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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 9:04 p.m. PST


"•A number of air crewmen died of farts. (ascending to 20,000 ft. in an un-pressurized aircraft causes intestinal gas to expand 300%!)" (?)

"•The Graf Spee never sank, The scuttling attempt failed and the ship was bought by the British. On board was Germany's newest radar system." What???

"•Following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 US and Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska. 21 troops were killed in the fire-fight. It would have been worse if there had been Japanese on the island." Can be posible?

"•Most members of the Waffen SS were not German."
Maybe at the end of the War…

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RudyNelson08 Nov 2017 9:40 p.m. PST

Many years ago, there was a Ridleys believe it or not paperback on strange military facts. I read it so much that the covers came off.

The Kiska attack is well known as were the nine combat and friendly fire losses.
The Number of Foreign units in the Waffen SS is also well known to the average researcher. Every country that they occupied provided men to the Waffen SS including Mosley's from the Balkans.

bsrlee09 Nov 2017 4:11 a.m. PST

Yep, the Graf Spee didn't completely sink, someone forgot to check out how deep the water was when scuttling, resulting in all the interesting bits still being above water.

The British got technical personnel on board pretty much while the wreck was still smoking and examined the radar, not sure about when they purchased the wreck, which was probably a cash hand out to keep the locals on side.

Fred Cartwright10 Nov 2017 11:38 a.m. PST

IIRC it was 11m of water the Graf Spee sank in and I think it was mid War the British purchased the wreck and it was done through a front company.

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