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Wednesday, July 12, 2017


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  1. You are being deliberately obtuse .I shall waste no more time trying to justify my comments , no matter what I say , you seem to be bent on being unpleasant .
  2. Snide remarks about Father in Birmingham . Not the behaviour of an adult , is it ? Hostile and defensive is obviously what you try to invoke with not just this subject but others . I did not say you were spiteful or indeed motivated by malice--they are your words , eat them . Unfortunately your command of English lets you down somewhat , so perhaps I am being unfair to you when I consider that you are being confrontational .
  3. I agree that there is insufficient information to the public at large . The importance of the one ball story can be seen in the post that prompted me to tell it .
  4. Hello George , Your quote of my post above---- I meant that the whole thing was a myth , including the autopsy . With regard to your implied dismissal of the Soviet story , I couldn't agree more , their obfuscation about the whole episode has meant that there will never be (or not in my lifetime anyway) any concrete evidence of Hitler's demise , or even if he did actually demise , which is itself in doubt . I believe that under certain rules , the government can withhold data on anything they choose if they invoke the 100 year rule , which in essence means anyone who could be upset by release of such data will be long dead , making release of information a bit less troublesome .
  5. Yes Philip , I was referring to your "posting" (more correctly , post) , and you have responded in exactly the way I thought you would . You seem to have completely missed the point . I believe we are all familiar with Hitler's non mythical triumph , and the reason for stating that his jig was in fact a myth . If you read my post about my Dad and Birmingham properly , you will understand (with any luck and a following wind) that its relevance is pretty obvious in the context of the post . By the way , it took you a while to come up with that observation , did you have to read all the posts whilst checking for a suitable comeback ?
  6. And what has that got to do with the discussion on Myths ?
  7. No , not that film , I meant the straightforward Allied propaganda film of Adolf doing a jig outside the carriage at Compiegne
  8. Why is it that the authors of some of these articles have to stick their own (jaundiced) view of events ? It appears that the author has a downer on Bomber Command , his summary point being____ "Bomber Command’s brute force attacks. Sadly, it was a lesson that Portal, Harris, and their peers were unwilling to learn". Apart from the broad sweep attack on Bomber Command being an insult to the brave crews , 56,000 of whom lost their lives , what the heck was Bomber Command expected to do ? Sit on their asses for five years ? Do try to keep the self promoting nasty comments out of supposed factual stories .
  9. How odd that the article today slates the behaviour of the British as a colonial power two centuries back when the USA is doing the same thing today----interfering in other countries' affairs and effectively colonising any country that seems could make a profit for the USA . People in glasshouses ........
  10. Hi again Danny , I'm glad you've seen the goose-step one , as you say , it is simply playing with forward/reverse , but still very effective because it looks so funny . You are quite right , the jig dancing was rather more sophisticated . There is another one worth looking out for , a simple short snatch of Herman Goering rubbing his hands in glee and with a greasy smirk , originally in a shot of him and Adolph having a love-in . It is variously shown as him showing his pleasure at Spitfires and Hurricanes getting shot down , bombs raining on London and so on . There's a lot out there , good fun looking for them .
  11. In response to my ps above , surprise surprise , the formatting is as I sent it , same as the previous ones which were mucked about .
  12. Hello Danny , Yes , I have seen the same film . It is the doctored one and it was used in several films /news stories in WW2 , and still gets a showing as genuine in some of the so-called documentaries which come out on disc or as a programme on TV . The same doctoring team did a very funny one based on film of German troops goose-stepping along some conquered street . The film shows them goose-stepping forward and backward and is very effective , especially given the accompanying sound track . The problem with a lot of these propaganda films is that they are taken as genuine happenings . For example , a famous , recurring bit of propaganda showing a Spitfire attacking an Me110 . Good film , genuine enough , but the Me110 was a captured one being flown from Boscombe Down to check on how best to attack it . Now I know this is going to cause some argument because , again , it has been used so often it seems genuine . However , a genuine attack would almost certainly show the Spitfire's guns firing . So the film is genuine enough but wrongly attributed . It would be interesting to hear from other readers of any such propaganda films being used . I know of several , but will keep off them to give someone else a chance . Have a nice day ! ps . Must see if this gets posted properly formatted
  13. I notice once again that the format that I used to write the above has been changed , to the detriment of the post . I asked for advice about this before , but none was forthcoming . Silly old bugger should know better , eh ?
