What would've happened next?
You're assuming that, if Hitler had defeated Britain, the entire Empire would automatically be allied to Germany?
Well, Hitler would still have invaded Russia and been blown the fuck out.
With no British Empire to protect her colonies, War Plan Red would have been executed, Canada and Newfoundland would have been Annexed. Australia and New Zealand would have broken away from the Empire. The Brits who would try to escape German Occupation would most likely end up in India or Australia.
Was there ever a time where an African nation was equal or greater than Europe in context of civilian /comfy/ level?
> ignoring the obvious answer of Mesopotamia
What are some lesser known legends and figures of folklore?
Always found this one interesting as it keeps coming up in so many different folklores, but unlike, say, dragons, vampires, and werewolves, never became a Hollywood staple. Always seems to involve a floating head with its entrails still attached. The exact function of the ghost seems to vary from causing miscarriages by sticking their tongues in women, to drinking blood, or eating the guts of their victims and adding them to their own. The Malaysian variant, whose only claim to fame is a spot in some hold D&D monster manuals, is called the Penanggalan.
The Burmese "Kephn" is the disembodied head and stomach of a wizard who drinks the very souls of the living, and the "Phii Krasue" of Thailand is a crawling, long-tongued Penanggalan lookalike who feeds on blood, intestines, and excrement straight from the rear end of her victims. The Babylonians had another unborn baby eating variant, that seems to be related to the liland owl-demons, that similarly cause miscarriages, sometimes at the behest of scorned Jewish women, who also seem to have adapted them to their folklore.
Why have so relatively many writing systems that are written from the right to the left (which is awkward for a large part of the world population) been created and survived into modern use, while seemingly no bi-directional ones have survived, which while equally awkward for both right-handed and left-handed people to write, can be read faster?
I read somewhere that right-to-left is more convenient for right-handed chisellers to use chisels on stone; whereas left-to-right is more convenient for right-handed ink-users not to smudge the ink.
And this was (possibly) why Greek/Sanskrit went from right-to-left, or even boustrophedon, to left-to-right.
Inscribed Arabic is very rare, as that part of the world used Nabatean before the Arabic letters came about. And that's much easier to engrave.
I guess they never thought to reverse the writing direction after moving to ink.
Hello /his/! /g/oy here.
I've been trying to create a comprehensive analysis of WWII, but I'm lacking a few sources to cite from. Does anyone have any books or documents they find interesting that they could recommend?
General WWII Literature thread
With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge and Catch-22 should be mandatory reading for all WW2 history classes.
Here's some resources I have, extending into things like the battle of Khalkhin Gol:
>Forgotten Ally: China's WW2 by Rana Mitter
About the second Sino-Japanese War
>Japan 1941 by Eri Hotta
Talks about the political situation in Japan that led up to the decision to go to war in 1941
>In the Skies of Nomonhan: Japan Versus Russia May - September 1939 by Dimitar Nedialkov
Looks at the air war component of the Battle of Khalkhin Gol
>Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army's Victory That Shaped World War II by Stuart D. Goldman
Overall look at the Soviet/Japanese border incidents with a focus on the Battle of Khalkhin Gol
>The German War by Nicholas Stargardt
Looks at the home front in Germany during WW2.
>Red Phoenix Rising by Von Hardesty
Looks at the development of the Soviet Air Force over the course of WW2. It demonstrates a lot of these changes by focusing on several campaigns - Barbarossa, Moscow, Stalingrad, Kuban, Bagration, and the offensives of 1945
>Where the Iron Crosses Grow by Robert Forczyk
A look at Crimea in WW2. Covers the air operations from the peninsula after Barbarossa, the German conquest, occupation, liberation by the Soviets, and then immediate aftermath of the liberation.
What happened to him?
The "why did the USA lose Vietnam" is done do death, so I'd like to discuss South Vietnam itself.
1. What was the South Vietnamese military like compared to the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong in terms of weapons, strength, morale, and capabilities. Who had better commanders?
2. Why and how did South Vietnam get overrun? Did they run out of will to fight? Why wasn't the South Vietnamese military able to hold back Northern forces?
3. Why was there no pro-Western counterpart to the Viet Cong operating in North Vietnam?
>Why and how did South Vietnam get overrun? Did they run out of will to fight? Why wasn't the South Vietnamese military able to hold back Northern forces?
Their entire doctrine relied on American supplies of weapons and ammunition and Air Force help in the case of Northern re-engagement. Then the North Vietnam indeed re-engaged and Americans just pussied out and did nothing.
>1. What was the South Vietnamese military like compared to the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong in terms of weapons, strength, morale, and capabilities. Who had better commanders?
Better armed than the VC, but literally no training because they could not be bothered half the time. Most of them were drug addicts, who didn't give a fuck and avoided fighting at all costs, highly distrusted by the Vietnamese population and the American forces likewise. Officers were highly useless and corrupt to the very top. No moral or reason to die unlike the Cong and NVA who were not only willing to die in the line of duty, but purposefully sacrifice themselves by suicide bombing American forces or using themselves as human decoys/shields regularly.
Or that's what picture I built up from reading eyewitness accounts from grunts that were in 'Nam
What went so right?
>Battle of Smolensk
Barbarossa was fucked up from the beggining, they suffered worse casualty ratio against the Red army than against the French, Smolensk was OKW autism that lost them Moscow
How was life like for a Wehrmacht soldier on the eastern front during WWII when they were being pushed by the soviets?
What was the morale.
How do you cure someone whose brain has been infected by ideology?
Socratic debates leading nowhere.
When your counterpart admits to theirselves there isn't a solid logical basis for their moral axioms, they may accept the that their will, wants and emotions are stronger than the chains of their choosing.