How Tall Were WW2 Leaders?



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  1. The speaker doesn't state his sources for his claimed measurements. I think these WW2 men were shorter than he claims. The Japanese emperor was probably scarcely 5 feet 2 inches. Stalin I think was about 5 feet 4 inches defnitely not 5 ft 6 inches (although perhaps close to that as a young man). By the time WW2 came along, these aging men were much shorterr than the speaker claims.

  2. I think Mark Knows more bout Hitler than Hitler himself knew. Love the channel mark, keep em coming. Don't change a thing. If it Isn't broke don't fix it. Ur channel is perfect!!

  3. Woodrow Wilson was disabled by a stroke in his second term. Used a wheelchair. JFK had some serious impairments.

  4. What about Victor Emmanuel III of Italy? Don't forget that he was still King of Italy during the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini. He only stood only 5 feet tall.

  5. That was probably the most well explained VPN add I've ever watched, I stuck to the end to see if you would explain it right, well done man!

  6. who would win in a fysical confrontation between Churchill and Stalin? I think Churchill would win by taking advantage of his weigth, two good arms and his cigar. After loosing, Stalin would say sorry and restore Poland's democracy. then place a momument for late wladyslaw sikorski and after that he would go to the Hague to the international criminal court and he would confess everything with tears in his eyes.

  7. Are you braindead?!
    Stalin did not kill 20 million!
    Glory to comrade Stalin – the great and glorious leader of the working class!

  8. GoldenAUroraniS

    „Kaiser Wilhelm II. tat im Laufe eines Vierteljahrhunderts sein möglichstes, um die Unwetter des Krieges von Deutschlands Grenzen & von Europa fernzuhalten. Aber alles, was Verleumdung, Feigheit, Klatsch ausdenken kann, ergießt sich über sein Haupt. Seine Absichten werden verdreht, seine Worte missdeutet, seine Handlungen zu Verbrechen gestempelt.“ (Sven Anders Hedin) Geograph, Topograph, Entdeckungsreisender (* 19. Februar 1865 † 26. November 1952) „Mit Greuelpropaganda haben wir den Krieg gewonnen. Und nun fangen wir erst richtig damit an! Wir werden diese Greuelpropaganda fortsetzen, wir werden sie steigern, bis niemand mehr ein gutes Wort von den Deutschen annehmen wird, bis alles zerstört sein wird, was sie etwa in anderen Ländern noch an Sympathien gehabt haben, und diese selber so durcheinander geraten sein werden, dass sie nicht mehr wissen, was sie tun. Wenn das erreicht ist, wenn sie beginnen, ihr eigenes Nest zu beschmutzen, und das nicht etwa zähneknirschend, sondern in eilfertiger Bereitschaft, den Siegern gefällig zu sein, dann erst ist der Sieg vollständig. Endgültig ist er nie. Die Umerziehung (Reeducation) bedarf sorgfältiger, unentwegter Pflege wie Englischer Rasen. Nur ein Augenblick der Nachlässigkeit und das Unkraut bricht durch, jenes unausrottbare Unkraut der geschichtlichen Wahrheit.“ (Selfton Delmer) Journalist (* 24. Mai 1904 † 4. September 1979) nach der deutschen Kapitulation 1945 in einem Gespräch mit Dr. Friedrich Grimm. „Die Deutschen müssten Engel oder Heilige sein, um zu vergessen & zu vergeben, was sie an Ungerechtigkeiten & Grausamkeiten zweimal in einer Generation zu erleiden hatten, ohne dass sie ihrerseits die Alliierten herausgefordert hätten. Wären wir Amerikaner so behandelt worden, unsere Racheakte für unser Leiden würden keine Grenzen kennen.“ Ludwig A. Fritsch, Chicago, 1948 Amerikas Verantwortung für die Verbrechen am deutschen Volk (ISBN-13: 978-3-87847-254-4) „Die Wahrheit hat weder Waffen nötig, um sich zu verteidigen, noch Gewalttätigkeit, um die Menschen zu zwingen, an sie zu glauben. Sie hat nur zu erscheinen, und sobald ihr Licht die Wolken, die sie verbergen, verscheucht hat, ist ihr Sieg gesichert.“ (𝕱𝖗𝖎𝖊𝖉𝖗𝖎𝖈𝖍 der Große) König von Preußen (* 24. Januar 1712 † 17. August 1786) . Ich hoffe ihr schmort in der HÖLLE :

  9. correction: Adolf Hitler was Leader of Nazi Germany not Germany, it pisses me off so much when people say that like all germans were nazis but that wasn't true.

  10. The President of Finland from 1940 to 1944 Risto Ryti was 175 cm and his successor C.G.E. Mannerheim was 187 cm.

  11. Wasn't Hirohito only in his early 20s during ww2? The main reason US leaders kept him as Emperor was because they didn't want any backlash from removing him. The war was bloody enough without having to fight yet another war or sparking a civil war within the nation due to a power vacuum created by his removal.

  12. I tell all my fellow history buff friends about Dr. Felton's Youtube channels. They are moderately interested when I mention it but when they check it out they tell me how much they love it.

  13. Kinda funny ain't it. We were all told in school that Hitler was short brown haired with brown eyes. Now we know he was reasonably tall with vivid blue eyes. What else did school get wrong?

  14. Don’t forget to mentions it was common practice to be measured IN footwear during this era. Slightly skewing heights upward by an inch or above. The German and Soviet military boots known to carry a sole/heel measurement anywhere between 1.25-1.75 inches depending on shoe size.

  15. They are just three inches taller than my mom… she is 5 ft 3in.
    Crazy to think I would be looking down at all these people.

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