Fighting Far Away From Home – Allied Advance in Africa – WW2 – 072 – January 11 1941

Fighting Far Away From Home – Allied Advance in Africa – WW2 – 072 – January 11 1941


Yes, just a coffee. That’s all I want, is just a coffee. What. Sand…? What does sand have to do. So I can’t get a coffee..? Because of sand… yeah.. okay.. January 11, 1941 Germany has let Italy have a free hand in
the Mediterranean so far this war, but no longer, for Italian setbacks have seriously
concerned Adolf Hitler. This week, the Germans attack. I’m Indy Neidell; this is World War Two. Last week, RAF and Luftwaffe bombs fell on
each other’s countries, British and Commonwealth forces attacked Bardia in North Africa, and
the Greek army made ready to advance toward the Italian held Klisura Pass in Albania. That advance happens this week. This is a major strategic point. The Greek counter attack in November and December
had taken lots of territory, but had dangerously extended supply lines and caused logistical
issues, and this Pass could very much help Greece secure its gains. The Greek 2nd Corps leads the attacks, and
after four days of fierce fighting the Greek infantry manages to take the pass. The Italian armor features the new M13 medium
tanks, but Greek artillery makes pretty short work of a number of them. Italy launches immediate counterattacks that
include the Julia and Lupi di Toscana Divisions, but since those attacks are so hastily prepared,
they not only fail, but the Greeks seriously maul the Lupi di Toscana troops, who are new
arrivals from Italy, and secure their hold on Klisura Pass. This is a pretty big victory for the Greeks,
though, and taking Klisura Pass also certainly helps with the Greek plan to capture Valona
and leave the Italians with just one Albanian port for reinforcements. That advance is not the only one continuing
this week. British and Commonwealth forces do not pause
to regroup after taking Bardia the 5th, and even during the fighting there they are working
to cut off Tobruk, the next North African goal. This they have accomplished by the 8th. Two Australian brigades, the 16th and 19th,
have come up to the south and east of Tobruk while the 4th armored Brigade and the 7th
Armored Division’s Support Group have cut the western routes from the town. You may think the Italian Air Force would
do something against these maneuvers, but they’ve lost their air base at El Adem and
are in disarray. Tobruk is not just a stepping stone along
the advance, but is a major goal. See, taking it would mean no longer relying
on the overland supply and communications route from Alexandria- nearly 700 km away. The port of Tobruk would mean a much easier
marine supply route. But until they can take control of that port,
they will have the same supply problems they’ve always had. Currently, they’re supplied by Field Supply
Depots, FSDs. They have one chain on the cost and one on
the escarpment like 80 km from it. These not only have to provide for the army’s
daily needs, but also the build up for the attack on Tobruk, and ALSO for the time when
the port is being made operational- assuming the Italians sabotage it. That’s a lot of supplies, and an increase
in the road traffic required for it and constant sandstorms make logistics a nightmare. Getting close to Tobruk also means outrunning
FSDs 8 and 9, so now 10 and 11 are being formed, some 60 km east of Tobruk. If that sounds convenient, well, David Braddock
writes about the FSD situation in “Britain’s Desert War in Egypt and Libya”. “Until this time the leap-frogging of FSDs
so that a division always had one within reach had been very successful, but the system was
now beginning to fail in items which the troops could do without for a time, but for which
a steady flow was essential if the fighting power and efficiency of the army was to be
maintained. A fundamental difficulty lay in the problem
of relating the bulk dispatch of supplies from Alexandria to the needs of changing tactical
situations… Sollum remained as the only effective sea
head… but road convoys from Matruh were still needed especially in emergencies, and
on different occasions 120,000 gallons of fuel and 16,000 rations had to be driven 200
miles (320 km) up to the army in the desert.” The 7th Armored Division is now down to around
70 cruisers and a bit under twice that light tanks. That has to be a real big concern for Field
Commander Richard O’Connor, especially planning ahead, because if and when Tobruk falls, that
armor is gonna have to lead the next advance- to Derna and Mechili, assuming it’ still
operational. And another possible wrinkle for the future:
on the 11th, Adolf Hitler issues Directive 22, to relieve Benito Mussolini and the Italian
forces. German troops will be sent to Tripoli, German
aircraft will wreak havoc on the British from Sicily, and German forces would even be ready
to move into Albania, should the be required to help an Italian offensive. But the British are about to launch yet another
offensive of their own, actually, one in East Africa. It’s more of a counter offensive really,
and the first blows are to come from Sudan. William Platt is promoted to Lieutenant-General
January 7th, and he has been given two overall objectives by Archibald Wavell. One, to simply secure Sudan, but also to remove
the threat to maritime supply routes. They are vital not just in East Africa, but
also in the western desert. Until the Red Sea can be guaranteed safe,
the US will to allow its merchant ships to use that route, and once they can and do use
it, then British shipping would be free elsewhere. Platt, from his Khartoum headquarters, considers
