: (1) Fewer “strategically diversified”
: aircraft. German industry kept refining
: inferior aircraft. And… no long-range
: (2) Warships had sharper angles and thus
: reflected radar signatures more easily than
: allied ships. And, German warships were
: often top heavy, so sea-keeping was more
: (3) It has recently been discovered that
: Russian tank treads had 1/4-1/2 inch deeper
: “ground bite” on average than German treads.
: This meant that Russian tanks had better
: traction, fuel economy, and speed which
: translated to superior combat performance.
: (4) It was easier for English speakers to
: learn German than for German speakers to
: learn English. Doernitz mentions in his
: autobiography that for want of a
: pronounceable “W” in the German language,
: the war would probably have ended very
: (5) German industry was slower to change to
: a war footing. Agfa was still producing
: commercial camera film in 1943 instead of
: needed military alternatives.
: (6) According to Speer, indoor plumbing was
: still relatively new and untested in some
: parts of Germany; replacing leaking pipes
: caused a strain on the German steel industry
: through much of the war.
: (7) German aircraft carriers appear to have
: been designed by what we today would refer
: to as “Kriegsmarine steam-punk specialists.”
: Had the ships been commissioned, they
: probably would have been sitting ducks to
: flying string bags ala Bismarck
: (8) Germans had Wagner; allies had Glen
: Miller. USO had Hollywood, Germans had UFA.
: (9) “This is the BBC. And now the news…..”
: vs. “Sieg Heil" from the Kroll Opera
: (10) Wehrmacht troops were inclined to sing
: at late hours of the night thus giving away
: their positions. Problematic on the western
: front; devastating on the eastern front.
: (11) 1939 was not 1942 (makes sense for
: those who really know their WWII).
: (12) Experts are now finding that pre-war
: German bricks were often more brittle
: compared to those made by other European
: companies. This made them much more
: susceptible to crumbling during bombing