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  1. 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 .


  2. 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 . 

  3. 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 ? 

  4. 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 . 

  5. 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 ........

  6. 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 .

  7. 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 

  8. 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 .



  9. 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 )

  10. 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 . 


    (stands back ready for flak)

  11. 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"

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  12.  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 . 

  13. 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 .

  14. Heck of a coincidence , this just came into my mailbox .

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