The three major Axis powers — Germany, Japan, and Italy — committed a host of catastrophic errors during the war. But some of these miscalculations were considerably worse than others. Here are the most significant blunders made by the Axis during WWII.
Above: German soldiers fighting in Russia.
Late last year we told you about the 8 worst mistakes made by the Allies during the war. Time now to turn our attention to the most serious mistakes made by Axis planners. The list, which is ordered (somewhat) chronologically, addresses planning and strategic errors rather than operational ones.
Check out this piece about her from Wonkette’s Happy Nice Time blogger Rebecca Schoenkopf,
Rebecca wrote it in response to this horrifically stupid thing that Tequila recently wrote,
Not sure if I should label her a wingnut or a Moonbat, but she really is far out there.
update 12/10/13 at 12:21 am
Randall Gross left a comment, and based on what he pointed out, I think its safe to say, she’s a wingnut of some kind.
How could we forget old Bradley Dean? The effeminate but homophobic, Islamophobic, and racist bigot. Now we can add Godwin spewer to his lexicon of fail.
A recent poll out from the Washington Examiner stated that President Barack Hussein Obama is seen as America’s biggest “failure” among modern presidents.
Oh, how little the American people know about the history of tyrants and dictators like Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler, etc.
The American people look at this president as if he does not know what he and his criminal administration are doing. Friends, he knows exactly what he is attempting to do! Barack Hussein Obama has already stated that he was out to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” If he is out to destroy what America is, then he is in fact not a failure, but rather a success.
Yes, Dean, Obama “is a tyrant in the mold of Hitler and Mao,” two of the worst mass murdering tyrants in world history and he’s out to destroy America, even through you have absolutely no evidence to back up that conspiracy theory, and he’d have no motive to do so. But I guess we shouldn’t expect much in the form of rational commentary from someone who also thinks Obama is on some kind of gay, radical Muslim Jihad to make Sharia the Law of the land. If Obama was so much like those monsters, Dean would have to go off into hiding or risk being murdered by the state after saying something like this.
By Jonny Scaramanga
When Joshua Bass, an engineer, sent his son to iSchool High, a Houston charter school, he was expecting a solid college preparation, including the chance to study some college courses before leaving high school. Instead, the Basses were shocked when their son came home from the taxpayer-funded school with apparently religiously motivated anti-science books.
One of these books blamed Darwin’s theory of evolution for the Holocaust
[Hitler] has written that the Aryan (German) race would be the leader in all human progress. To accomplish that goal, all “lower races” should either be enslaved or eliminated. Apparently the theory of evolution and its “survival of the fittest” philosophy had taken root in Hitler’s warped mind.
Pat Robertson falsely claims that Margaret Sanger targeted black people for genocide and inspired Nazism
Just when you think you’ve seen it all with the vile hatred coming out of Belgium there is this:
(JTA) — A float satirizing local politicians dressed as Nazis holding canisters of Zyklon B poison will be part of a carnival parade in the Belgian city of Aalst.
The float, which also features a railway wagon and a political leader dressed as Hitler, was featured on the Facebook page of a group called FTP. The people on the wagon, who are to be dressed as SS officers, are meant to portray Flemish nationalists deporting French speakers from Flanders, the Flemish VTM network reported.
The procession is scheduled to take place on Sunday.
Belgium is a federal entity made up of three regions populated by two ethnic groups, the Flemish and Waloons, who speak French. Over the past two decades, some Flemish political parties have called for secession.
The spectacle is meant as a protest against the perceived anti-Waloon policies of some nationalist Flemish politicians.
“This is our deportation wagon and we are going to deport anything French,” Jaques Jaquemin, one of the organizers, told VTM.
The float seeks to satirize leaders of the Flemish nationalist N-VA party, its leader Bart de Wever and Aalst Mayor Christoph D’Haese.
Doorbraak, a Flemish weekly, quotes Eli Ringer, honorary chairman of the Antwerp-based Forum of Jewish Organizations, as calling the float “disgusting.”
This was scheduled for last Sunday. I can’t find any updates reported on this story in English since then.
I found a story about the parade from Sunday in a Dutch paper. Translated:
The last weekend, the popular Aalst carnival hit the headlines. A group led a tank called “chariot of the deportation of French” with Bart De Wever made up as Nazi officer and Elio Di Rupo in the role of a deportee wearing a t-shirt rainbow sky.
The mayor of Aalst, Christoph D’Haese and alderman Flemish Affairs Karim Overmeire (N-VA, former Vlaams Belang) were also caricatured by Nazi officers. Unsurprisingly, this representation is about. But such a tank is it possible in our carnival parades? We posed the question to several organizers. They all agree: “It is inconceivable.”