Kassala- the scene of a bunch of fighting in 1940, his target. Terrain and weather are going to be major
issues in this region. The 4th Indian Division, which saw plenty
of action a few weeks ago at Sidi Barrani, has been transferred to Platt, so he will
have two Indian divisions- the 5th as well, a company of infantry tanks, and a battery
of howitzers (Abyssinian Campaigns). He will be able to field about 15,000 troops. The 4th is arriving by two routes, the Red
Sea and the Nile. On the 7th, part of the force arrives at Port
Sudan the rest is soon to come. But while there’s no fighting there yet,
there is this week far to the east, where tensions have been building for awhile. On the 5th, full-scale fighting breaks out
between the Chinese Communist New 4th Army and the Chinese Nationalists 40th Division
and continues for days. Each side blames the other for hostilities. Xiang Ying is the overall commander of the
Communist forces, with General Ye Ting under him, but he is nowhere to be found for much
of this week, turning up on the 10th and telling party headquarters that he had been surrounded
and was trying to find a way out with a small party of men. Headquarters calls him a coward. However, even with him back, the Nationalists
have the advantage, and the Communist forces take some 9,000 casualties. Tensions also flare into violence to the southwest
this week. On the 5th, after a report that French Indochinese
forces had attacked the Thai border town Aranyaprathet, two of the 4 Thai armies, the Burapha and
Isan, attack Laos and Cambodia, which are French Proptectorates. Thai forces overrun the border regions in
Laos pretty quickly, brushing aside opposition, but the French offer stiffer resistance in
Cambodia and the fighting continues as the Thai forces don’t advance too far beyond
the border. Germany is also beginning something this week. On the 10th, German planes attack an Allied
Mediterranean shipping convoy. Among other actions, they damage the British
Carrier Illustrious. This is the first German action in the Mediterranean,
but shows that the Luftwaffe must now be reckoned with in the region. The Illustrious is pretty much the Axis’
top shipping target since its role in the Battle of Taranto two months ago had given
the British Mediterranean Naval Supremacy. The Luftwaffe has been even running mock attacks
on it to prepare for the real thing. So now with Italian SM 79s drawing away the
Illustrious’ planes, around ten Stuka dive bombers attack the carrier unopposed, scoring
six hits. The Illustrious heads for harbor in Malta,
having taken some pretty heavy damage and 126 crew killed. Thing is, British military intel had told
the Air Ministry of the Luftwaffe’s presence on Sicily last week, but they didn’t tell
the Admiralty, and if they had then that whole convoy operation- Operation Excess- would
likely not have sailed within range of the dive bombers. They fly again on the 11th at the end of the
week, and damage the light cruiser Southampton so badly that it is scuttled. The engineers at the Grand Harbor in Malta
work to repair the Illustrious. The British will withdraw their heavy naval
units from the central Mediterranean based on what the enemy’s land based aircraft
can accomplish. Malta’s agony is just beginning as well. Also in the skies this week, in Britain on
the 11th, 57 people are killed and 69 injured when a bomb drops just outside the Bank of
England, destroying the tube station below and creating a 120 foot wide crater. Sources do differ slightly on the exact number
of people killed. And here are two notes to end the week. On the 10th the Lend-Lease act is introduced
in Congress in the United States. This aims to circumvent the restrictions on
and problems with selling military supplies to Britain by “lending” or “leasing”
them instead. Also on the 10th, the German-Soviet Border
and commercial agreement is signed. This is sort of a continuation of their 1939
pact and settles some border issues and provides for economic relations between the two. And the week ends, with the Greeks getting
a good foothold in Albania, the British planning for one in North Africa and another in East
Africa, infighting in China, French and Thai forces fighting in Laos and Cambodia, and
action in the Mediterranean that may have large long term strategic effects. Also this week, on the 6th – US President
Franklin Roosevelt speaks of the four essential freedoms on which the future should be founded:
freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship God, freedom from want, and freedom
from fear. “Translated into world terms means a worldwide
reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation
will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor,
anywhere in the world.” He adds that a world like that would be “the
very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create
with the crash of the bomb.” But here’s my prediction for the near future
here in 1941: any attempt- no matter how idealistic- to try and bring forth such a world will involve
the crash of a great many bombs, more and more of them, and ever bigger and bigger. And while there are bombs falling on a great
many fronts this week, there is also plenty of action behind the frontlines: If you’d
like to learn more about the early resistance movements inside Hitler’s Nazi Germany you
can check out our War Against Humanity episode on that right here: Any minute now! Our Patron of the week is Amanda Adlem. It is thanks to Patrons like Amanda that we
can continue to make videos like this, covering the war for however long it may last so make
sure to support us on Patreon.com or timeghost.tv. Don’t forget to subscribe and ring the bell! See you next time!

