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In the run up to Overlord, Anglo-Canadian forces had prioritised building highly efficient integrated fire control systems for artillery, aiming to overwhelm their German opponents with volume of fire & relative accuracy. /1

#WW2 #SWW #History
Since 1940 there'd been a massive series of equipment, establishment, doctrinal and communications changes that now allowed almost anyone with a functioning wireless set to request accurate fire on a target.

In short, most opposition could be demolished. /2
Infantry battalions operated closely with their counterparts in the supporting Royal Artillery Field Regiment.

Each infantry brigade had 3 inf bns and had a field regiment (along with other assets) as part of it's 'Brigade Group'. As the field regiment had 3 batteries... /3
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1/ If you truly care about #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang #China, you must first know who they are & where they came from. It's a piece of 2000 years of history so let's focus on the simple to understand facts. From Oxford, Origin of Uyghurs:
oxfordre.com/asianhistory/v…
2/ More details into #Uyghurs #history. Historians have proven they came from the Huihe Empire which had deep ties with Han-Chinese since ancient times. They were never the original inhabitants of #Xinjiang, but modern day #Mongolia
chinaknowledge.de/History/Altera…
3/ The Huihe Empire worked with Tang Dynasty to fight against the East Turkestan Empire many times. Eventually Huihe fell when Tang was weakened & the East Turkics persecuted the Huihe people & forced them to convert to Islam. This video has English subs:
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Hey Lord Ashcroft,

WW2 Historian here! Thought I'd helpfully correct some of your misconceptions about wartime when you're casually doing some generational baiting :)

As you clearly need a refresher!

So lets begin! /1
#WW2 #SWW #History
1. Given the iconic YCNY poster relates more to WW1, it'd be pretty old hat to WW2 gen. It'd be like using a boomer-meme like this one to engage them!

2. Lots of people wanted more action on air raids! A common gripe! See Belfast for a case study on lack of action. /2
3. There were shortages of sirens and such, so in some communities it was tricky and other measures had to be adopted. Some people also ignored restrictions! Think of that, people being people. Grrr people.

4. We did alter things for different religions/denominations. /3
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Youssif Ali, son of Mahammad Cassie Ali and Babe Ali, a Bengali born in Sylhet (now Bangladesh) came to England in the early 1920s. He was the last soldier buried at the Muslim Burial Ground (Brookwood Cemetery) on 12 May 1947...
As a young man, Youssif Ali regularly travelled between India and London aboard merchant ships. After meeting and marrying Ethel Emma Wallace in London during the late 1920s, he no longer travelled. Instead he became a Court interpreter for Indian seaman apprehended for various..
misdemeanours. He also worked as a doorman, dressed in full colonial style regalia with an elaborate turban at the Veeraswamy Restaurant in Piccadilly, London. A job from which he was later sacked when a photograph in a newspaper identified him amongst a crowd surrounding...
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Today is #VEDay when we remember the end of the war in Europe. Eric Ravilious never survived to see that Peace, & for his wife Tirzah, it left her a widow. War always means Lost Lives, unfulfilled paths, but Ravilious left behind such a legacy, so let’s see some of it from #WW2
At the beginning of #WW2 Eric Ravilious joined the Royal Observer Corps whose job it was to spot for enemy planes & had a vital role in the Battle of Britain. He painted this Observer’s Post in 1939. Original in @higginsbedford collection.
Ravilious was then given an Honorary Commission in the Royal Marines and was appointed an Official War Artist. In 1940/41 he did a lot of work in #Kent & #Sussex. This was entitled Bombing the Channel Ports (1941) and shows a Sound Mirror in #Kent. Original in @I_W_M collection.
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Without a country to call their own, the Donauschwaben have an identity problem. The Donauschwaben, anglicized “Danube Swabians”, came into existence in the 17th and 18th century when German pioneers settled in Habsburg, Hungary. #danubeswabian #german #donauschwaben
German troops, commanded by Prince Eugene of Savoy, a Frenchman in service of the Austro-Hungarian dual-monarchy in command of German troops, had recovered land from 150 years of Turkish misrule. #danubeswabian #german #donauschwaben
In the aftermath of the Second World War, the Donauschwaben were divided, stripped of their possessions and expelled from their homelands. #danubeswabian #expelledgermans #justiceforgermans #German
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❶ Americans have always been used by them. Parasites. That principle is only for them, not what Americans wanted. I know. Americans are basically isolationistic.
❷ But No-borders Parasites turn the Americans overseas by using deceptions. Even the war with Japan was so.
❸ The Japanese really didn't want to fight the Americans, but Parasites hunted down and forced the Japanese to attack the Americans.😬☹️
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Welcome to today's virtual #LowTideTrail. Flamborough Head juts into the North Sea on the Yorkshire coast. The area has seen much defensive activity over 4500 years. We'll also see some #archaeology of lifesaving on our way. Let's take a look! @Active_Coast #HumberDiscovery
This stretch of coast was particularly hazardous to sailing ships. The North Landing Lifeboat station was built in 1871 & was 1 of 2 stations covering Flamborough Head. Footage of the final launch of the North Bay lifeboat can be found via @YorkshireFilm-
yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/last-flam…
Yorkshire cobles are a traditional fishing boat used along this coast. Flamborough had an active fleet of cobles operating out of North landing. This example has been laid up.

Here's a film about fishing from North Bay in 1933-
yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/north-lan…
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The Sherman Tank is one of the coolest AFVs

I mean seriously with nearly 50k produced, it's a wartime icon and modern meme.

But how come it has such a marmite rep?

I've long held off on it but... here is the Sherman thread. /1

#ww2 #sww #history
A lot of Sherman's marmite reputation is owed to Belton Cooper's book 'Death Traps' which was edited by Stephen Ambrose, and there's still a wealth of questions as to how much the latter dabbled. In this regard it's like David Render's memoir, excellent but problematic edit. /2
The revisionist movement from the 1980s heavily framed Shermans as poor outgunned AFVs, as did many Western militaries from the 60s-(well present frankly) on battlefield studies/tours as they sought to find ways to defeat the Russians.

So several gens learned it was awful. /3
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Morning everyone! It's #LowTideTrail time! #NewBrighton developed from a coastal town, with a notorious history of smuggling and wrecking, into a booming and popular Victorian resort.

Let's take a look around and see what #archaeology we can see. #LiverpoolBayDiscovery New Brighton looking towards Bootle across the Mersey
New Brighton has seen a lot of change, with much of the sea front reclaimed from the sea over the last 100 years.
The establishment of the promenade in the early 1900s extended the foreshore significantly, leaving this cliff face preserved as a relic of New Brighton’s past.
James Atherton kicked off the development of New Brighton in 1832. He started to establish a new resort for the local elite. These villas on Wellington Road, above the old cliff edge, were built for the local rich folk that flocked to New Brighton during Atherton’s development.
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1/ The "story" of #BattlefieldV is complex. While it is obvious #EA & #DICE no longer see significant long term profit potential (vs opportunity cost) for #BFV, how we got to today is worth revisiting. My experience tells me this...
2/ From the beginning, it *appears* the long term goal of #BattlefieldV was to follow the "beats" of the war, from the early European conflict zones to the end, and at the same time, make #BFV something more personal & "customizable" that previous titles.
3/ It's not hard to pull this from the structure we got, and it makes sense for a long running service title. #WW2 is a near perfect scenario (it's a war for God's sake) environment for a #Battlefield title that need updated over a 3-5 year period.
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OK long thread time as promised, slightly past the anniversary but never mind. The Granville Raid is an odd footnote to #WW2 which has been a minor obsession of mine for years, & it got worse when I wrote Coastal Convoys & discovered one of my coasters had been dragged into it!
In February 1945 the war had left the Channel Islands behind. Nearly 30,000 bored, cold and hungry German soldiers, sailors and airmen were stranded in what Hitler had designated a fortress, forbidden from surrender, while the fighting moved across France and into Germany.
They were commanded by Vice-Admiral Friedrich Hüffmeier, a fanatical Nazi & former CO of the Scharnhorst. At the end of 1944 four German POWs escaped to the CI from a camp near Granville, just 50 miles or so away on the French coast, former site of Eisenhower’s headquarters.
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Hello and welcome to today’s virtual #LowTideTrail #archaeology walk. Today we’ll take a Twitter based tour of #Liverpool’s Albert Docks. Join us to learn about the cities maritime past #LiverpoolBayDiscovery
400 years ago, Liverpool (or Lerpole) was a tidal inlet where ships could seek relative safety while unloading their cargo. Land reclamation of the Pool started in the late 16th century (300 years ago) and was complete by the early 1700s. This paved the way for the first dock. Sorry, can't get Twitter to rotate the image correctly.
As trade started to increase, a dock was required to ensure ships could unload their cargoes quickly & safely. The first dock was designed by Thomas Steers, covering an area of 1.4 hectares was designed to harbour 100 ships. Construction started in 1710 and it was opened in 1715.
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In the future, we will (have to) talk about a #wealth tax to pay for the economic and fiscal fallout of #Covid19. Germany had a massive one after #WW2. Here is how it worked. /thread
After WW2, Germany faced many challenges. One was, how to compensate those who had lost wealth because of #war damage, #currency reform in 1948, expropriation or eviction from the East. /2
Currency reform had reduced financial assets considerably. Everyone could exchange 60 #Reichsmark into 60 D-Mark. Wages and rents were converted 1:1. But savings were devalued heavily. For example, 1000 RM to just 65 D-Mark. /3
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Finding myself with time on my hands during the #CoronavirusUK #Lockdown I thought I’d spend some of that time wisely and tweet the story of Sidney Carlin MC DFC DCM who is, in my opinion, one of Hull’s bravest sons and a war hero that you have most probably never heard of…
Sidney Carlin was born in Kingston upon Hull in 1889 He enlisted with the 18th Hussars in 1908 but bought himself out and resigned in December 1909 for the sum of £18. In 1911 he was working as a farm labourer at North Frodingham in East Yorkshire.
He re-enlisted on 8th Aug 1915 and was refunded half the money (£9) he had bought himself out with. No 28677 Private Sidney Carlin 18th Hussars won the Distinguished Conduct Medal during the heavy fighting of 13th May 1915 when very heavy casualties were suffered
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I've seen this picture+caption popping up for the past 3 days. It triggered my #PeterTingle.
Here's a #Factchecking mini-THREAD]
First, what's wrong with the donkey being carried to prevent him from wandering on a mine story?
1) If the donkey was able to walk, a short bridle or leash would prevent it from going astray.
2) Soldiers move in single file through a proven route in a minefield. Not fanned out as in this picture.
=> Minefield narrative = bullshit.
Let's examine the #WW2 alleged setting.
A close look at the civilian on the far left and the uniforms will debunk it.
1) The civilian is wearing typical Algerian garments consistant with the 'djebel' background
2) The uniforms, esp. the guy on the right in middle ground is late 50s French
3) This is a picture from...
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Join us for a virtual tour of the coast at Paull. Located on the outskirts of Hull, Paull is a coastal village with many interesting archaeological remains. Sam and Chris visited the area a few weeks ago. Follow this thread to see what we found. #Humberdiscovery #Archaeology
We started our walk on the north edge of Paull just above the foreshore, then headed North towards Hedon Haven.

Find out what we found on @ThingLink-thinglink.com/scene/12975104…
In the past, the mouth leading on to the Humber gave access inland to the town of Hedon and the Haven Basin.

Within no time we had spotted some interesting archaeological features. Check out our @ThingLink to find out more- thinglink.com/scene/13021983…
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THREAD/ Next, we find ourselves outside the former Blewcoat School in Caxton Street. Dating from 1709, the building remained in use as a school until the 1920s. During #WW2, it found itself in use by the US Army who used it as a warehouse/storage area.
Like all military buildings in wartime, sentries were posted outside and today, we can see the marks in the brickwork made by their bayonets and also the words "U.S. Army" scored in to the bricks by the entrance. US Army graffiti at Blewcoa...Bayonet marks in the wall o...
Across the road, is the former Queen's Westminster Rifles Drill Hall, now the Sassoon Academy, which in wartime was used by the U.S. Squadron of the Home Guard, who at one time were kitted out with weapons taken from the Chicago Mob, although with more conventional weapons here! ImageImage
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1/ IT. IS. HABBENING. Some of you already know that. But did you know EUROPE IS BEING INVADED/SAVED BY THE US... AGAIN? (Third time's a charm...)

#qanon #wwg1wga #covid19 #thehabbening #DeepState
2/ 11.3 or 3.11 was the marker date for the final stage of The Plan and will last 30 days: "done in 30". A travel ban between EU and US was announced by @POTUS lasting 30 days.

