What do you think is the toughest time in a day? Some would argue that the most difficult times in a day at the office. Others would say dealing with screaming kids or fighting with your spouse or partner. All that could be true, but I want to point out that being alone with our […]Read more "Thoughts at Twilight"
In the stress of my new job, there was an auspicious anniversary that I missed last week. On February 23, 1945, the Marines raised the American flag over Mount Suribachi on the tiny Japanese island called Iwo Jima. The iconic photo was possibly one of the most famous pictures of World War 2. This year […]Read more "A Marine Anniversary"
Brett’s Question: We took a similar stance w/ Japan (as Germany) at the end of the war? In other words we went very easy on them, set them up for stability, etc? Justin’s Answer: Yes and No; it depends. On the one hand, there was a war crimes tribunal: the International Military Tribunal for the […]Read more "Military History Q&A Series Q20"
Why were the Germans so successful in the early days of the World War 2? This is a spinoff. There were several reasons in fact, but perhaps one of reason for their success was that the Germans did something that no one else had done before. Better yet, they attacked where no one had thought […]Read more "Military History Q&A Series Q19"
I’m back! After several weeks of not writing about military history but rather book reviews, AND several weeks of international travel to SE Asia and Orlando, I’m continuing the back and forth I had with my coworker from several months ago. Brett’s Question: Didn’t the other European countries notice the Germans ramping up their military? […]Read more "Military History Q&A Series Q18"
Brett’s Question: How did the allies do reconstruction differently after WW2 to avoid another “post WW1 catastrophe”? Justin’s answer: The difference between 1919 and 1945 was very different. In 1919-20, the Germans and the Russians made a separate peace while the US decided to pull away from European affairs. In WW1, the Western allies kept […]Read more "Military History Q&A Series Q17"
Brett’s Question: How was Switzerland able to successfully stay neutral and avoid Invasion by Germany? Picture: Map of Europe in June 1944 (before D-Day); notice Switzerland’s geopolitical position. Justin’s answer: Armed neutrality. Heavily armed neutrality. First, the Swiss had mined every approach and placed demolition charges on every bridge leading from Germany into Switzerland. If […]Read more "Military History Q&A Series Q16"
As for today, my friend Brett has asked over 20 questions! But again, every now and then, I help him along. The question: How did Americans die in World War 2 before December 7, 1941? Before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Americans were already fighting and dying in combat. In China and […]Read more "Military History Q&A Series Q15"
Brett’s Question: What did the Japanese hope to gain by attacking the US? Justin’s Answer: Economics Japan as an island nation required everything to be imported. They had already seized Manchuria and parts of northern China. However, the top Japanese military officials were hopelessly divided; the Army wanted one strategy and the Navy wanted […]Read more "Military History Q&A Series Q14"
Hmmm…. I had a bit of an oops moment yesterday when I realized Q6 and Q12 were the same. I changed Q6 to another question. I also can’t believe we’re on question 13. Brett’s Question: How would the results on the western front have changed if Hitler didn’t also have to engage on the Eastern […]Read more "Military History Q&A Series Q13"