Recognized since 2010 as Intangible Heritage by UNESCO and cultural, the Aalst carnival is sometimes described by its critics as a party disguised vulgar. This year was no exception to the rule with the presence of a tank “SS-VA” where Bart De Wever was represented Nazi officer … An extreme caricature does not really shocked by Flanders but against different Carnival organizers in the province.
Here is a pic from parade:
All organizers of the province are unanimous in condemning this chariot “bad taste”.
A sane person might argue that the president and his family require special protection because they face threats the rest of us don’t. But the NRA and many of its most fervent supporters don’t see it that way. As far as they’re concerned, all of us are just as threatened as the person in the Oval Office. The fact that you’re an ordinary person and not the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth doesn’t mean you haven’t already been targeted by an al Qaeda death squad or a murderous drug gang, so you’d better be prepared, not just with a gun but with an entire arsenal of military-style weaponry.
But the real threat in the fantasy world some gun owners have spun inside their heads isn’t terrorists. You know the people I’m talking about: the “doomsday preppers,” the angry tea partiers talking about “watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants,” the folks who can’t talk about guns for 30 seconds without bringing up Hitler (who, for what it’s worth, didn’t actually disarm the German people, as so many gun advocates believe). What’s important isn’t just that these folks are paranoid, it’s who they’re paranoid about: the United States government.
Take, for one vivid example, James Yeager, the CEO of a Tennessee company called Tactical Response. In response to the prospect of stricter gun laws, he posted a YouTube video saying, “If that happens, it’s gonna spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. … I’m not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns. If it goes one inch further, I’m gonna start killing people.”
The right wing media noise machine sowed paranoid fears for thirty years, and there are three generations of severely paranoid rubes to harvest for cash as a result. This is so ludicrous and hateful a plea that it’s nearly unbelievable, but these far right hatemongers wouldn’t continue to do this if it weren’t working at some level.
“Someday,” the fundraising pitch concludes, “your children will thank you for saving their future from Obama’s Soviet-Style Socialist State.”
Let’s get this straight: Unless we arm our children and deport a gun-control-friendly British CNN host, the president of the United States, who is practically the same as Hitler, is going to create some kind of United Soviet Socialist States of America by abolishing guns rights?
That’s a lot to untangle.
First, a word about our sponsors. TeaParty.org, also known as the 1776 Tea Party, is an especially belligerent faction of the Tea Party movement whose founder, Dale Robertson, once showed up at a Houston rally carrying a sign that read, “Congress = Slaveowner, Taxpayer = Niggar [sic].” Its CEO, Steve Eichler, used to be executive director of the Minuteman Project, a nativist extremist group whose splashiest event was a month-long vigilante gathering on the Arizona border in April 2005.
TeaParty.org boasts that it is “the ONLY tea party praised by Dr. Michael Savage,” a radio talk show host who was fired from MSNBC in 2003 after describing an unidentified caller to his show as a “sodomite” who should “get AIDS and die.” Its website proudly features original content by Jerome Corsi, an influential conspiracy theorist best known for proposing, at various times, that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen; that the president’s true father is the late labor activist Frank Marshall Davis; and that Obama is gay and married to a Pakistani man. Really.
The site also includes content from WorldNetDaily, an extreme-right online publication that plugs all manner of conpiracist nonsense (the imminent end of the world, the cause of homosexuality is soybean consumption — you get the idea), and from Alex Jones, an antigoverment conspiracy monger whose response to recent calls for gun control has been so unhinged that even Glenn Beck - Glenn Beck! - described him as a “crazy person.”
Now that we’ve taken care of explaining who is behind these wild claims about “Schindler’s America,” it’s time to get to the what of the matter - as in, what the heck are these guys talking about?
“Remember, Hitler and his Nazi regime disarmed the people,” Friday’s E-mail blast warns. “The comparison between Hitler and Obama is striking.”
Yesterday I plunged into the depths of the Twitter hashtag #TGDN to bring you the Best of Godwin: insane posts comparing President Obama to Hitler. If #TGDN was used to determine who should be allowed to own a gun, well, none of these people should be allowed to get near a supersoaker, much less anything that has bullets in it.
Going to #TGDN looking for Godwins is like descending into a huge sewer looking for the smelliest and biggest turd. It means there are a whole bunch of other turds floating around but they just don’t have enough chunks in them. The Godwins are coiled together with other looney shit, including Birther, Troofer, Debt, Spending, Abortion=worse than gun murder, MOAR GUNZ, Benghazi, Stalin, Lenin, Louis XIV, Washington/Jefferson fake quotes, Guns/Hammers fake statistics and other random bugfuckery.
First Godwin of 1/18/2013: