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WW II myths vs. the facts

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Some historians seem to specialize in challenging national myths. Max Hastings seems to do this well enough, as here commented by Geoffrey Wheatcroft about Hastings’ latest opus about “Churchill’s War”:

For all Churchill’s exalted words about the “English-speaking peoples” fighting for freedom together, the fact is that Anglo-­American forces played a subsidiary role in the European war. During 1943, while 70,000 Western servicemen, including bomber aircrew members, died fighting Germany, two million Russian solders were killed. Even after D-Day, Russian casualties were far higher; approximately nine of 10 German Army fatalities occurred on the Eastern Front, where the war was decided.

Just in case you read that too quickly “approximately nine of 10 German Army fatalities occurred on the Eastern  Front, where the war was decided” and not in Western Europe as Band of Brothers and that ilk would seem to want us to believe.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/05/01 at 15:18

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