Page 3 of 40 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 ... LastLast
Results 31 to 45 of 589

Could the Allies defeat Germany only with air power?

Aviation Discuss Could the Allies defeat Germany only with air power? in the World War II - Aviation forums; Originally Posted by Jenisch FDR was very inclined to enter in the war. About the American people, well, most were ...

  1. #31
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    pound va
    Posts
    2,126
    Country
    United States
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenisch View Post
    FDR was very inclined to enter in the war. About the American people, well, most were already in agreed with the attacks on the U-boats. And after they entered in the war, I doubt the population would retain a feeling of get out of it. Specially after the first sacrificies. They would want to liberate Europe and finnish Hitler. The Americans accepted a similar number of casualities of WWII in Vietnam, were the public was even less interested. I belive everything would depend on the situation. Still, I'm not quiet sure about this. After Pearl Harbor the American moral and enthusiasm against Hitler started to climb like a rocket. Which make appears they were already inclined to it.
    You are seriously misinformed, The USA suffered over 400,000 deaths in WW2, but 58,000 in Vietnam. You would have to go back to America's Civil war to find a era with as much turmoil as the decade we fought in Vietnam.


  2. #32
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    1,000
    Country
    Brazil
    Post Thanks / Like
    Jabberwocky, I put the tittle of the topic incorrectly. The air power would be used to try pave the way for an invasion.

    Something more to add:

    In addition to the aircraft deliveries American Lend-lease deliveries to Russia included also more than 400.000 trucks, over 12.000 tanks and other combat vehicles, 32.000 motorcycles, 13.000 locomotives and railway cars, 8.000 anti-aircraft cannons and machine-guns, 135.000 submachine guns, 300.000 tons of explosives, 40.000 field radios, some 400 radar systems, 400.000 metal cutting machi*ne tools, several million tons of foodstuff, steel, other metals, oil and gasoline, chemicals etc.

    I found hard to desconsiderate this used against the Germans by the US and UK. Together with the 18,000 planes they send. While everything was not develivered simultaneously, anyway it was much more than the Germans would be able to produce and employ.

  3. #33
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    1,000
    Country
    Brazil
    Post Thanks / Like
    British aircraft for Russia in '41:

    A total of 699 Lend-Lease aircraft had been delivered to Archangel by the time the Arctic convoys switched to Murmansk in December 1941. Of these, 99 Hurricanes and 39 Tomahawks were in service with the Soviet air defense forces on January 1, 1942, out of a total of 1,470 fighters. About 15 percent of the aircraft of the 6th Fighter Air Corps defending Moscow were Tomahawks or Hurricanes.

    British tanks for Russia in '41:

    the first 20 British tanks arrived at the Soviet tank training school in Kazan on October 28, 1941, at which point a further 120 tanks were unloaded at the port of Archangel in northern Russia. Courses on the British tanks for Soviet crews started during November as the first tanks, with British assistance, were being assembled from their in-transit states and undergoing testing by Soviet specialists.

    The tanks reached the front lines with extraordinary speed. Extrapolating from available statistics, researchers estimate that British-supplied tanks made up 30 to 40 percent of the entire heavy and medium tank strength of Soviet forces before Moscow at the beginning of December 1941, and certainly made up a significant proportion of tanks available as reinforcements at this critical point in the fighting. By the end of 1941 Britain had delivered 466 tanks out of the 750 promised


    Canadian tanks for Russia:

    A steady stream of British-made tanks continued to flow into the Red Army through the spring and summer of 1942. Canada would eventually produce 1,420 Valentines, almost exclusively for delivery to the Soviet Union. By July 1942 the Red Army had 13,500 tanks in service, with more than 16 percent of those imported, and more than half of those British.

    Did Russia Really Go It Alone? How Lend-Lease Helped the Soviets Defeat the Germans

    This subject is very complex. For every advantage one side has, the other has disadvantages. But I don't think the Germans have a favourable weight. I'm starting to think what I already hear from some people that Nazi Germany is overestimated though hardly a paper tiger.
    Last edited by Jenisch; 11-22-2011 at 10:33 PM.

  4. #34
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    1,000
    Country
    Brazil
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by tyrodtom View Post
    You are seriously misinformed, The USA suffered over 400,000 deaths in WW2, but 58,000 in Vietnam. You would have to go back to America's Civil war to find a era with as much turmoil as the decade we fought in Vietnam.
    Really. But I was talking about total casualities, those were really 400,000 in Vietnam.
    Last edited by Jenisch; 11-22-2011 at 10:38 PM.

  5. #35
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    pound va
    Posts
    2,126
    Country
    United States
    Post Thanks / Like
    Over 75% of Germany's military deaths were from fighting the Russians, not the 50% you stated. Causalties rates are even more lopsided. So these men not injured and killed fighting the Russian would certainly make a invasion of Europe a great deal more difficult, if not impossible.

    Even with all the material the Allies sent to Russia, they didn't lack for supplies. What there was a shortage of was people, it took a lot of people to manufactor all those supplies.

    I don't know if Americans would have been willing to sacrifice the way they did in WW2, if they were not directly attacked the way they were at Pearl Harbor.

  6. #36
    Banned Ratsel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    798
    Country
    Germany
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenisch View Post
    Really. But I was talking about total casualities, those were really 400,000 in Vietnam.
    total in Europe was what? 50 million in WWII?

  7. #37
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    1,000
    Country
    Brazil
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Ratsel View Post
    total in Europe was what? 50 million in WWII?
    I was talking about the total Americans casualities in WWII, which were about 400,000. In Vietnam the numbers are similar but the KIA-MIA were much higher than in WWII.
    Last edited by Jenisch; 11-23-2011 at 01:06 AM.

