How did a squadron of U.S. bombers change the rules of the sea which was to cost the lives of tens of thousands of Allied seamen? Few things illustrate the half-lie better than Allied propaganda relating to the Laconia Order. This was Hitler’s instruction that forbade German shipping from picking up distressed survivors at sea.
The armed forces have used animals in their armed conflicts since ancient times. Horses and dogs come to mind first. Horses were exploited in all wars, up to the middle of the 20th century. During World War II, the Soviet cavalry almost attacked the tanks of the Reich’s armed forces.
GENOCIDE claimed the lives of 170 million martyrs during the 20th Century. The Soviet Union, Peoples Republic of China, the United States, and the United Kingdom are confirmed responsible for 164 million victims of genocide.’ ~ Source: R. J. Rummel, Power, Genocide and Mass Murder, Journal of Peace Research 31 (No. 1 1994).
The post comes to us nightly, we hail the post with glee –
For now we’re not as many as once we used to be:
For some have done their fighting, packed up and gone away,
And many lads are sleeping – no sound will break their sleeping;
Brave lusty comrades sleeping in their little homes of clay. ~ Irish poet Patrick MacGill.
Much has been said and written about Japanese brutality during the war in the Far East. However, little is said about Allied atrocities, which in brutality and magnitude invariably exceeded those of the Japanese.
I make no apologies for spurning the pomp and pageantry that bull-horns its way through Remembrance Sunday held at thousands of cenotaphs. There is much about war that knows no political or national boundaries. War is a monument to human frailty and duplicity, profiteering, individual acts of heroism and stupidity, but not strength.
The Spanish Civil War raged between 1936 and 1939. The Spanish conflict, rather than the Reich’s pre-emptive strike on threatening Poland, is said to have sparked World War II.
Oradour sur Glan, is a French village, located 23 km north-west of Limoges.
The 1943 Bengal famine, which resulted in the death of over three million Indians, was a direct result of then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s policies and not drought.
Several war time personalities would end up agreeing on the value of the 2.5-ton U.S Studebaker manufactured truck as the one important logistical innovation that really won World War II for the Allies and more than any other single weapon of the conflict.