100 thoughts on “Fighting Far Away From Home – Allied Advance in Africa – WW2 – 072 – January 11 1941

  • January 8, 2020 at 9:46 am
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    It looks like all fronts are heating up this week. And that the German reaction to the British offensive in North-Africa and the Greek progress in Albania is to move more German troops southward. This week already shows how that potentially threatens Britains position in the Mediterranean. Well, just like the British and Germans, we hope to increase our manpower in 1941. Do your part and expand our community of loyal supporters and history buffs by joining the TimeGhost Army on www.patreon.com/timeghosthistory and https://timeghost.tv. The war effort needs you!
    Cheers, Joram

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  • January 11, 2020 at 10:03 pm
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    About the Dutch resistance group called "De Geuzen" (the Beggars) formed directly after the capitulation of the Netherlands on may 15th 1940. It's founder Bernardus IJzerdraat was betrayed and arrested on november the 25th, and at the directions in documents found at his home the rest of the group was arrested by the German SD, among them was Sjaak Boezeman (arrested on the 2nd of december 1940), who lived and grew up in my hometown of Maassluis. Most of this group where from the Rijnmond region (Maassluis, Vlaardingen, Schiedam and Rotterdam).

    On the evening at around 23.00 of January the 8th 1940 he is taken out of his cell at the prison in the Hague by Sicherheitsdienst (SD) Polizisten Krämer, Makowski en Zinkel. And taken to the Binnenhof (former Dutch seat of parlement) for questioning, SS Untersturmführer Ernst Knorr also attend this questioning, later at around 3 at night he is brought back to his cell, being so severly beaten that he will die a few hours later in the early hours of January the 9th 1941.

    He is the first of "De Geuzen" who dies, the others will follow in march after the "Geuzen" trail and to be condemned to death by firing squad. 15 of them will face the firing squad, three others see their sentence commuted to live in prison for being minors, their places will taken by three ring leaders of the February strike which started on 25 February 1941 and lasted for two days; on 26 February, 300,000 people joined the strike. The strike was harshly suppressed by the Germans after three days.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 10:03 pm
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    Rommel and the Bois heading to Afrika 1941 colorized.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 10:18 pm
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    Boy, am I glad the USA isn't involved in this war, we need to stay out of it. I'm sure those guys over there will resolve this soon.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 10:23 pm
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    Someone get this man his coffee!

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  • January 11, 2020 at 10:32 pm
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    If world war III starts, will you lot keep making videos?

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  • January 11, 2020 at 10:39 pm
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    Would you cover WW3 – from January 8th 2020 to January 8th 2020?

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  • January 11, 2020 at 10:46 pm
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    It seems like a theme for Germany. Look at which state is the most incompetent and take them as an ally.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 11:01 pm
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    oh baby, them map animations are tasty

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  • January 11, 2020 at 11:18 pm
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    i like big bombs and i can not lie

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  • January 11, 2020 at 11:19 pm
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    Your pre-show phone conversations remind me of the old Chevy Chase "Weekend Update" skits. The one where he's talking to his GF about a car ride was gold:  "No honey, it didn't look like you were napping!"

