May 9th, 2007

Children in the Nazi period

This post brought to you by the fact that Writer's Digest Books doesn't have a Daily Life in the Nazi Regime title, and - not surprisingly - the life of affluent, privileged pro-Nazis hasn't been a major concern. (Also, books about Nazi children tend to focus on their post-war lives.)

You and your sisters are young (ages 5-10) girls growing up in Germany during the Nazi regime - say, 1935-1945. You are sheltered as much as possible from the gruesome aspects of the war, as your father a) has a great deal of money and b) is a Nazi sympathizer (possibly even a Nazi himself; haven't figured that out yet). (You are not, because of your age, members of the BdM.)

What I need to know are the details of their daily life. If they make little presents for people's birthdays, what would those be? What's a typical lunch? Would they have a governess, or only a nursemaid for the littlest ones? How hands-on is Mutter likely to be in her child-rearing? What sort of candy would be popular at that time?

Titles of useful biographies of this period - even if not all of the background details match - would be very welcomed.
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Iron bullets

Having Googled "iron bullets," "iron bullets ballistics," and read up on different types of ammunition, I gather—possibly incorrectly—that 1) any object that you can fire out of a gun is potentially deadly, and 2) besides iron alloys used occasionally in jacketed bullets, it's not a common material to make ammunition out of.

So what I'm wondering is why—would it be more expensive than lead, or less effective, or less accurate, or what? And what would a bullet made from solid iron, fired from a handgun, do on impact in terms of spinning, mushrooming, or fragmenting?

Also, there's a flashback scene to the Battle of Stalingrad (because this is a crackfic). I can find the sorts of guns that both armies were using fairly easily, but not what their ammunition was like. Any ideas?

This is an urban fantasy, but that's not an excuse for getting everything wrong.

Thanks!

Edit: You guys are the best!