  8. #38
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    1,000
    Country
    Brazil
    Post Thanks / Like
    Well, I have to admitt that I was a little impulsive with this topic. And while I'm not convinced of anything yet, still need to study a lot about this subject to form an opinion. I like to view the historical possibilities which were frequentely desconsiderated. If someday I find strong factors showing a possibility of the Anglo-Americans and their air power to pave the way for defeat Nazi Germany only by themselfs, it will be pleasure to share this together with the proper consistent references with such a nice aviation community.

    Now, I will abort my bombing mission and see if it can be flown in the future. Thanks for your attention guys!
    Last edited by Jenisch; 11-23-2011 at 12:57 AM.

  9. #39
    Der Crew Chief DerAdlerIstGelandet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    USA/Germany
    Posts
    40,447
    Country
    United States
    Country II
    Germany
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Ratsel View Post
    England
    How is that?

    What with Do 17s, Ju 88s and He 111s, being escorted by 109s with not enough range?

    The allies had the heavy bombers and the numbers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenisch View Post
    I was talking about the total Americans casualities in WWII, which were about 400,000. In Vietnam the numbers are similar but the KIA-MIA were much higher than in WWII.
    Nope, you are still off.

    US Killed/Missing
    WW2 - 416,837
    Vietnam - 59,907

    US Wounded
    WW2 - 683,846
    Vietnam - 303,635

    Total US Casualties
    WW2 - 1,100,683
    Vietnam - 363,542

    A bit of a difference.

    And back to the original question.

    No.

    Why? Simple, you have to have boots on the ground to win a war. Without the Eastern Front, the Germans could concentrate their air forces over fortress Europe.
    Last edited by DerAdlerIstGelandet; 11-23-2011 at 07:52 AM. Reason: Merged posts...


    fly boy:"isnt that the first jet bomber becasue i have flown one in a flight sim before and i know how it handles"

  10. #40
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    4,446
    Country
    United Kingdom
    Post Thanks / Like
    Answer to original question.....No.
    Cheers
    Steve

  11. #41
    "Shooter" evangilder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Moorpark, CA
    Posts
    19,153
    Country
    United States
    Post Thanks / Like
    The MIA numbers are below. This information comes from the United States Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO).

    WWI
    Total POW/MIA 7,323
    POWs returned 3,973
    Still MIA 3,350

    WWII
    Total POW/MIA 194,879
    POWs returned 116,129
    Still MIA 78,750

    Korea
    Total POW/MIA 12,654
    POWs returned 4,439
    Still MIA 8,215

    Vietnam
    Total POW/MIA 2,596
    POWs returned 591
    Still MIA 2,005

    Cold War
    Total POW/MIA 124
    POWs returned 0
    Still MIA 124


    > I Support Doug Gilliss <

    For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. Leonardo Da Vinci

  12. #42
    Senior Member michaelmaltby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    2,740
    Country
    Canada
    Post Thanks / Like
    Those are very sobering numbers, evanglider. Especially for Korea where prisoners were exposed to Communist indoctrination in a very serious way. Many US POW's, I have been told, simply rolled over in their bunks, gave up, and died.

    MM

  13. #43
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    1,000
    Country
    Brazil
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by DerAdlerIstGelandet View Post

    Why? Simple, you have to have boots on the ground to win a war. Without the Eastern Front, the Germans could concentrate their air forces over fortress Europe.
    What lead you to belive the Luftwaffe would be invencible, specially with all the aircraft send to the Pacific and Russia (Lend Lease) being use against it?

    About the ground forces, yes, already said the tittle of the thread was wrong. The question would be the use of the Anglo-American air power to pave a way for an invasion. Not necessarily from France or France alone.
    Last edited by Jenisch; 11-23-2011 at 09:52 AM.

  14. #44
    Der Crew Chief DerAdlerIstGelandet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    USA/Germany
    Posts
    40,447
    Country
    United States
    Country II
    Germany
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenisch View Post
    What lead you to belive the Luftwaffe would be invencible, specially with all the aircraft send to the Pacific and Russia (Lend Lease) being use against it?
    Where did I say they were invincible? I just said the allies would not be able to defeat the Germans off of air power alone. It would take a combination of air, ground and sea forces (just like it did historically).


    fly boy:"isnt that the first jet bomber becasue i have flown one in a flight sim before and i know how it handles"

  15. #45
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    607
    Post Thanks / Like
    Bear in mind 1941 German and British bombing campaigns were completely different. Britain was attempting to destroy civilian property by area bombardment. Germany was attempting to strangle Britain economically by closing major seaports such as London and Liverpool.
    There wasn't that much difference in 1941. The RAF had other priorities for the first half of the year, chiefly German naval targets. It was only in July (after the Germans had abandoned the Blitz) that area bombing became a priority. As a result about a third of the RAF's tonnage went on area attacks in 1941.

    There's no breakdown of the Luftwaffe's attacks by whether civilians or industry were the target, and many raids had both listed as priorities (eg Coventry). But there were certainly area attacks by the Luftwaffe. In London, for example, the boroughs that received the most bombs by area were in the centre of the city and to the north and west, well away from the docklands.

Page 3 of 40 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 226
    Last Post: 05-17-2011, 04:00 PM
  2. Replies: 79
    Last Post: 03-02-2011, 01:23 AM
  3. Would Anyone Like To Review My Work?
    By Negative Creep in forum OFF-Topic / Misc.
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-04-2009, 11:45 PM
  4. Did the US save Europe in WW2?
    By syscom3 in forum Old Threads
    Replies: 683
    Last Post: 02-25-2008, 05:45 PM
  5. Best Jet of the War?
    By cheddar cheese in forum Polls
    Replies: 495
    Last Post: 07-12-2005, 05:00 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93