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BBC The Genius Of Design 3 of 5 Blueprints For War 2010

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Published on Oct 21, 2011

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Kyle Li
So germany was the place of mass produced shit... now its high quality shit. China's probably going to be next. shit.
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Dr. Froggle
LOL. Ju 87s did not dive at 600mph. They'd rip their wings off at 375mph... LOL.
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prancingdog
1) The Nazis resorted to mass bombing cities AFTER Churchill ordered the entire fleet of bombers to bomb German cities. Churchill's wet dream was when an errant bomb accidentally landed just inside the London city limits and Churchill used it as his excuse to start targeting German civilians. Hitler, not seeing this was intended to get him to target civilians instead of industry, fell for the bait and sought revenge against Londoners. Hitler was a psychotic maniac......but that doesn't mean Churchill was as clean as the wind driven snow. Churchill ordered the INTENTIONAL targeting of civilians for the sheer "terror" of it. Today such motives are called "terrorism". 2) FDR put German and Japanese speaking Americans in concentration camps. Germany put "enemies of the state" in concentration camps. The Americans never had a problem getting any more food, medicine, pesticides, and other supplies to the camps to keep them running/clean. The Germans had any supply trains, trucks, and industry targeted day in/day out by Allied air power......and the piles of sick/dead inmates piled up. "The victors write the history books" ~ KWG
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Withnail1969
Of course none of these things were designed or built by the kind of poofters we call designers these days, the ones who choose what shade of pink an ipad should be. They were designed and built by engineers.
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pollo9500
Congratulations , You survived World War II, Here is your chair.
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simppeli92
yeah, comparing t-34 to tiger... what sort of moron thought than was a valid comparison... yes, they made only 1350 tigers, but that wasn't the only tank they made...
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KING ANDE
the t 34 was as weak as the american sherman
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Thomas Nixon
A case in point about quantity trumping quality. The Tiger tank was perhaps the best tank design of WWII. But it was difficult to build, maintain and finance and if it took a half dozen or more Sherman tanks to kill a Tiger, so what. The Sherman was an American piece of shit. It was called the "Ronson" because one hit could turn its aviation gasoline into torch fuel. But kill one and ten surrounded you. The Russian T34, though, was not a piece of shit. It was definitely the best tank of the war, like the British Mosquito, the best all-round aircraft of the war.
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pervertt
Not everything the Germans made in WW2 was difficult to make. The Messerschmitt bf 109 was reputedly easy to mass produce. This amazing fighter plane was the first monoplane with an enclosed cockpit. Production started before the war and finished well after the war (war time production exceeded 33,000 units). And it did its job very very well, as Allied pilots over Europe discovered. 
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pervertt
Compared to all the complex war machines featured here, surely the humble jerry can deserved a few minutes of glory. The jerry can was a fine example of the German school of rational design. Compared to the boxy fuel canisters used by Allied armies, the jerry can was robust, it didn't leak, it was easy to carry, it didn't require special tools to open and it was easy to pour from. With brilliant designs like this, I don't know how the Germans managed to lose the war.
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