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2014-06-06 01:07:09 AM  
Nice find, Subby. Thank you.
 
2014-06-06 01:29:03 AM  
Wow! Cool.
 
2014-06-06 01:33:04 AM  
Just 10 minutes in and it has been an interesting listen.
 
2014-06-06 07:12:34 AM  
Very cool.  Thanks for this.  Funny how they were reporting German radio broadcasts, since the War Office was busy telling them that nothing was happening.
 
2014-06-06 07:18:18 AM  
This is what the internet is good for. Yeah, cat pictures, porn, and snark, but there's a serious upside to the idea that "the internet never forgets". 20 years ago, this wouldn't have been instantly available to a huge chunk of the world.
 
2014-06-06 07:20:24 AM  
This is really great. Archive.org is awesome, but seems to me to be difficult to navigate and search. I have been listening to old radio shows, especially Suspense. Good stuff for the commute.
 
2014-06-06 07:21:32 AM  
Bookmarking for listening later

/People need to listen to this rather than watching cat videos on the tubes
 
2014-06-06 07:21:54 AM  
Excellent find, thanks!
 
2014-06-06 07:23:49 AM  
Nice find Subby. Yes, it gets interesting right from the first moment.

It's very well reported. Especially when you consider that their information is fragmented and confusing and yet they still put together a coherent report.

They're also careful to make clear that the information could be wrong either accidentally or on purpose.

Such a refreshing change from the hysteria that is the 24 hour news we have now.
 
2014-06-06 07:32:25 AM  
Wow, that was a loooong day!
 
2014-06-06 07:35:06 AM  
Here is a photo of our troops landing on the beach.

scecclesia.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-06 07:37:33 AM  
D-Day was incredible, not just from a human perspective, but from a technological standpoint. Weapons never before seen by the world were used on that day.

www.morethings.com
 
2014-06-06 07:37:35 AM  

bighairyguy: Wow, that was a loooong day!


The longest.

/just a bookmark.
 
2014-06-06 07:40:29 AM  
i1182.photobucket.com

My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas -- whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them--help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Amen.


- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
June 6, 1944
 
2014-06-06 07:42:59 AM  
thanks, subby
 
2014-06-06 08:07:03 AM  
In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.
 
2014-06-06 08:09:33 AM  
I can't wait to listen to this when I get home.

/at work
 
2014-06-06 08:11:39 AM  
Thank you.
 
2014-06-06 08:11:55 AM  

jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.


You could make a solid argument WWII started in 1914 and ended in 1989, and is called the Great War.
 
2014-06-06 08:19:38 AM  
Remarkable listening to that, this is what the internet does best. I enjoy listening to the old radio broadcast. I work offshore so before coming out to work I fill up my iPod with the old radio broadcasts, best way to go to sleep, listening to the old radio shows.
img.fark.net
 
2014-06-06 08:20:25 AM  

jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.


Most likely alluding to the second Sino-Japanese War

This text is now purple: You could make a solid argument WWII started in 1914 and ended in 1989, and is called the Great War.


Also, this
 
2014-06-06 08:25:06 AM  
Great find subby.  I had heard bits & pieces several years ago & was fascinated by it.  Today we have the luxury of 20/20 hindsight & know how it all ended both right then & 9-10 months later when it was ALL over (European theater anyway...).  Those listening that day only knew that THIS was their one chance to carve out a foothold & that if it went badly that it may have taken years to build up everything again (granted, by then the Allies were approaching Rome & could have headed north from there if D-Day failed, but that would have it's own severe problems).  Listening to the radio, knowing that your husband/sons were probably right there getting shot at but with no way to find out for weeks... words fail me.  Looking back with eyes jaundiced by the 24/7 news cycle (complete with real time satellite pictures), it's almost impossible to imagine how little was known about what was happening.

Greatest generation indeed.
 
2014-06-06 08:27:21 AM  
www.troll.me
 
2014-06-06 08:29:42 AM  

Recoil Therapy: Great find subby.  I had heard bits & pieces several years ago & was fascinated by it.  Today we have the luxury of 20/20 hindsight & know how it all ended both right then & 9-10 months later when it was ALL over (European theater anyway...).  Those listening that day only knew that THIS was their one chance to carve out a foothold & that if it went badly that it may have taken years to build up everything again (granted, by then the Allies were approaching Rome & could have headed north from there if D-Day failed, but that would have it's own severe problems).  Listening to the radio, knowing that your husband/sons were probably right there getting shot at but with no way to find out for weeks... words fail me.  Looking back with eyes jaundiced by the 24/7 news cycle (complete with real time satellite pictures), it's almost impossible to imagine how little was known about what was happening.

