Remaining mysteries of WWII

Commander

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,362
Jacksonville, FL
In your opinion, what are the top three remaining mysteries or questions left to be answered about WWII?
 

Nick

Historum Emeritas
Jul 2006
6,111
UK
1 Did Hitler really kill himself?
2 How were the German people so blind as to support the Nazis in their rise to power?
3 What would the world be like today if the Axis won?
 

Commander

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,362
Jacksonville, FL
Good answers Nick... but about #3, you have to wonder if there would even be a world if the Axis had won
 
Jul 2006
314
Massachusetts
88-Scharführer Nordwinter said:
How many Jewish people were actually slain by Hitler's Nazi empire?
No one can be sure, although quite a few records from the concentration camps survive, enough to put the numbers inthe millions. The estimate is between five and seven million. Of course, even though the Jews were the primary scapegoats, the Nazis included millions of other undesirables, including many of the Christian leadership of Europe, mainly Catholic and Protestant.

Chris--
 
Jul 2006
314
Massachusetts
Commander said:
In your opinion, what are the top three remaining mysteries or questions left to be answered about WWII?
1. Was there actually a WWII or was it the second act of the Great War?

2. Why did the destruction of ethnic groups become more important than economic needs?

3. Why did Germany attack the USSR before defeating Western Europe?

Chris--
 
Sep 2006
175
Earth
DigitusImpudicus said:
1. Was there actually a WWII or was it the second act of the Great War?

2. Why did the destruction of ethnic groups become more important than economic needs?

3. Why did Germany attack the USSR before defeating Western Europe?

Chris--
I like those. A lot.
 
Aug 2006
275
1. What would China be like if the nationalist had won?

2. What would have happend if Rommel seized power?

3. Would we hear more about the USSR mass killings if they had stayed in the Axis (USSR killed many more people, many of thier own too)
 
Sep 2006
33
West "By Gawd" Virginia
Since many of the answers thus far fall in the "What if" category I'll add :

1.) What if the D-Day invasion had not been successful?

2.) What if intelligence would've been better and Operation Market Garden had been cancelled? (Could the men and materials have been better used by the Allies in furthering the push already started with the D-Day Invasion?)

3.) What if the Battle of Britain had gone in the German's favor and the UK was invaded by Germany? (Would this have delayed the United States' participation in the ETO? Would they have conventrated on the PTO first then moved our carrier forces into the Atlantic, since there would've been no real base to stage an attack from?)
 
Sep 2006
47
Richmond, VT
1. What would have happened had France and Britian moved into the Rhineland when the Nazi's occupied it ?

2. How might things have been different had the Czech's not been pressured into handing the Sudetenland over to Hitler, thus taking away a large part of their border defenses ?

3. How might the war against Russia have been different had Hitler not ordered Field Marshall von Paulus to stay in Stalingrad way past the point where such an attack could have succeeded ?

This could go on for a while. :) I can already think of three more I'd probably ask about this topic.