  14. It's interesting that the author of today's article trying to debunk myths did not mention certain facts , and got one plain wrong . The "Myth" of Hitler doing a jig . It wasn't a myth , it was a clever bit of film editing by allied propaganda which showed Hitler doing a jig . If you look at the original film , he stamped one foot and slapped his thigh with his gloves . Just one simple movement , but it was edited to produce a film of Hitler doing a jig . The film was taken outside the famous railway carriage after the signing of France's surrender . So it was hardly a myth , it happened on film . I would call it "successful propaganda" . The other myth debunked ? Hitler had only one testicle , the myth originated as a result of his autopsy . No , wrong . When I was a kid there was a lot of allied propaganda in the form of silly poems for kids written and circulated especially to ridicule German leaders---Japan was yet to enter the war---, the little ditty went "Hitler has only got one ball , Goering has two but they are small Himmler is very similar But poor old Goebels has no balls at all ." Circa 1941 onwards . Hitler still very much alive . I can date it to 1941 because I got a slap around the ear on my very first day at school for singing it (in 1941) It is a great pity that other people around my age and older don't answer or comment on the daily articles , there is so much knowledge around which is going to disappear for ever when the memories die with them . The problem is something to do with the attitude of younger people not wanting to hear the sometimes very interesting stories (silly old bugger's off again) . I can give you an example (just a quick one so's not to bore you) . I remember watching my Dad and my brothers digging and lining a pit in the ground of our garden in which to store and hide the explosives my Dad was issued with , his job was to sabotage the armaments machinery he was responsible for as works engineer for a large company in Birmingham . I helped him fill the pit when I was home on leave , which prodded my Dad into telling me more of what he was supposed to do in the event of invasion . Very interesting , try listening to some of the silly old buggers' stories and you may learn a lot of interesting things .
  15. Why is it that this post is presented in a totally different format to the one I used in writing it ? There are breaks where there shouldn't be , new lines where I didn't ask for them and so on . Don't tell me that there is an autocorrect for punctuation (2/10 , see me )
  16. I have kept quiet about this for some time , but today's article about a Royal Navy Hellcat is festooned with pictures of USN Hellcats . Why ? There are many photos of Fleet Air Arm Hellcats around , yet we have to be overwhelmed with pics of USN or USMarine aircraft . Also , not once does the term Royal Navy appear . The dead pilot of the Hellcat was a New Zealander serving with the Royal Navy . Like many of his countrymen he came half way round the world to serve and fight for what was then considered The Mother Country . Anyone not familiar with military history could be forgiven for not realising that Commonwealth countries had a direct input to the Allied war effort . Is this an attempt to imply that the USA were into everything in WW2 ?. Let me get one thing straight , I admire the USA and its Armed Forces , but implying that they took part in every operation in WW2 is a bit much , lets us not return to the daft example set by showing a USAAF B17 in the DamBusters film for showing in the USA . As I said at the start , this is an ongoing problem on this site . There is a deliberate policy (not restricted to this site) to undermine the friendship between the UK and the USA , don't let us get caught up in it . Mike (stands back ready for flak)
  17. The Building of the Atlantic Wall , and the Destruction of the Atlantic Wall , because I love a happy ending .
  18. Hello Mr Leonard , I am a bit confused , I was told that there was a reply to my comment in which I pointed out the same lug nut as you did . Has someone deleted a post or some other thing I missed ? I have not taken offence or even a wall or gate or some other property boundary . Which reminds me , did you know that the long lost President Idi Amin , when asked what he was going to do about defence replied "De man comin' wid de hammer and nails to fix it"
  19. I think that there are too many off-the-cuff answers to what amounts to an unqualified question . "Worst aeroplane" ---for what ? Some aircraft were successful in the air but a pig for the groundcrew to service . Some were a pig to manufacture , and a swine to fly , then there were those that did very well , thankyou in a job they were not designed for and failed miserably when put to their "proper" use . Many training aircraft crashed , not through the fault of their design but because of untrained pilots . A quick look around the Arnhem locality would surely put the Horsa well up the list , though it had the misfortune to hit things other than the ground when landing . So , my pet hate was the Sunderland because every time I went near one I got wet feet .
  20. I thought it referred to the bloke who wrote the caption for the photo of the "awardee" of a medal . I could of course be wrong , like many of us can be through misunderstanding .
  21. Quite so , and showing how fortunate we are in having the freedom of expression .
  22. To quote yourself , it's all down to semantics , and I might add also , spelling , unless you actually meant "perogative" . I note that you remain silent about the word "earned" in the caption of the picture wot i scent , shurely you can come up wiv sumfink .
  23. There is obviously no point in continuing this discussion . I shall leave you to find another subject on which to pontificate . Look at my original comment where I said "I believe that the term earned....." . I believe . Full stop . Argue all you like . I still believe .
  24. Heck of a coincidence , this just came into my mailbox . 3 of 174 Soldier's Medal for NCO who saved a life Inbox x Army Times Unsubscribe 23:02 (28 minutes ago) to me Having trouble viewing this email? | View it in your browser Daily News Roundup Today's news you shouldn't miss Fort Knox soldier earns Soldier’s Medal for saving man from burning fuel truck The sergeant first class received the Soldier's Medal on Friday at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Advertisement
  25. OK , I have a driving license , did I earn it ? No , I passed a test . I will not argue the semantics applicable to military medals as I have some , so will stay neutral .
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