Greatest generation indeed.


If you look around, there are also recordings from December 7, 1941 with the networks breaking into programming with the first news on Pearl Harbor.
 
2014-06-06 08:37:08 AM  

KingKauff: jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.

Most likely alluding to the second Sino-Japanese War

This text is now purple: You could make a solid argument WWII started in 1914 and ended in 1989, and is called the Great War.

Also, this


I had a textbook in college that was essentially just that argument, thought it said the war ended in 48 when the Russians got the bomb. It was two huge volumes. WWI and the aftermath until Hitler's election and then After that until the Russians got the bomb. It's been a while, but I think most of my professors who taught in the area basically considered WWI and WWII to be essentially the same conflict.
 
2014-06-06 08:47:09 AM  
Where are the constant interruptions with "breaking news" about celebrity gossip?  Is this a news broadcast or what?
 
2014-06-06 08:51:26 AM  
Captain Steroid:

No matter what your political persuasion, no matter what you think of any of FDR's policies or programs, no matter what your religion, no matter your opinion of war; it is hard to find more fitting remarks or a more elegant and eloquent prayer than this one.  It is difficult, even at this distance from the event, to hear or read this without getting a bit tight in the throat and misty-eyed.

Thanks.
 
2014-06-06 08:55:26 AM  

Ivandrago: KingKauff: jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.

Most likely alluding to the second Sino-Japanese War

This text is now purple: You could make a solid argument WWII started in 1914 and ended in 1989, and is called the Great War.

Also, this

I had a textbook in college that was essentially just that argument, thought it said the war ended in 48 when the Russians got the bomb. It was two huge volumes. WWI and the aftermath until Hitler's election and then After that until the Russians got the bomb. It's been a while, but I think most of my professors who taught in the area basically considered WWI and WWII to be essentially the same conflict.


History prof in college stated it thusly: WWI and WWII are the same war. In both cases, Germany ran out of soldiers. Twenty years between wars. How long does it take to raise a generation?

That same class, my final paper was on who the REAL loser of the war was: the Soviet Union
 
2014-06-06 09:02:12 AM  

KingKauff: Ivandrago: KingKauff: jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.

Most likely alluding to the second Sino-Japanese War

This text is now purple: You could make a solid argument WWII started in 1914 and ended in 1989, and is called the Great War.

Also, this

I had a textbook in college that was essentially just that argument, thought it said the war ended in 48 when the Russians got the bomb. It was two huge volumes. WWI and the aftermath until Hitler's election and then After that until the Russians got the bomb. It's been a while, but I think most of my professors who taught in the area basically considered WWI and WWII to be essentially the same conflict.

History prof in college stated it thusly: WWI and WWII are the same war. In both cases, Germany ran out of soldiers. Twenty years between wars. How long does it take to raise a generation?

That same class, my final paper was on who the REAL loser of the war was: the Soviet Union


I took a handful of classes just about WWI and WWII. I remember writing one paper about how Eisenhower's plan to go forward on D-Day was ill advised given the weather conditions and another about the Navy in the Atlantic that I don't recall the point of.

/senior thesis was about why the Disney princesses are bad influences on young children.
 
2014-06-06 09:05:01 AM  
"Eastern War Time"  surprised Fox News has never used that.
 
2014-06-06 09:08:58 AM  
They needed a health care program.
 
2014-06-06 09:09:52 AM  

BMFPitt: Where are the constant interruptions with "breaking news" about celebrity gossip?  Is this a news broadcast or what?


Actually, it sound rather like the modern day wall-to-wall coverage that modern disasters like 9/11 get.

Except that it sounds like they actually have editors going through stuff before they let it go on the air.
 
2014-06-06 09:11:14 AM  
December 7, 1941. Never Forget!
 
2014-06-06 09:11:50 AM  
Plan to listen bit later when able to find/make/take time.  FangQ Subby.
 
2014-06-06 09:13:42 AM  

Ivandrago: KingKauff: Ivandrago: KingKauff: jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.

Most likely alluding to the second Sino-Japanese War

This text is now purple: You could make a solid argument WWII started in 1914 and ended in 1989, and is called the Great War.

