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by sid guttridge
Sat May 31, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: Removed Threads
Topic: Feldgrau list of approved insults. Suggestions please.
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: Feldgrau list of approved insults. Suggestions please.

On second thoughts, wouldn't it be wiser not to use any gratuitous, personal and irrelevant insults, including "little tinker"?

Sid.
by sid guttridge
Sat May 31, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Removed Threads
Topic: Feldgrau list of approved insults. Suggestions please.
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Feldgrau list of approved insults. Suggestions please.

I have just been officially informed that it is OK to gratuitously call other posters certain names. In particular, we are apparently allowed to call people "little tinker". I had previously thought that any gratuitous, personal and irrelevant insult, however innocuous, was not allowed on Feldgrau i...
by sid guttridge
Fri May 30, 2008 6:43 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: The Camps, Einsatzgruppen, and Waffen SS
Replies: 54
Views: 12382

Re: The Camps, Einsatzgruppen, and Waffen SS

Hi Paddy, To be a war criminal you don't necessarily have to be formally judged one. There is little doubt that most war crimes went unpunished and that most war criminals, regardless of their nationality, never went before a court. One only has to look at the disproportion between the number of vic...
by sid guttridge
Sat May 24, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Emphasis on SS just an "Anglo-Saxon" phenomenon?
Replies: 35
Views: 3401

Re: Emphasis on SS just an "Anglo-Saxon" phenomenon?

Hi sweno, I don't think that Scandinavians were that fascinated by the Waffen-SS at the time. On average during the occupation only about four Danes and four Norwegians volunteered for the Waffen-SS per day, so there wasn't much of a crush at the recruiting offices! The reason why Scandinavians went...
by sid guttridge
Sat May 24, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Emphasis on SS just an "Anglo-Saxon" phenomenon?
Replies: 35
Views: 3401

Re: Emphasis on SS just an "Anglo-Saxon" phenomenon?

Hi pzrmeyer, It would be a bit better to compare like with like if we are going to reach a meaningful comparison. The few thousand Frenchmen who joined the Germans included two major groups. 1) Those who joined in 1941, when the Germans were apparently winning. They spent about ten days in the line ...
by sid guttridge
Sat May 24, 2008 12:22 pm
Forum: World War I
Topic: How Harsh was Austria's "Ultimatum" to Serbia ?
Replies: 8
Views: 6036

Re: How Harsh was Austria's "Ultimatum" to Serbia ?

Hi Glenn, Indeed that is true. However, looking at the list put up above, Serbia was much more compliant than only agreeing 3 out of 10 demands. Read them again and see how many of the ten Austro-Hungarian demands the Serbs rejected. Certainly the German Kaiser thought their compliance rate sufficie...
by sid guttridge
Fri May 23, 2008 10:30 pm
Forum: World War I
Topic: How Harsh was Austria's "Ultimatum" to Serbia ?
Replies: 8
Views: 6036

Re: How Harsh was Austria's "Ultimatum" to Serbia ?

Hi IB, Whether it was a demarche or an ultimatum rather depends on what the consequence of failure to comply were to be. As it resulted in Austro-Hungarian mobilisation, even though Serbia agreed to most of the demands, and the outbreak of war, it looks rather like an ultimatum. What is more, it loo...
by sid guttridge
Fri May 23, 2008 10:17 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Auchinleck
Replies: 44
Views: 9339

Re: Auchinleck

Hi stevenz, While Dominion troops were a major reinforcement, their use sometimes constricted British planning. For example, Churchill stated that if the ANZAC Corps in Greece in 1941 had been entirely British, he would have had a freer hand to make a stand there. In the Rhodesian case, it was recog...
by sid guttridge
Fri May 23, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: Feldgrau Published Authors
Topic: Feldgrau Author: Stephan Hamilton
Replies: 228
Views: 73144

Re: Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945

Hi Stephan, I have two beefs about a lot of military history books: 1) Poor maps, that make the course of events difficult to follow. 2) Lack of input from "the other side of the hill" to provide a rounded picture. How well is your text backed by sequential maps and do you use Soviet personal and pu...
by sid guttridge
Fri May 23, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: The Camps, Einsatzgruppen, and Waffen SS
Replies: 54
Views: 12382

Re: The Camps, Einsatzgruppen, and Waffen SS

Hi stcamp, According to Goldsworthy, a third of Einsatzgruppe A were from the Waffen-SS and, as there was apparently a set formula to their composition, it is probable that the same held true for other einsatzgruppen. I think you are right that a non-specific knowledge of einsatgruppen activities wa...
by sid guttridge
Fri May 23, 2008 9:32 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: The Camps, Einsatzgruppen, and Waffen SS
Replies: 54
Views: 12382

Re: The Camps, Einsatzgruppen, and Waffen SS

Hi Tom, While working in a camp did not necessarily mean personally committing a crime, I would suggest that it does involve the sort of collective responsibility Goldsworthy suggests for the whole Waffen-SS. For example, counting and weighing gold fillings is inocuous in itself, but not if one know...
by sid guttridge
Wed May 21, 2008 1:55 am
Forum: Heer
Topic: The Heer and the Party
Replies: 21
Views: 5229

Re: The Heer and the Party

Hi Hans, I have no idea. What measure do you propose to test whether foreigners in the Waffen-SS were more loyal than Germans in the Army? And loyal to what? Hitler? The NSDAP? Their armed service? Their own country? A Germanic Reich? Yup, you are right about Stalin. Thanks for the correction. What ...
by sid guttridge
Wed May 21, 2008 1:44 am
Forum: Removed Threads
Topic: Valhalla's Warriors - A Review.
Replies: 30
Views: 1460

Re: Valhalla's Warriors - A Review.

Hi Hans, It was also the basis on which Jews were persecuted in Christian societies in the Middle Ages. I think group responsibility is only reasonably applicable when all are demonstrably involved. In the case of the Waffen-SS this is not demonstrable. For example, most of the Volksdeutsche and a g...
by sid guttridge
Tue May 20, 2008 10:17 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Auchinleck
Replies: 44
Views: 9339

Re: Auchinleck

Hi Rodger,

Neither Wavell nor Auchinleck were responsible for the partition debacle. That was down to Mountbatten.

Wavell was Mountbatten's predecessor and therefore left when he arrived. Auchinlek soon fell out with Mountbatten and resigned.

Cheers,

Sid.
by sid guttridge
Tue May 20, 2008 10:10 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Emphasis on SS just an "Anglo-Saxon" phenomenon?
Replies: 35
Views: 3401

Re: Emphasis on SS just an "Anglo-Saxon" phenomenon?

Hi eurasiacan, France has quite an active Waffen-SS publishing industry. There are at least five books on the French division of the Waffen-SS and itys predecessors. The publisher Heimdal has produced some others on other Waffen-SS units. France also has the most prolific uniform and militaria magaz...