Who Were We Fighting?

#1
With masses of remembrance day coverage many tv reports state that Britain was at war with the Nazi`s , I was under the impression we were fighting the Germans,all of them? , is this a PC thing to save today's Germans from the embarrassment of their forefathers?
 
#6
With masses of remembrance day coverage many tv reports state that Britain was at war with the Nazi`s , I was under the impression we were fighting the Germans,all of them? , is this a PC thing to save today's Germans from the embarrassment of their forefathers?
Well they are the masters now.

Speaking of the great patriotic war wasn't it Greater Germany, Japan, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria plus various hangers on and the USSR which changed sides.
 
#7
Not to mention the Japanese, Italians, and occasionally the French.
Well if you're talking about WWII, then the Germans, Italians (the rest of the European axis countries pretty much know and acknowledge what went on etc.


Japan on the other hand doesn't. I don't even think they teach it much in schools beyond Japans own suffering.

No mention of chemical or biological warfare against the Chinese, nothing on the beheading games, treatment of Allied POWs, civilian massacres...
 

maguire

LE
Book Reviewer
#8
Not to mention the Japanese, Italians, and occasionally the French.
arent the french well overdue for a shoeing? perhaps in a similar manner to this practice of modern beat combo's going back on tour to play the songs from one of their particularly well recieved waxings? I can see it now - 'Her Majesty's Forces - Greatest Hits Tour'.
 
#9
#10
As mentioned above, if the 'German' role has had a PC makeover it's nothing compared to how the reputation of the French has been buffed up.
 
#11
arent the french well overdue for a shoeing? perhaps in a similar manner to this practice of modern beat combo's going back on tour to play the songs from one of their particularly well recieved waxings? I can see it now - 'Her Majesty's Forces - Greatest Hits Tour'.
I like the fact that even when they were supposed to be on our side they took a considerable slapping, seems old habbits die hard, Navy (pre ipod) had a default setting to **** over the French. Even the army couldn't resist a crack (op Ironclad).
 
#12
With masses of remembrance day coverage many tv reports state that Britain was at war with the Nazi`s , I was under the impression we were fighting the Germans,all of them? , is this a PC thing to save today's Germans from the embarrassment of their forefathers?
Google is your friend..WIKI extract......

Nazi Germany (German: Nazideutschland), also known as the Third Reich (German: Drittes Reich)


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Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer
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Das Lied der Deutschen (official)

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Das Lied der Deutschen
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#13
Don't forget the Italians they were on the side of the Germans when they were winning. When Gerry started loosing the they thought it would be a good idea to swap sides !
 
#14
Might be easier to ask who we haven't fought with in the last few hundred years. We could start with the Civil war a good blue on blue and work it up from there.
Rc
 
#15
With masses of remembrance day coverage many tv reports state that Britain was at war with the Nazi`s , I was under the impression we were fighting the Germans,all of them? , is this a PC thing to save today's Germans from the embarrassment of their forefathers?
But technically, the German Armed Forces came under the control of the Nazis, ergo we were fighting the Nazis?

Or have I missed something? :?
 
#17
Might be easier to ask who we haven't fought with in the last few hundred years. We could start with the Civil war a good blue on blue and work it up from there.
Rc
Portugal for starters. England's oldest ally.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
#20
Don't forget the Italians they were on the side of the Germans when they were winning. When Gerry started loosing the they thought it would be a good idea to swap sides !

Apparently, when a German told Churchill that, if there was another war, Italy would be on their side, he replied: "That's only fair, we had to have them last time".
 

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