Also, this

I had a textbook in college that was essentially just that argument, thought it said the war ended in 48 when the Russians got the bomb. It was two huge volumes. WWI and the aftermath until Hitler's election and then After that until the Russians got the bomb. It's been a while, but I think most of my professors who taught in the area basically considered WWI and WWII to be essentially the same conflict.

History prof in college stated it thusly: WWI and WWII are the same war. In both cases, Germany ran out of soldiers. Twenty years between wars. How long does it take to raise a generation?

That same class, my final paper was on who the REAL loser of the war was: the Soviet Union

I took a handful of classes just about WWI and WWII. I remember writing one paper about how Eisenhower's plan to go forward on D-Day was ill advised given the weather conditions and another about the Navy in the Atlantic that I don't recall the point of.

/senior thesis was about why the Disney princesses are bad influences on young children.


I saw a program on the Hitler, er, History Channel not too long ago talking about that while it was probably ill advised due to weather, he had received reports from a new fangled weather station in the Atlantic that the weather was improving and would be good for the invasion. He also kinda HAD to go forward as the next prime time to go would've been another month or so away and there would've really been no way to keep all those troops "hidden" in England without the Germans finding out.
 
2014-06-06 09:16:57 AM  

spottymax: "Eastern War Time"  surprised Fox News has never used that.


It was an actual thing:

President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round DST in the United States, called "War Time" during World War II from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945. The law was enforced 40 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and during this time, the U.S. time zones were called "Eastern War Time", "Central War Time", and "Pacific War Time". After the surrender of Japan in mid-August 1945, the time zones were relabeled "Peace Time".
 
2014-06-06 09:17:04 AM  
General Eisenhower's marching orders:

http://archive.org/details/EisenhowerD-dayMessage
 
2014-06-06 09:23:09 AM  
You rock Subby.
 
2014-06-06 09:23:58 AM  

devildog123: Very cool.  Thanks for this.  Funny how they were reporting German radio broadcasts, since the War Office was busy telling them that nothing was happening.


So nothing has changed.
 
2014-06-06 09:27:11 AM  

KingKauff: Ivandrago: KingKauff: Ivandrago: KingKauff: jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.

Most likely alluding to the second Sino-Japanese War

This text is now purple: You could make a solid argument WWII started in 1914 and ended in 1989, and is called the Great War.

Also, this

I had a textbook in college that was essentially just that argument, thought it said the war ended in 48 when the Russians got the bomb. It was two huge volumes. WWI and the aftermath until Hitler's election and then After that until the Russians got the bomb. It's been a while, but I think most of my professors who taught in the area basically considered WWI and WWII to be essentially the same conflict.

History prof in college stated it thusly: WWI and WWII are the same war. In both cases, Germany ran out of soldiers. Twenty years between wars. How long does it take to raise a generation?

That same class, my final paper was on who the REAL loser of the war was: the Soviet Union

I took a handful of classes just about WWI and WWII. I remember writing one paper about how Eisenhower's plan to go forward on D-Day was ill advised given the weather conditions and another about the Navy in the Atlantic that I don't recall the point of.

/senior thesis was about why the Disney princesses are bad influences on young children.

I saw a program on the Hitler, er, History Channel not too long ago talking about that while it was probably ill advised due to weather, he had received reports from a new fangled weather station in the Atlantic that the weather was improving and would be good for the invasion. He also kinda HAD to go forward as the next prime time to go would've been another month or so away and there would've really been no way to keep all those troops "hidden" in England without the Germans finding out.


I argued that he could have waited the month. The deceptions they had put together to that point had been working and even if Germany had been able to reinforce the coast at that time, the improvements in the weather would have allowed more men and armor to get ashore, as a well more successful air campaign and airborne drops.
My professor said that he'd never seen anyone be so harsh on Eisenhower but I had made some valid points. I was like 21 so honestly what did I know?
 
2014-06-06 09:54:00 AM  
Subby rocks. I have many d-day recordings (Dad was in the first wave) downloaded from u**net, a great source for such things. Several years ago a local fancy eatery where the owner/chef was a child in Normandy during the invasion had a tradition to close down his place to the public and gave free meals to d-day vets allowed me to play the recordings. Lots of tears. I still have the small ivory elephant my father bought when given leave right before the invasion because "elephants" were supposed to be lucky.
 