#qanon #wwg1wga #covid19 #DefenderEurope20 #DeepState
3/ Many people believe the US is being isolated. But my theory is that it is the EU that is being isolated and controlled. For an invasion by the US... WTF? Bear with me.

#qanon #wwg1wga #covid19 #DefenderEurope20 #DeepState
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Det är svårt att föreställa sig om det som sker i Kina. Uppenbarligen samlar de in dissidenter. All internet trafik är spärrad utom de källor som kommer via den kinesiska staten. Det som pågår i Kina angående #Coronavirus är en krigshandling av främmande makt.
Det här viruset är
gjord av människan. Ryssland, Indien, Taiwan vet att viruset innehåller HIV.

Därmed är skiten tillverkad av människan. Det sägs att den slår hårdare mot kinesiska män än mot andra raser, vilket betyder att denna "attack" kommer ej från deras egna led.

Fortsättning följer.
Russian scientists believe America created the Wuhan coronavirus to sabotage China dimsumdaily.hk/russian-scient… via @Dimsum Daily
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So what were conditions like in Hamburg in 1945?

A thread for #HolocaustMemorialDay

53rd Welsh Division arrived in the city to find it in complete ashen ruins from the firebombing, only one building - the Atlantic Hotel - still stood. /1

#WW2 #SWW
There were over 400 camps around the city, containing around 100,000 malnourished, half-starved and desperately ill slave workers drawn from across Europe.

With obliterated infrastructure & filthy conditions, the scale of humanitarian crisis was overwhelming. /2
Maj-Gen Robert 'Bobby' Ross and his divisional staff were dedicated to improving the fetid situation.

However initial attempts to feed inmates with British rations proved deeply distressing as a number died.

With debate & struggle to care for inmates continued... /3
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KING OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE: A THREAD IN 11 TWEETS

Few campaigns have exemplified the versatility, courage, & aggressiveness of the American artillery as well as the Battle of Bastogne. The battle illustrates what well-managed artillery can do in support of light infantry.
2 of 11: January 1st-8th, 1945, saw the greatest artillery battle of #WW2. Moving to positions on the outer fringe of the bulge, our artillery fought day and night ceaselessly, without rest or respite, in bitterly cold weather.
3 of 11: Observation was difficult; liaison air activity was restricted to a minimum. Despite this, arty inflicted massive casualties on Panzer troops & equipment. Artillery fire repeatedly broke up counterattacks as they were being formed.
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@Crepe_Chaser ❶ It's difficult to talk about #yakuza easily. However, what you need to know at a minimum ... In the occupied Japan right after the defeat #WW2, the police did not function at all. The legal means of protecting the Japanese by the Japanese had been stripped.
@Crepe_Chaser ❷ As a result, sports-hunting, rapes, looting, murder, and illegal occupation by Koreans and Taiwanese etc were rampant. It was the yakuza who created the vigilantes and protected the Japanese people.
@Crepe_Chaser ❸ Unfortunately, after that gradually the yakuza were hijacked by Koreans (that is, ZAINICHI) and became the yakuza you know.
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@ChinneryRoy @RT_sputnik @georgegalloway @francisbeckett @GayatriGalloway @RT_com @UKLabour I don't believe you've read much history of WW2... if you had you wouldn't have come out with such an uninformed statement!
1st & foremost, George is correct - Britain fought for 2 years on our own & that is what saved the world... & what America conveniently forgets! ...cont
@ChinneryRoy @RT_sputnik @georgegalloway @francisbeckett @GayatriGalloway @RT_com @UKLabour 2. There were more '#British' troops landed on D-Day than #American troops.
The #OmahaBeach disaster was the #Americans fault - They screwed up there as they did in #NorthAfrica, #Sicily & #Italy & in the #Pacific at #PearlHarbour on #Tarawa & #Pelelieu & elsewhere. ...cont
@ChinneryRoy @RT_sputnik @georgegalloway @francisbeckett @GayatriGalloway @RT_com @UKLabour 3. #USNavy CnC Earnest King caused a disaster in the #Atlantic in late 12.'41-05'42 when over 600 merchant ships were sunk in sight of US coast, because he didn't want to take #British Advice.
Of all the #American commanders only #Eisenhower & Marshall were Not Anglophobes! ..ct
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