Iron Sky and the real question about Nazi experimentation with flying discs...

Discussion in 'WWII' started by Blackjack, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Rats Riley

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    Why do they have to brig em back in 2018? They could totally have a blast with the 50's or early 60's...
     
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  3. Blackjack

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    I think the idea here Rats is they have no clue how advanced weapons systems have become in 70 years. They're still using the same stuff they went to the moon with in 1945, it's gonna be a bit shocking for the Reich...
     
  4. Gene

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  5. Blackjack

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    I heard they found the Ark of the Covenant but some dude in a fedora sort of spoiled their party...;)
     
  6. Stearmen

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    All you are describing is one Carrier Strike Group! Today that consist of 1 Aircraft Carrier, 2 Guided Missile Cruisers, 2 Anti Aircraft Warships, and 1-2 Anti Submarine Destroyers or Frigates. So hardly an invasion fleet! For the Normandy invasion there were 1,213 combat ships, and for the Okinawa invasion the Royal Navy alone supplied 17 carriers. The Americans brought 1300 ships of which 40 were carriers. This was against known enemies, what would you bring against a unknown supper race? There is no tangible evidence that we went down there looking for Nazis, just speculation based on little knowledge. Like I said, the real story of exploration is far more exciting then the myth!
     
  7. Stearmen

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    I heard it was a guy in a pinstripe suit, with a dark shirt!
     
  8. Maj.Nick Danger

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    So they sent 4 warships along with the exploration vessels just in case they encountered a force of fanatical nazi super-penguins? :rofl: I never said they did or did not expect to find nazi UFOs, just that they were prepared in the event the Germans still had a presence there. Which is definitely implied by the types of vessels they chose for the task force, and definitely expected too I think given the nature of the nazi regime. There was no such thing as satellite surveillance then. So the U.S. government had really no idea how many ships or what types the Germans might have sent back and forth over the years. The first,(documented) German expedition was in 1938. If they found something deemed worth further investigation, minerals of strategic importance for example, they had plenty of time and resources to send supplies to build an outpost and establish a presence there. There was also a report from a British exploration team of an encounter with German troops.
    So then as now, we know precious little about the continent, and most information from Operation Highjump remains classified to this day. The Hollywood documentary version of the expedition is just that, only what the government allows us to "know" about the operation. So much remains unknown and we can only speculate. Rumors and real evidence of nazi occupation of the region aside, they are probably hiding something of great importance that was discovered there from the world.
     
  9. Renault

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    "in 39 I believe named it New Swabia. "


    Sure don't look nuthin' like "Old Swabia"! :D Then again New Iberia don't look nuthin' like Old Iberia either! ;)

    Renault
     
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  10. Maj.Nick Danger

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    Whatever the purpose(s) of the expedition, and the much smaller subsequent Operation Windmill, they certainly did gain a lot of knowledge, most of which unfortunately we may never know. One purpose was to test equipment and men, under arctic conditions, as was done previously in the arctic with Operation Frostbite, and Operation Nanook. The logic behind it being the then real possibility of fighting a war with Russia in the north polar region. Truly a "Cold War".
    Here is a story of true heroism from Operation Highjump, one survivor's story of the crash of the PBM known as George One. http://www.south-pole.com/p0000153.htm
     
  11. Stearmen

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    On a side note, a mountain was named for Maxwell A. "Val" Lopez, one of the men who perished in the crash!
     
  12. CH Sherr

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    They were not about to under calculate the program that nearly mastered the globe. Sure, the so-called expert competition was a belief, but the nazis were a powerful attacker to say the least. No one realized what, if anything,they would discover in Antarctica. An whole region about as huge as the U.S. and European countries put together. To this day we know very little about it I think.
     
  13. Stanley Doble

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    There were a lot of crazy rumors going around at the end of the war. One was that the Nazis were prepared to hole up in a secret underground base in the mountains and keep the war going indefinitely. As the Allied armies advanced, the stories got bigger and bigger. At the end they supposedly had fully equipped underground cities with airplane factories, stocks of bombs, weapons etc.

    Of course it all turned out to be hooey but a lot of top military intelligence people took it seriously and convinced the high command that it was possible.

    I got the information from a book written at the end of the war by a war correspondent who got the story from military intelligence. Apparently he heard talk during the invasion and later had it confirmed that the top brass took it seriously though it was top secret at the time.
     
  14. TomS

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    Not an uncommon topic on *Coast to Coast*
     
  15. MikeKardec

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    There are some true stories about U Boats fleeing to Argentina but some of the documentation is sketchy. The best 'all in one lump' account is Heinz Schaeffer's U-Boat 977. He claims to have been defecting but the war ended before he got there. Another U-Boat had already arrived and this embarrassed the Argentinians who locked the 977 crew up. Not too long afterward I believe a South American journalist started the Antarctica myth by writing a fanciful story about a 'ghost convoy' of subs that ferried Hitler to the southern land. There were MANY pieces of wish fulfillment literature of this nature written after the war ... especially by Germans.