2014-06-06 09:54:15 AM  

jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.


Or the Chinese and Ethiopians
 
2014-06-06 09:54:16 AM  
Just got to the point where Robert Trout dragged his microphone down the hall to the newsroom. He says there's a fresh pot of coffee. Excellent.
 
2014-06-06 09:55:51 AM  

Ivandrago: KingKauff: Ivandrago: KingKauff: Ivandrago: KingKauff: jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.

Most likely alluding to the second Sino-Japanese War

This text is now purple: You could make a solid argument WWII started in 1914 and ended in 1989, and is called the Great War.

Also, this

I had a textbook in college that was essentially just that argument, thought it said the war ended in 48 when the Russians got the bomb. It was two huge volumes. WWI and the aftermath until Hitler's election and then After that until the Russians got the bomb. It's been a while, but I think most of my professors who taught in the area basically considered WWI and WWII to be essentially the same conflict.

History prof in college stated it thusly: WWI and WWII are the same war. In both cases, Germany ran out of soldiers. Twenty years between wars. How long does it take to raise a generation?

That same class, my final paper was on who the REAL loser of the war was: the Soviet Union

I took a handful of classes just about WWI and WWII. I remember writing one paper about how Eisenhower's plan to go forward on D-Day was ill advised given the weather conditions and another about the Navy in the Atlantic that I don't recall the point of.

/senior thesis was about why the Disney princesses are bad influences on young children.

I saw a program on the Hitler, er, History Channel not too long ago talking about that while it was probably ill advised due to weather, he had received reports from a new fangled weather station in the Atlantic that the weather was improving and would be good for the invasion. He also kinda HAD to go forward as the next prime time to go would've been another month or so away and there would've really been no way to keep all those troops "hidden" in England without the Germans finding out.

I argued that he could have waited the month. The deceptions they had put together to that point had been working and even if Germany had been able to reinforce the coast at that time, the improvements in the weather would have allowed more men and armor to get ashore, as a well more successful air campaign and airborne drops.
My professor said that he'd never seen anyone be so harsh on Eisenhower but I had made some valid points. I was like 21 so honestly what did I know?


I had a professor in college that we had a mock trial for Harry Truman for dropping the bombs as a war crime. He did this for at least 6 years and we were the first class to convict him.
 
2014-06-06 10:00:05 AM  

soupafi: Ivandrago: KingKauff: Ivandrago: KingKauff: Ivandrago: KingKauff: jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.

Most likely alluding to the second Sino-Japanese War

This text is now purple: You could make a solid argument WWII started in 1914 and ended in 1989, and is called the Great War.

Also, this

I had a textbook in college that was essentially just that argument, thought it said the war ended in 48 when the Russians got the bomb. It was two huge volumes. WWI and the aftermath until Hitler's election and then After that until the Russians got the bomb. It's been a while, but I think most of my professors who taught in the area basically considered WWI and WWII to be essentially the same conflict.

History prof in college stated it thusly: WWI and WWII are the same war. In both cases, Germany ran out of soldiers. Twenty years between wars. How long does it take to raise a generation?

That same class, my final paper was on who the REAL loser of the war was: the Soviet Union

I took a handful of classes just about WWI and WWII. I remember writing one paper about how Eisenhower's plan to go forward on D-Day was ill advised given the weather conditions and another about the Navy in the Atlantic that I don't recall the point of.

/senior thesis was about why the Disney princesses are bad influences on young children.

I saw a program on the Hitler, er, History Channel not too long ago talking about that while it was probably ill advised due to weather, he had received reports from a new fangled weather station in the Atlantic that the weather was improving and would be good for the invasion. He also kinda HAD to go forward as the next prime time to go would've been another month or so away and there would've really been no way to keep all those troops "hidden" in England without the Germans finding out.

I argued that he could have waited the month. The deceptions they had put together to that point had been working and even if Germany had been able to reinforce the coast at that time, the improvements in the weather would have allowed more men and armor to get ashore, as a well more successful air campaign and airborne drops.
My professor said that he'd never seen anyone be so harsh on Eisenhower but I had made some valid points. I was like 21 so honestly what did I know?

I had a professor in college that we had a mock trial for Harry Truman for dropping the bombs as a war crime. He did this for at least 6 years and we were the first class to convict him.


Wtf? Harry's move saved the Japanese people plus countless Americans. If it saved even one American life it was worth it.
 
