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by 4444
Mon May 04, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: Commanders, Personalities & Award Holders
Topic: Otto Schimek, the Unique Personality
Replies: 0
Views: 1149

Otto Schimek, the Unique Personality

today he would celebrate his 84th birthday. In Memoriam, Otto. Pamiętamy.
by 4444
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:26 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: military bookstore, Budapest
Replies: 1
Views: 718

military bookstore, Budapest

just happened to be in Budapest. Any bookstore with WWII militaria you could recommend?
by 4444
Sat Dec 18, 2004 1:49 pm
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Could France have stoped Germany?
Replies: 57
Views: 10614

Of course I am on occasions guilty of sloppy and imprecise phraseology. Such things inevitably occur because we have limited space on Feldgrau. It is therefore necessary to refine what one means if challenged. This is right, not wrong. I would recommend it to you My view on this is as follows: if o...
by 4444
Sat Dec 18, 2004 11:45 am
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Could France have stoped Germany?
Replies: 57
Views: 10614

As a matter of interest, what were the four Polish ports other than Gdynia which you mentioned earlier? could you please be a bit more careful when reading people who correspond with you, and could you please stop distorting what they wrote? I wrote "Gdynia was not Poland’s only port – there were a...
by 4444
Sat Dec 18, 2004 11:31 am
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Could France have stoped Germany?
Replies: 57
Views: 10614

If the French target was the Ruhr region, then they had to break the resistance of twelve first rate German divisions false. First rate divisions were in Poland at that time. These in the West were not only not first-rate, but also incomplete and twice as many others most of them incomplete breach ...
by 4444
Mon Dec 06, 2004 1:18 am
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Could France have stoped Germany?
Replies: 57
Views: 10614

Sid, Whenever you make a blunder due to your loose, misleading, obscure wording (I do not dare to suspect ignorance), than you refine your statement so that the definiton is narrowed in a very particular way, namely to fit your allegations. You write “German ports” – but what you actually mean is “p...
by 4444
Sun Nov 28, 2004 1:53 am
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Could France have stoped Germany?
Replies: 57
Views: 10614

Sid, 1. To start with the basics again. I am amazed to see how much nonsence one can put in a single paragraph, namely “We can be absolutely sure that Gdynia was Poland's last port to fall because it was Poland's ONLY port. Poland had to build Gdynia almost from scratch between the wars into a city ...
by 4444
Fri Nov 26, 2004 3:24 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: [REQ] identify these troops and one helmet
Replies: 11
Views: 2554

a movie?

to me the first 2 pics look a bit like movie shots. Reason: none in particular, just a general impression... these photos are just too picturesque to be real...
by 4444
Fri Nov 26, 2004 3:19 pm
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: german losses in the polish campagain ?
Replies: 15
Views: 3004

Pipes: 90.000 KIA

Richard Pipes claims in his recent book ("Vixi") that the German losses were 90.000 KIA. I have discussed this number in a separate thread (see the Books section).
by 4444
Fri Nov 26, 2004 3:09 pm
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Could France have stoped Germany?
Replies: 57
Views: 10614

Sid, 1. first, please let me start with the basics. You ask “when WAS Warsaw surrounded”. Certainly not on Sep 18, as you falsely allege. As late as Sep 19 the Warsaw garrison was still in contact with the troops fleeing from the Bzura pocket. I would point to Sep 20 as the day that the capital was ...
by 4444
Fri Nov 26, 2004 7:43 am
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Could France have stoped Germany?
Replies: 57
Views: 10614

Sid, many thanks for the source on the French divisions, which seems to explain the difference between their different types. I presume this is also the source of your claim that “Only about thirty French divisions were first line Active divisions”. If your claim is correct (and I have no reason to ...
by 4444
Thu Nov 25, 2004 9:55 am
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Could France have stoped Germany?
Replies: 57
Views: 10614

Only about thirty French divisions were first line Active divisions (equivalent to the German Welle 1) a source please? Your timetable for "Karlsruhe on day 2 etc." is complete fantasy of course it is. This is the point. French Plan E did not envisage anything like that speed of advance.... as abov...
by 4444
Thu Nov 25, 2004 8:54 am
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Could France have stoped Germany?
Replies: 57
Views: 10614

what could have been saved

Certainly an offensive by the French couldn't have saved Poland, but it might have dictated the terms on which the Germans first committed their forces returning from the east. I would guess that the Germans were probably not in a position to over run France in the winter of 1939-40, but they could...
by 4444
Wed Nov 24, 2004 4:02 pm
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: german losses in the polish campagain ?
Replies: 15
Views: 3004

46.000 KIA in Fall Gelb

Sid, Patrick, thanks. This is more less in line with my expectations. Still, admit being puzzled by the 46.000 KIA figure. Seems a bit on the high side, esp. given the Wehrmacht fielded some 135 divisions for Fall Gelb and not a single divison was wiped out. Some people say the losses were actually ...
by 4444
Tue Nov 09, 2004 2:04 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Richard Pipes, "Vixi" and Fall Weiss numbers
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: Richard Pipes, "Vixi" and Fall Weiss numbers

4444 wrote:anyone has read?
eventually, I have.

Indeed, these are the numbers Pipes endorsed. In the footnote, he points to a book (Warshaw 1972) by a Polish author, certain Zawislki. This is where my query ends.

Must admit being a bit surprised the person in the like of Pipes decided to quote such rubbish.