    It could be that the 977 did something just before surrendering to Argentina ... but I think it much more likely that they dropped off people or money on the southern Argentine coast then turned themselves in. There are some odd moments in the book and it does seem likely that the whole story is not there.

    That said, Antarctic colonies require HUGE inputs of material, food, fuel, etc. Materials that Germany simply didn't have to waste on what would have been a base at the end of the longest war time supply line on earth. Supplying such a base from submarines (the only way to have slipped the blockade) would have taken a huge fleet. Subs of the time, even the big Type IX were barely large enough to perform their intended missions. When you read the lengths that the 977 went to to reach just Argentina (bilges filled with fuel, etc) you see how much of an effort it was ... and how much they were taking their lives in their hands. Submariners were convinced they would be found to be war criminals and thus had reason to flee, not that it did them any good.

    The Germans had some amazing ideas during the late war period, the US and USSR's scientific communities spent the next 20 years perfecting many of them. But they weren't very good at building them in even modest numbers. Their Type XXI subs, possibly the most ground breaking ship of the war were quite poorly assembled. German industry was not oriented to mass producing things in sections and it didn't help that they were getting the c--p bombed out of them the whole time. The level of execution of damn near everything suffered terribly toward the end of the war.

    German Secret Weapons of WWII by Lusar is kind of fun too. There are even pictures of some amazing and silly (a tank so big it couldn't cross bridges or drive in most terrain) stuff that actually got built. You get the feeling that after awhile they were just trying to believe this junk would make a difference or that the Allies would see it and be so impressed they'd just give up. They were good at putting on a show and creating symbols ... good for scaring your neighbors but once you are in a war scaring people isn't enough. My opinion is that the Nazis started losing right around the time they started fighting a real war ... it just took everyone, including Germany, a while to realize it. Most of their "victories" had a political component like in Austria, Czechoslovakia, in Poland they traded 1/3 of the country to the Russians, even though France fought they had some like minded Frenchmen there. 1941, year of the Axis's bonehead moves.

    Fun stuff for fiction though ...
     
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  17. Godfrey

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  18. 1961MJS

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    Hi

    Actually, what was said was TRUE, but not the WHOLE TRUTH. The Nazi's were prepared to hole up at the Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden, but Hitler decided to end it all. I'm not really sure how much company he'd have had anyway. They also had underground facilities with airplane factories, stocks of bombs, weapons etc. Not really CITIES, but factories that you couldn't bomb.

    www.thirdreichruins.com/

    From what I've seen, no real cities that you could live in for any period. Most of the aircraft factories that were underground, didn't appear to have living facilities. They were pretty good at decentralizing their factories too, but we had too many bombs etc.

    It's also true that the military intelligence over-estimated the Nazi preparedness etc. Imagine that...

    O.K. them boys are NUTZ... :eeek:

    Later
     
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  19. cordwangler

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    The comparative level of technological achievement is one thing, but it's the combined knowledge of 100s or 1000s of scientists and engineers that is the important thing to focus on. Whether projects were or were not built, technological developments are not always totally visible.

    Although I suspect not entirely formulated for technology-gathering, Operation Paperclip and its equivalents launched by UK, France and Russia, suggest that the German science/engineering was worth sharing and using.

    Also, they didn't lose because a myth was bust wide open: they lost because of lack of resources and strategic stretch.
     
  20. Edward

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    Given the life in this thread, is there a lot of interest in FL in the Weird World War II genre? I'm just getting back into wargaming after over a decade away rom the hobby, and this is one of the things I am building a force for, specifically Westwind Productions' Secrets of the Third Reich game. Set in 1949, this envisages an alternative history where the Nazis, in response to D-Day, launched a new chemical weapon which ravaged much of Europe, causing zombies. Nazis (and Soviets) can marshall zombie troops on the field. It also works in elements of alien/advanced technology in exoskeletons, two-legged and multi-legged "walking" tanks, and so on. The Nazi interest in the occult is reflected in the appearance in game (on multiple sides) of vampires, werewolves, and so on. Cracking stuff if you like your alternative history on the pulpy side.

    Interesting stuff.... reminds me of the Underground City in Beijing (which, alas, I have never managed to find open).

    Opening up the war on a second front was Hitler's big mistake - and before that not continuing the Battle of Britain for one more week. BoB another week and Sealion would have been possible; concentrate all forces on that, and he could have really consolidated things. No second front, no futile attempt to stretch the Soviets by declaring was on the US in the hope the Japanese would return the favour by declaring war on Russia.... Could have been a very different world. Thankfully the jumped up little corporal was not the strategist that his military superiors would have been!
     

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