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Sat, May 15, 2021 11:03 PM

Live Poll: Ten Key Milestones in WW2 Timeline

Why does World War 2 fascinate so much?

There are many reasons for that: the war has impacted history so significantly no one can possibly imagine our modern world without its influence. Secondly, many images are part of our universal heritage: Hitler spitting his hatred to cheering crowds, Churchill's broadcasted speeches, Spitfires fighting Messerschmitts, the "Day of Infamy", bombed cities, the nuclear mushroom, resisting civilians and skeletal people in striped pajamas carrying in haggard gazes the horrifying mark of human barbarity.

All these elements have inspired since the end of the war countless movies and documentaries, among them many masterpieces and maybe WW2's edge over WW1 is its narrative. The various key moments that punctuated these six bloody years were the kinds of turning points that made the reality even more dramatic than fiction. And the narrative is even more effective because the enemy's actions were pretty horrific and ultimately, the good side won (though calling it a clean victory would be an offense to the civilian casualties).

Anyway, not asking for an objective historical answer but just your personal opinion, here are 10 key milestones in the WW2 timeline, ranked in chronological order: which one do you consider the most dramatic or important?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls500508028/


(the images might not totally correspond to the option's title)

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4 m ago

This poll was inspired by the Apocalypse series

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1508238/

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Guess this one went unnoticed, bumping it then :)

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Very interesting sight on WWII. The German army was only so strong, because the people followed the lies of the propaganda and believed it. And the soldiers had "Panzerschokolade". Translated it would be "Tank chocolate". A chocolate, wich was medicated with methamphetamine, so they fought like berserkers. ... Until they broke down.

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@Breumaster 

Yeah, I knew that story. The craziest thing is that the Nazis could be stopped at some point, they weren't unattainable and they didn't outnumber the French armies, but General Guderian just "went for it", ignoring the orders to slow down a little and  France took for a savage attack what was merely a successful poker strike.

The 'chocolate' thing reminds me of the Arabic etymology of "assassin", if my memory doesn't fall me, it had to do with  warriors taking 'haschich' (or whatever drug it was) to feel stronger and well, drug-addicts in Arabic is 'hachachin'...

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This movie show boys soldiers snorting cocaine + gunpowder before committing genocide

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1365050/

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

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I saw such a scene in 'Lord of War' a few years earlier. But it's a little off toppic.

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Suggested edits:

#6: and for another subtle reason: it prevented the Soviet Union from being the unique triumphant force of Europe

#8: the attack did bring Germany as far down as possible and proved to the Nazi leaders

#9: created a new notion: 'crime against humanity'

[though I think the expression is older than WWII]

#10: there have been deadly battles and bombings

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@Peter_pbn 

Thanks Peter, and you're right about crimes against humanity.

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Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/hpq1u_TFFWw/

Congratulations ElMo

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Thanks Pencho, I'd be curious to know the votes from fellow users... I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by the results because I thought D-Day would win by a landslide but it's interesting to see that the two leading events were those with civilian victims, maybe that strike a more sensitive chord...