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« Reply #615 on: September 10, 2018, 10:11:17 am »

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« Reply #616 on: September 17, 2018, 12:05:08 am »

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« Reply #617 on: September 17, 2018, 12:09:05 am »

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« Reply #618 on: September 17, 2018, 12:09:53 am »

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« Reply #619 on: September 19, 2018, 10:44:33 pm »

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« Reply #620 on: September 20, 2018, 11:35:07 pm »

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« Reply #621 on: September 25, 2018, 10:31:55 pm »

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« Reply #622 on: September 26, 2018, 11:32:48 pm »

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« Reply #623 on: September 26, 2018, 11:34:51 pm »

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« Reply #624 on: September 26, 2018, 11:36:31 pm »

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« Reply #625 on: September 28, 2018, 12:06:14 am »

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« Reply #626 on: September 28, 2018, 12:19:42 am »

Uncle Joe Stalin and Adolf Hitler make the final territorial adjustments in the division of Poland, and the Baltic states, first agreed upon in the Secret Protocols to the Nazi-Soviet Non Aggression Pact hammered out the previous month.

The dividing line in Poland will be the Bug river, which moves the German held part of Poland further east than originally agreed upon. In return Hitler gives Stalin not merely influence over, but occupation of,Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Strains will appear in the alliance almost immediately. the Germans observe the letter of the agreement when Stalin attacks Finland in November, although they are not happy about it. They even deny sending weapons, or allowing weapons to be sent from other countries to Finland.But they are not pleased. and Stalin's troops miserable performance is noted by both Hitler and the German General Staff.

In the Spring of 1940, when the Soviets demand two provinces from Romania, Hitler again acquiesces, with his invasions of Norway and the West on the table, but Stalin's violation of the Pact [Romania is a German satrapy], and the proximity of the areas Stalin now occupies to the Ploesti Oil fields [Hitler's principal source for the petroleum for his planes and Panzers], turns Hitler's thoughts to the eventual war in the East he intends to launch, and moves up both his intention to unleash that war, and the planning for it.
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« Reply #627 on: September 30, 2018, 11:36:59 pm »

George Herman "Babe" Ruth, in the last game of the 1927 season hits one off the Senators that makes the seat, giving Ruth his 60th Home Run for the season, and breaking his previous record of 59 dingers for one season.

Ruth had come to the Yankees in 1920, courtesy of Red Sox owner Harry Frazee. Ruth had been the star left handed PITCHER on the Sox, setting a record of 29+ shutout innings in World Series baseball [The Red Sox won four or five Series before Ruth was traded], which stood until Whitey ford broke it.

With the Yankees, Ruth's bat was more important to the team than his pitching [although he started or relieved at least five games during his Yankees' tenure], and he began hitting more home runs than the entire Red Sox roster, and, on occasion, the rest of the American League. In 1921, Ruth's second season in pinstripes [which the Yankees adapted to make Ruth look slimmer. They also were the first team to introduce numbers on the jerseys, based on batting order], he hit 59 homers. While his home run production remained outstanding, he never approached that number again until 1927, when after hitting 17 homers in September, he tied his old mark on Sept. 29th. and broke it on the 30th.

Babe Ruth was the greatest baseball player in history. No other pitcher did as well as he, AND hit home runs like he did, or set the records he did. and no 'slugger' pitched over 29 shutout world Series innings in their careers. No one has ever matched the "Sultan of Swat", "the Bambino", or simply "The Babe".
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« Reply #628 on: October 01, 2018, 12:11:46 am »

It was the outcome of one of the most shameful "conferences" of all time. It was hosted by one Fascist dictator to help another. It involved the cession of territory from a country that wasn't even part of the conference. And when it was over, it bought time for the western allies to prepare for a war they just about guaranteed would happen. It's remembered as the Munich Pact.

Adolf Hitler was a hypocondriac [among other things].  And Hitler was convinced he wouldn't make it past 50 [1939]. So by the mid-thirties, he was restless - for war, so he could begin the territorial expansion at the heart of his ideology. But Hitler started smart, targeting areas where Germans lived: the Rhineland, the Saar, Alsace-Lorraine, territories where he could sell his aggression as just gathering Germans severed by Versailles home.

But Hitler's focus, and heart were in the East, specifically the U.S.S.R. And to get there, he needed a common border with the Soviets. That gave him three targets with Germans in them: Czechoslovakia, Poland and Memel. The first target selected was Czechoslovakia. The entire western rim of the country was populated by the Sudeten Germans. And their territory included most of the Czech fortifications facing the Reich, and the Skoda arms works.

So the Reich trotted out the playbook that they had used before, with some new wrinkles. There was the usual demand for Germans to be returned to the Reich. There was carefully orchestrated and choreographed reportage of outrages against the Sudetens, and their desire to join the Reich. Their  leaders, under instructions from Berlin, were never to agree with any compromise with the central government. Because this time, Hitler had added something to the playbook. He wanted War.

The plan was 'Case Green'. And it called on the German Army to crush the border defenses, and occupy all of Czecholovakia, while at the same time fending off Czechoslovakia's ally in the West, France [and presumably Britain]. The thought of zweifruntenkrieg paralyzed the German General Staff, which was also nonplussed by the modern, and extensive defensive lines facing them, the Chief of the General Staff, Beck, began plotting a military overthrow of the Nazi government, and had quite a few generals who were amenable to the idea.

But then Neville Chamberlain went to see Hitler, because the British DIDN'T want war. Neither did the French, although they were more willing to fight for Czechoslovakia than the British were. After a couple of flights to Germany, Chamberlain got his conference, ostensibly under the leadership of Benito Mussolini, but with Hitler pulling the strings.

And Hitler was in a strong position. The Czechs, like the Poles to follow, refused to let Soviet troops on their territory to confront the Germans. That meant their only potential aid was from the West [Their local neighbors, Poland and Hungary would participate in the subsequent dismemberment of the rest of Czecholovakia in 1939]. and the West didn't care. didn't care to the point of excluding the Czechs from the conference itself.

When it was over, Chamberlain got his little piece of paper that said "Peace in our time", i.e no further territorial demands from Germany. Hitler got the Sudetenland, the fortifications and the Skoda works. He also got Beck's resignation, and the shattering of any Army thought of overthrowing him. He got a Soviet Union that gave up on collective security, and would prove much more receptive to doing a deal with hitler within the year.

Within a year, Hitler turned on Poland, demanding Danzig and the return of the Polish Corridor. He would seize Memel, and the rest of the Czech area of Czechoslovakia granting 'independence' to Father Tiso's fascist run Slovakia. And with the seizure of "Bohemia-Moravia", Hitler finally tipped his hand. there were no Germans in that 'Protectorate'.

That seizure steeled British resolve to defend Poland [with the French Army]. Britain gave the Poles unqualified support in the case of Nazi aggression. That led the Poles to refuse troops from the U.S.S.R. on Polish soil [The Germans would have no problem with that], and to refuse German offers, bribes, and threats.

The end result? On 1 SEP 1939, Germany invaded Poland. At 11:00 A.M. on September 3rd, Hitler got his wish. Britain and France declared war on him. By 30 SEP, it was over. Germany turned west, away from its now common border with the Soviet Union.
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« Reply #629 on: October 01, 2018, 04:47:53 pm »

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