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  • January 11, 2020 at 11:19 pm
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    Sand sinks in coffee. Just don't mistake it for sugar.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 11:25 pm
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    I do like that one of the repeating points of the great war and ww2 is that the logistical problems arose again and again and again and how it was such an issue for simple things like say certain tools and spare parts. Really shows you how important logistics is to any fighting force that is expected to fight for anything longer then a short period.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 11:38 pm
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    May i suggest lowering the background music? Thank you!

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  • January 11, 2020 at 11:52 pm
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    Indy finding the realities of war bite hard. No Coffee because of sand, yep sand

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  • January 11, 2020 at 11:55 pm
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    Wonder if the American's will drop any kind of bombs. If they do, it will probably be pretty big

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  • January 11, 2020 at 11:57 pm
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    It is painful to watch this series as an Italian

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Real question. How long until we get desert fox soxs?

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:02 am
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    I don't like sand. It's course, and rough, and irritating….and it gets everywhere.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:02 am
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    Hey Indy and Timeghost team, thanks for another great episode. 🙂

    Are you planning on doing any weapons specials with channelss like C&Rsenal, or maybe Forgotten Weapons similar to what Indy did when he worked on the Great War Channel?

    Thanks 🙂

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:14 am
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    I don’t like sand, it’s coarse and gets everywhere…

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    To bad that the red ball express is years away.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:39 am
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    Prepared for a big storm that knocked out power for a while in Georgia (for my neighborhood at least). Glad they got it back on now so I can tune in for this video today!

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:45 am
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    Don't you see? Italy is "losing" on purpose to lure Greece and Britain into a trap. Once they have them snared, they'll spring the trap and wipe them both out, conquering Greece and Egypt wit ease.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:46 am
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    03:28 Tobruk in North Africa is a place of so important battles as for example Kharkhow in Ostfront

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:52 am
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    I like sand, it stays CRUNCHY in milk.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 1:08 am
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    Love you guys. Keep up the good work.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 1:09 am
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    1941 will sure be the end of the war and not make it even bigger..right?…RIGHT?!

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  • January 12, 2020 at 1:19 am
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    I thought the lend lease act was intended to, at least in its name, lend material equipment in exchange for leases on British bases.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 1:22 am
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    I wonder how much of an impact Italy's incompetence had over Germany's failure at operation Barbarossa.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 1:29 am
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    How can those reinforcements come up the Nile? I thought it wasn't navigable once you get out of Egypt? (Which is what created the border between Sudan and Egypt in the first place)

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  • January 12, 2020 at 2:07 am
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    Woah, those Stuka animations are wonderful! :O

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  • January 12, 2020 at 2:15 am
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    👍

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  • January 12, 2020 at 2:17 am
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    Bruh Italy would've been straight destroyed without Germany

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  • January 12, 2020 at 2:32 am
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    … Freedom from FEAR, Freedom from WANT, anyone read 1984? How about the SOCIALIST's healthcare questionnaire https://youtu.be/t3lBdyFvPps …

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  • January 12, 2020 at 2:33 am
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    Looks like the Afrika Korps is coming soon. Can't wait for all the Wehraboos and Rommelboos at their peak height in the comment sections.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 2:40 am
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    Saw a panzer IV 2F on the video, kind of ahead of its time.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 2:59 am
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    I always watch these things thinking 'when will I hear about Canada." Then I'm like… No.. no… I'm good. We can stay home…

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  • January 12, 2020 at 2:59 am
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    No coffee. Tea!

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  • January 12, 2020 at 3:22 am
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    Without Coffee you can't fight a War

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  • January 12, 2020 at 4:09 am
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    Here’s Finnish war time Substitute Coffee (Korvike kahvia) you can make it yourself. Said to taste better with whole milk.
    Toasted and mixed together. Then scooped into boiling water, like real coffee.

    1/3 of rye grains
    2/3 wheat grain
    a little butter

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  • January 12, 2020 at 4:12 am
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    Shared the channel with my dad today, bet he will like it as much as I do. NJ timeghosts

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  • January 12, 2020 at 4:15 am
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    from his cartoon headquarters…… oh, Khartoum
    That Roosevelt speech. How would Roosevelt think we're doing now on those freedoms? If he'd glimpsed the world today, America today, who would he think had won the war?

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  • January 12, 2020 at 4:59 am
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    I would like to hear more about the Franco-Thai War mentioned in this episode more in either a special feature episode or at the very least, a OOTF episode. Never heard of it until now, very interesting

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  • January 12, 2020 at 5:00 am
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    Did anyone else’s video start with, “Hello….I’m Patrick Steward. Did you know that 70 million people have had to leave their homes due to war” Then press skip after the 5 second ad wait. Then, “Sand? You’re telling me I can’t get coffee because of sand?!”

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  • January 12, 2020 at 5:45 am
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    Also this week, Indy can't get coffee because of…get this…sand!

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  • January 12, 2020 at 5:52 am
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    10:58 I want all of those. Also FDR was a piece of shit.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 6:28 am
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    A quick google-fu showed me some pronunciations for Aranyaprathet อรัญประเทศ are quite…not good.
    I looked around for clip from Thai TV. This should do. Within first 30 sec.
    https://youtu.be/TDw3HyyxZS0

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  • January 12, 2020 at 7:01 am
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    Sand in your coffee and tea, old boy. Fortunately I've heard the army had plenty of whiskey. Seriously, to their credit, the British army took water rations very seriously.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 7:56 am
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    This is one of the coolest concepts for series on any platform I’ve ever seen, and the amount of dedication it takes for you to continue it every single week is amazing, especially with all this interesting information about every single front, bravo.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 8:07 am
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    Every week, we get closer to "A date that shall live in nfamy"

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  • January 12, 2020 at 9:03 am
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    Well im becoming a soldier in 10 days and im concerned. Then i watch the Greek army walking the mountains in the winter and realize im a p*ssy and will ashame my grandfathers. 😂 .

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  • January 12, 2020 at 10:50 am
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    Hey guys, I have not watched this show called World War II, but I get the feeling Italy is the comedic relief character.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 11:09 am
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    Funfact idea for this summer's script.
    In the strange things of this war, there's an event in July 1941 to make a thematic about the society of the Templars of Jerusalem, all German, pro-NS and a lot of them were sent to prison camps in Australia.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 11:22 am
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    Indy sponsoring coffe now😂

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  • January 12, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Why is the vocal compressed so much, it's NOT nice to listen to.

    Both the first and now the second world war series you make is very good. But the sound engineer, ruining the experience .
    What was wrong with the sound of the great war? nothing

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  • January 12, 2020 at 11:51 am
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    Never realized the extent of the Greek victories over the Italian army before the German invasion.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:01 pm
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    Tatooine Coffee

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  • January 12, 2020 at 12:21 pm
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    Pretty ironic FDR words in end knowing what is going to happen in the end of the war.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 1:09 pm
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    Well, that was a surprise. Normally I lurk and read the comments but being called out as a patron I have to say still enjoying the output and dedication of the team to bring it to us all. I can still remember being recommended to follow the FWW series from another history channel when we'd all thought it would be over by Christmas. raises glass

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  • January 12, 2020 at 3:01 pm
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    Anyone else think of Darude Sandstorm whenever the North African Front is covered?

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  • January 12, 2020 at 4:05 pm
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    Soon we reach the Orks favorite part of World War II: the introduction of DAK-ka! Orks says Germans could have won the war if only they had more DAK-ka! (Also, if they had painted all their planes like the Red Baron's.)

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  • January 12, 2020 at 5:35 pm
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    The phone call is becoming such a meme

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  • January 12, 2020 at 5:46 pm
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    Heros fight like Greeks

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  • January 12, 2020 at 6:44 pm
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    As is often the case, liked and shared. Was already subscribed.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 7:54 pm
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    I live in Orkney come and do a special in the centre of the UK's navy for both world wars where war history can easily be seen bought and found we even have American civil war defences and Napoleonic backgrounds !!!!

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  • January 12, 2020 at 11:00 pm
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    I didn’t expect the Thai…
    I never heard of that tbh

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  • January 12, 2020 at 11:43 pm
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    "… and wall [sic] there are bombs falling on a great many fronts this week …" — "while".

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  • January 13, 2020 at 12:03 am
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    love the intro 🙂 Bless from Denmark 🙂

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  • January 13, 2020 at 12:26 am
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    Operation Appearance?

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  • January 13, 2020 at 1:02 am
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    What happened to the Italian army? Looks like a moral problem.

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  • January 13, 2020 at 1:23 am
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    Man in 11 months we must wait for peral harbour

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  • January 13, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    I got an ad on this channel for the first time

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  • January 13, 2020 at 5:24 am
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    Per your opening sentence: Wouldn't it just have saved a lot of time and money if the Germans had of subcontracted the bombing of Britain to the RAF and the British, likewise, the bombing of Germany to the Luftwaffe. That would have been much more in line with the traditional German passion for efficiency and economy and the British would have had an early taste of Thatcherite free market solutions to areas the Government was clearly not providing dynamic, flexible or cost effective solutions.

    You gotta admit, it makes perfect sense.

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  • January 13, 2020 at 7:06 am
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    Interesting that American President Roosevelt wanted to promote less weapons for all countries. Fate had different plans apparently. As the Americans have the MOST weapons of any country in the world and spend a tremendous amount from GDP on military. Hmmmmm….

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  • January 13, 2020 at 7:16 am
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    you could say that Greece is the word

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  • January 13, 2020 at 8:04 am
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    Greek campaign seems familiar….
    Are you 100% sure Luigi Cadorna isn't responsible here?……

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  • January 13, 2020 at 8:20 am
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    TIL Roosevelt was a cuck.

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  • January 13, 2020 at 8:38 am
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    "….Africa…." German intelligence "Get me Rommel" "Ja ja, I know, victory in Afrika"

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  • January 13, 2020 at 2:43 pm
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    "Give me 2 australian Divisions and I will conquer the world"

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  • January 13, 2020 at 2:52 pm
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    The new world based on the 4 essential freedoms of Roosevelt is still to come…

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  • January 13, 2020 at 3:02 pm
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    💂

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  • January 13, 2020 at 3:16 pm
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    Mussolini hides invasion of Greece from Hitler and then fails it Hitler be like : this is what happens when you do things behind daddy's back

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  • January 13, 2020 at 5:32 pm
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    Why weren't more British troops sent to Africa sooner. It seems they really are running thin. Commonwealth units being brought in and doing very well but surely there were more British troops available at home. They weren't fighting anywhere else at this time, surely former BEF divisions could have been sent sooner?

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  • January 13, 2020 at 5:40 pm
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    FDRs words with context are haunting

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  • January 13, 2020 at 7:08 pm
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    Who's the man in the thumbnail? is there a full version to the photo?

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  • January 13, 2020 at 7:47 pm
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    Thanks for these videos to prevent lost history. Well done.

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  • January 13, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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    My Grandad served with the 8th Army and always said the sand (well a fine grit, that when mixed with sweat proceeded to scrape your skin raw) got everywhere – every orifice, crease and cranny. Then the other things that made life that more unpleasant – water came forward in jerry cans that had previously been used to carry petrol to the front, so tasted of petrol and then there were the flies…always the flies and sand.

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  • January 13, 2020 at 10:29 pm
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    Indy should have asked for tea. No matter what sort of logistical nightmares the British are facing, the tea will always get through.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 3:23 am
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    Indy, your voice and matter-of-fact delivery are just perfect for this sort of condensed exposition. You make listening and understanding effortless. It reminds me of vintage news reel delivery. This is probably the intent, successfully implemented. Impressive work.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 7:57 am
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    Fighting far away from home? It doesn't matter. The war will be over before christmas, right?

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  • January 14, 2020 at 8:55 am
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    Another great job Indy!!!

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  • January 14, 2020 at 12:43 pm
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    If I hear the normal fake reason why Germany invades Greece again I'll unsubscribe.

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  • January 15, 2020 at 5:47 am
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    Damn, I caught up. Now I gotta wait week by week with the rest of you. 🙁

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  • January 15, 2020 at 8:30 am
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    At 3:54, what looks like hardtack biscuits or crackers.

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  • January 16, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    Can you to a video of Ecuadorian improve in war that was also in World War II

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  • January 16, 2020 at 1:59 pm
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    10:24 – nice to see Tannu Tuva on the map!

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  • January 16, 2020 at 3:29 pm
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    i'll take a cream cheese bagel and water 😛

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  • January 16, 2020 at 4:39 pm
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    Hello Indy and team!

    i have a question or two for out of the foxholes : Did Egypt declare war on any of the Axis powers? and were there any Egyptian units fighting for the British?

    Love the show! keep it up!

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  • January 17, 2020 at 5:37 am
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    I kinda want Indy to say "A couple of notes to end the week; F sharp and E flat, is there any difference?" Also watching the lines of men marching bye is always surreal; so many men, so many lives.

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