Sunday, May 8, 2022

Today is…

...VE Day! Does anyone under the age of 60 even know what that means? Hint: In a few months it shall also be VJ Day!

Thise who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat history.

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  1. I think most of us of that age in Britain are aware of the date and its significance. However it's not a date I remember or think of very often. For me 6 June 1944 is the most significant day of WW2. It was D-Day and the start of the end of the war in Europe. It was also 2 days after I appeared on the earth.

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  2. Graham, D-Day always makes me think of General Eisenhower. I have long thought that he was one of only two Americans ever to be awarded the rank of General of the Armies (plural) as opposed to the 5-star appellation General of the Army (singular), the other one being General John J. Pershing after World War I, but I discovered during my reading that I was mistaken. The other General of the Armies was George Washington at the time of the American Revolutionary War. General Eisenhower, however, was named Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in Europe. That ain't too shabby as titles go.

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  3. Oddly, Bob, despite the fact that to 'us' he was President Eisenhower his title as General Eisenhower was possibly more used in the history I learned. the first US General to come to mind equally would have been General Washington. I confess never having heard of General Pershing.

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    1. Graham, General Pershing held the same position in the First World War that Eisenhower did in the Second. I find it amazing and a shock to my system to learn that you never heard of him.

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