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German President invited to Cenotaph.

#42
I believe, as @Helm mentioned, the commemoration will be focused 1914/18. There was a misunderstanding between 1939/45 however the veterans I have spoken to hold no grudge against the Germans as fighting soldiers. The Japanese are a different matter with our veterans (and both my grandads were Burma Star).
It is up to those who are still around, as you say.
The issue of comparative complicity for war crimes is a complex one. I agree re. the Japanese being a different case but the Germans were careless of the rules of war on many occasions.
However, if the veterans are OK then who it is not for me to object.
 
#43
It is up to those who are still around, as you say.
The issue of comparative complicity for war crimes is a complex one. I agree re. the Japanese being a different case but the Germans were careless of the rules of war on many occasions.
However, if the veterans are OK then who it is not for me to object.
With all due respect, the allies were also very careless of the rules of war at times too. History is written by the victors.
 
#44
They don't do Armistice Day there, they have if I recall right a national day of mourning later in the month which is similar instead.
The Germans (and Italians) in HQ ARRC joined in with everyone else on 11/11/15 at Lielvarde AB in Latvia. I always find Remembrance Sunday in the field to be an especially poignant occasion.
 
#45
With all due respect, the allies were also very careless of the rules of war at times too. History is written by the victors.
True.
I have told this story lots but my former neighbour was captured by our army in Denmark in 1945 (after stealing a boat from the North German coast, to escape the Russians). He told me that when one of his comrades objected to his medals being stolen he was shot out of hand.
We were not saints. Amongst the least bad I sincerely hope/believe.
 
#46
Danny Boyle to sort out our remembering? I cannot wait to see how Stormzy interprets the racial lessons learnt at the Somme.
It would be more dignified if his brother Frankie was in charge than that lefty twat.

Can we also ensure that her highness Lilly Allen is escorted by a troop of Gurkhas please. She will need protection as the Cenotaph will be full of white men just gagging to rape her ugly ass and grope her saggy tits. Us white men just cannot get enough of a a bit of Lilly rapin, cause we are all cvnts who just ruin society and the planet.
 
#47
Our former colonies and dominions who contributed so much to victory in both wars are invited and send big contigents. I would like to see members of the armies of the Indian sub continent, Africa, Canada, Australia, NZ and anyone else I've forgotten marching in the parade.
Don't forget the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Belgians, Dutch, Danes and Norwegians; they all did their bit too, in many cases with no real support from those that they left behind at home. I would hope that in 2020 at the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain that the Poles, Czechs and Slovaks are all invited to join the flypast. 'For your freedom and ours.' H_M.
 
#53
I'd rather see the German president there than Comrade Corbyn
I'd rather see Vladimir Putin there than Comrade Corbyn. Putin is not as left-wing as Corbyn and less of a danger to the UK.
 
#55
Don't forget the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Belgians, Dutch, Danes and Norwegians; they all did their bit too, in many cases with no real support from those that they left behind at home. I would hope that in 2020 at the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain that the Poles, Czechs and Slovaks are all invited to join the flypast. 'For your freedom and ours.' H_M.
Genuine question, but have our allies ever attended in the past? Excluding the Empire/Commonwealth, and if you class the Poles, etc., as British due to them serving in the British armed forces, has there ever been official French, Portuguese or American attendance? Also the Italians and Japanese were our allies in WWI - have they ever attended?
 

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#56
Don't forget the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Belgians, Dutch, Danes and Norwegians; they all did their bit too, in many cases with no real support from those that they left behind at home. I would hope that in 2020 at the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain that the Poles, Czechs and Slovaks are all invited to join the flypast. 'For your freedom and ours.' H_M.
Regrettably none of the latter ended up free for 45 more years. Churchill is not a hero in Poland. Otherwise I concur.
 
#57
Genuine question, but have our allies ever attended in the past? Excluding the Empire/Commonwealth, and if you class the Poles, etc., as British due to them serving in the British armed forces, has there ever been official French, Portuguese or American attendance? Also the Italians and Japanese were our allies in WWI - have they ever attended?
An excellent question; I genuinely do not know.
 
#58
I'd rather see Vladimir Putin there than Comrade Corbyn. Putin is not as left-wing as Corbyn and less of a danger to the UK.
Putin also served; Corbyn is just self-serving.

As an aside, Putin is the bogeyman that I threatened Master H_M with yesterday. 'If you run off again, I'll send you to Vladimir Putin!' Mrs H_M was appalled and expressed her displeasure volubly.
 

Bouillabaisse

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#60
I am not sure what Churchill could have done... We had no ability to prevent the Red Army from overrunning Poland either in 1939 or 1944-5.
Nevertheless. Try that with an educated Pole and you'll get short shrift. Just don't try it with a pretty one or you won't get laid.
 

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