Originally Posted by Ratamahatta
In what extent did Wehrmacht and Red Army used captured tanks, artillery and other heavy weapons? When reading about great battles of WWII I always see statistics which mention how many weapons were captured by winning side, but I never hear anything about their usage.
Also: why didn't Wehrmacht use chemical weapons on eastern front? They were first to use poison gas in WWI, they used artillery which were originally designed to fire gas canisters and for Wehrmacht war against USSR was a war of annihilation. So why didn't they?
The Germans used tons of artillery pieces and trucks captured at Dunkirk against the Soviets.
Originally Posted by vetiver
Why did Germany form an alliance with Italy? What was the relative strength of Italy militarily? Did Germany ally for purely geographical strategic reasons? Is there any indication that Germany intended to turn on Italy in the future if they conquered all the enemy Allied countries?
Italy was doing exactly what it did in WWI, sitting on the sidelines waiting to join the winning side. After the battle of France it looked for all the world that the Germans were gonna win so they invaded France hoping to pick up some concessions.