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by Michael N. Ryan
Wed Apr 26, 2006 8:38 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: Donitz "what if" novel
Replies: 6
Views: 1260

Most of what I learned about Doenitz was from his obituary when he died while I was in High School plus the various bits found in books and tv documenteries on the battle of the Atlantic. Doenitz lost both of his sons during the war. One died in a U-boat the other died while serving in the E-boats. ...
by Michael N. Ryan
Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:31 pm
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: Donitz "what if" novel
Replies: 6
Views: 1260

I honestly do not believe Doenitz would do anything. If I recall, after he was released, Doenitz went into seclusion rather than try to reinvent himself like Albert Speare and Baldur von Schirach. He was a devout Christian and I doubt would want to have anything to do with a fourth reich. It might e...
by Michael N. Ryan
Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:23 am
Forum: General WWII German Military Discussion
Topic: Identify a German SS General's Uniform
Replies: 2
Views: 1204

one or two epulets.

Waffen SS officers had two epulets while General SS officers had only one.

Axis Biographical Research might be a good place to look for possible former owners.

I would put the address down but one of the compnonant symbols isn't on my keyboard.
by Michael N. Ryan
Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:42 pm
Forum: General WWII German Military Discussion
Topic: Identify a German SS General's Uniform
Replies: 2
Views: 1204

If the leaf is three pronged, then two pips and a leaf means an SS Obergroupenfueher which is basicly a general.

Why do you bother posting such a question here? Any SS refurence book can provide you the ranks by insignia.
by Michael N. Ryan
Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: General WWII German Military Discussion
Topic: Mission Impossible: Third Reich evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 4736

Excuse me, foggy minded me, I ment Huge Eckener no Eckert.
by Michael N. Ryan
Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:31 pm
Forum: General WWII German Military Discussion
Topic: Mission Impossible: Third Reich evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 4736

Von Papen was an inept bungler with great interest in intrigue but no real talent. I read somewhere that in WWI he bungled his assignments badly. Just as he bungled his way through the Weimar Republic. He was, after all, the guy who recomended to Hindenberg that they give Hitler his position as Chan...
by Michael N. Ryan
Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:18 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: If Spain joined the Axis in 1941
Replies: 25
Views: 3732

Spain's troops were combat experienced veterans. However this does not mean they could break the fortifications of Gibralter which Britain could easily supply and maintain (remember Malta?). At the same time, Spain had not the economy or industry to support any war effort or the means to support its...
by Michael N. Ryan
Sun Apr 09, 2006 11:16 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: If Spain joined the Axis in 1941
Replies: 25
Views: 3732

If Spain had foolishly joined the axis in 1941 its only reward would have been ruin. Spain was a mess still recovering from its civil war. Not much money. Most of its cities bombed. A lot of people dead. Many starving. Spain's air force and navy were in the process of becoming antiquidated and had h...
by Michael N. Ryan
Fri Apr 07, 2006 6:12 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: Do you smoke?
Replies: 75
Views: 10574

NO. It is a waste of money and a wasting of one's lungs and ultimately one's life.
by Michael N. Ryan
Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: General WWII German Military Discussion
Topic: Mission Impossible: Third Reich evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 4736

In a power vacume all things are possible. There were several Hohenzollern princes, including the crown prince, available. Several plotters, including Carnaris's number two Oster, actually discussed it. You are right Hitler would never allow a return to the Kaiser's days but he did do his best to be...
by Michael N. Ryan
Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:22 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: What if: Rommel on the Eastern front
Replies: 10
Views: 1389

I think Rommel on the eastern front would have been a disaster. He was good with small units of Division size or slightly greater. He was good at making rapid leaps and flanking moves but the Eastern Front would be too big and too complex for him to handle. Perhaps as a Panzer corps leader he would ...
by Michael N. Ryan
Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:26 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: AXIS victory in Normandy WHAT IF???
Replies: 92
Views: 13734

But well within reach of allied forces in Sicily, Sardinia and North Africa. And let us not forget aircraft carriers. The terrain far is more conductive to rapid movement of armored formations. A lot of soldiers died among the dykes and between the hedges who would not have had those in the south of...
by Michael N. Ryan
Fri Mar 24, 2006 6:04 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: AXIS victory in Normandy WHAT IF???
Replies: 92
Views: 13734

I know about the southern invasion. It was a cake walk. Personally, this is what the allies should have done instead of Normandy. But I doubt it would have been so easy without the allied actions in Normandy. The Germans would be flush with victory and The allies demoralized where in history it was ...
by Michael N. Ryan
Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:33 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: AXIS victory in Normandy WHAT IF???
Replies: 92
Views: 13734

I suspect worst case scenerio would be ultimately what would happen would be Soviet control of all Continental Europe execept Italy and the total extinction of europe's Jews. The Allies would have to wait another year before trying again. Certainly they would have to rebuild. Replace their losses su...
by Michael N. Ryan
Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:27 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: Writing a Waffen SS novel
Replies: 46
Views: 6716

Most publishers no longer accept manuscripts directly. They require an agent to submit it on an author's behalf. Reduces the work load of their readers. Eliminates the pathetic works. Agents can be found in the various writer's journals and magazines. There's a book for writers that lists agents and...