    100 days. That's all it took for Turkey to switch allegiances.

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  29. Britain was crazy to send troops to Greece. It was tactically and strategically nuts, and almost resulted in complete catastrophe.

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  30. 10:40 – 11:29 These Greeks!!
    They should have left Italians pass, occupy their country and not resist to Axis Powers!! Everything would have been simpler now!!!
    World War Two team, are you going to cover Operation Mincemeat in the future???

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  31. You might say that Pavlov didn't get a response.

    Alternatively, it really looks like Russia needs to quit Stalin.

    I'll see myself out.

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  32. What's the death tally up to this point compared to The Great War. I know it will be far under, but it would be cool to know that type of stat

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  33. This was also on my feed this morning…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhg_QIyMxZw Dr. Marten's Boots!

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  34. At 08:42, that young bridesmaid at bottom right is the current Queen Elizabeth II, at that point the daughter of the second son of the then King. What that woman has seen in her lifetime is quite amazing.

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  35. I'm currently reading "Double Crossed" by Matthew Avery Sutton, about Wild Bill Donovan, the beginning of the OSS, and American missionaries who spied for the Allies during the War. It's so far been a very interesting read!

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  36. Admiral Kimmel got railroaded by FDR who Kimmel advised not to put the fleet in Pearl Harbor. Kimmel's grandson is trying to clear his name even now.

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  37. Brace yourself Yugoslavia is coming into the big picture… al će da bude zajebano sunce ti jebem žarko…

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  38. I had only known of Orde Wingate with his Chindits in Burma – never knew he'd been fighting in Ethiopia/Abyssinia.

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  39. "You're a military commander" As we sit on our fat butts stuffing another chip into our mouths and having 500 hours in Hearts of Iron 4. "Fuck yeah I am."

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  40. Please do not forget to make special video about chetniks and Draža Mihailović, the first resistance movement in ocupied Europe

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  41. British: "Let's choose him for leader of Palestine, he seems nice."
    That guy: "Britan SCUKSSS, it's TERRIBLE, GO GERMANY! YEAHHH!!"
    British: "A true loyal citizen, I don't see how this will affect us if war were to ever break out."

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  42. Like Haile Selassie and Julio Inglesias
    Kicking up the tunes and getting high
    So get out of the way
    Of my big ass truck
    Cause I’m pissed up drunk
    And I don’t really give a flying fuck

    (Big Ass Truck by Dayglo Abortions. Only song I know that mentions Haile Selassie)

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  43. Why would the US worry about an attack on Pearl Harbor? Why would the Soviet Union need more roads in the western part of the country? I mean nothing is going to happen in either country this year, right? 😉😉😉

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  44. All quiet on the North Atlantic & China this week? Interesting how 99% of the active front right now is in Africa. It seems like the Western theater of WWII, pre-Barbarossa, is happening in distinct, geographically-separated phases. For example, late-May to late-June 1941 I don' t think there is an active front line in Europe. That would make this week part of the 'African' phase.

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  45. Given how Italy has fared in the war. Why is Italy even considered one of the big three of the Axis Powers? It seems like even Romania did more damage to the allies than Italy.

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  46. Greece was Churchill's fuck up.really had no military value, as well as drawing of valuable resources from North Africa and extending that battle.

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  47. Gee I've changed my mind on this mixed race thing i didn't realise that people of mixed race are bald fat & older that Hans guy was on to something there.

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  48. USA: "Hey Japan, we heard rumors that you might attack Pearl Harbor one of these days. I hope there's no truth to that"
    Japan: "Uhm, yes there's no truth to that. We couldn't possibly win if we did" *nervous sweating*

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