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May 29th, 2012


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02:37 pm
At one of the hospitals, free lunch was given to visitors and staff in honor of the holiday; while chomping on my food, I finished up two more Ospreys:

First was Osprey New Vanguard #181: Yangtze River Gunboats 1900 – 49, which dealt with the odd fact that European powers were permitted to have river craft of their own navies in the inland waters of a sovereign nation. Very strange.

Second was Osprey Campaign #143: Caen 1944: Montgomery’s Break-out Attempt, which dealt with the battles to break out of the Normandy beachhead off the British landing sites through the town of Caen. The landings were important, but being bottled up on the beaches would have been disastrous.

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From:erich_schneider
Date:May 29th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
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The landings were important, but being bottled up on the beaches would have been disastrous

... until September 1945 rolled around and the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Berlin, assuming the USSR hadn't gotten to the Rhine by that point.

I suppose either of those results could be considered "disastrous", but they're about as bad for Nazi Germany as the historical outcome was.
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From:mycroftca
Date:May 29th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
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If Patton hadn't slapped that soldier, he might have had command of the landings, and Caen wouldn't have mattered. If, if, if...

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