2014-06-06 10:00:56 AM  

spittman: This is really great. Archive.org is awesome, but seems to me to be difficult to navigate and search. I have been listening to old radio shows, especially Suspense. Good stuff for the commute.


20thcenturyradio.com streams those types of shows (including Suspense) 24/7. Sam Spade, Dragnet, Broadway is My Beat, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes (starring Basil Rathbone!), some westerns including The Six-Shooter (starring Jimmy Stewart!) and one of my personal favorites: Bold Venture starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
 
2014-06-06 10:22:51 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: spittman: This is really great. Archive.org is awesome, but seems to me to be difficult to navigate and search. I have been listening to old radio shows, especially Suspense. Good stuff for the commute.

20thcenturyradio.com streams those types of shows (including Suspense) 24/7. Sam Spade, Dragnet, Broadway is My Beat, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes (starring Basil Rathbone!), some westerns including The Six-Shooter (starring Jimmy Stewart!) and one of my personal favorites: Bold Venture starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.


I am definitely more into the crime and mystery series. I do like Johnny Dollar and Sherlock Holmes. Sam Spade and Dragnet are good as well. I like The Whistler, The Shadow and Inner Sanctum mysteries. The problem I have with streaming and with the Radio Classics on XM is that they play too much stuff I don't like. I'm not into westerns and I find that comedy doesn't really hold up over time. It's pretty easy to download a bunch of shows I like and play them on my commute.
 
2014-06-06 10:26:29 AM  
Cameron
Thanks for the link.

For those of you with elderly people who want to listen to old radio shows, while there are streaming solutions, and stand alone Internet radios,I have found this unit to be the best solution Link
Good sound, gets loud, takes sd cards as well as USB sticks. Load your downloaded shows onto cheap memory cards (on in several cases locally, huge USB sticks that have labels) to make the "Greatest Generation" happy.
 
2014-06-06 10:26:55 AM  
Spooky.

I normalized then removed noise in Audacity.

The tracks sounded like I was listening to it on a Hallicrafter s-38 with the signal fading in and out.

Spooky
 
2014-06-06 10:30:31 AM  

soupafi: Ivandrago: KingKauff: Ivandrago: KingKauff: Ivandrago: KingKauff: jayessell: In Kate Smith's show (Chapter 10' Noon EWT) she counts the war starting 4.5 years earlier.
Pardon my French, but I think the Poles would push that date back a bit.

Most likely alluding to the second Sino-Japanese War

This text is now purple: You could make a solid argument WWII started in 1914 and ended in 1989, and is called the Great War.

Also, this

I had a textbook in college that was essentially just that argument, thought it said the war ended in 48 when the Russians got the bomb. It was two huge volumes. WWI and the aftermath until Hitler's election and then After that until the Russians got the bomb. It's been a while, but I think most of my professors who taught in the area basically considered WWI and WWII to be essentially the same conflict.

History prof in college stated it thusly: WWI and WWII are the same war. In both cases, Germany ran out of soldiers. Twenty years between wars. How long does it take to raise a generation?

That same class, my final paper was on who the REAL loser of the war was: the Soviet Union

I took a handful of classes just about WWI and WWII. I remember writing one paper about how Eisenhower's plan to go forward on D-Day was ill advised given the weather conditions and another about the Navy in the Atlantic that I don't recall the point of.

/senior thesis was about why the Disney princesses are bad influences on young children.

I saw a program on the Hitler, er, History Channel not too long ago talking about that while it was probably ill advised due to weather, he had received reports from a new fangled weather station in the Atlantic that the weather was improving and would be good for the invasion. He also kinda HAD to go forward as the next prime time to go would've been another month or so away and there would've really been no way to keep all those troops "hidden" in England without the Germans finding out.

I argued that he could have waited the month. The deceptions they had put together to that point had been working and even if Germany had been able to reinforce the coast at that time, the improvements in the weather would have allowed more men and armor to get ashore, as a well more successful air campaign and airborne drops.
My professor said that he'd never seen anyone be so harsh on Eisenhower but I had made some valid points. I was like 21 so honestly what did I know?

I had a professor in college that we had a mock trial for Harry Truman for dropping the bombs as a war crime. He did this for at least 6 years and we were the first class to convict him.


People always focus on the atomic bombs as ending the war but rarely acknowledge LeMay's horrendous firebombing campaign that killed waahayhay more civilians.
 
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