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  •  War is hell on the Home Front (5+ / 0-)

    We had rationing here too, as of course you know, but it never was bad as in Britain. We had all our foodstuffs right here, much of Britain's food came from us.
    Been reading MAx HAsting's  All Hell Broke Loose his opus on WWII.
    Love the guy and he really tells a lot of what the war was like from the Brit perspective. This year I also read his bio of Churchill in the war years. Interesting to see Vere's golden statue comment. He was a truly great man,  but flawed, like most truly great men. I also slogged through his lengthy (and somewhat biased) version of WWII.
    My mom worked in the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond, CA, during WWII. Not quite Rosie the Riveter, she was a book keeper

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 07:01:50 AM PDT

    •  Churchill was indeed flawed....... (4+ / 0-)
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      Despite having ridden in the last ever cavalry charge by the British Army (Battle of Omdurman, 1898), and exhibited personal bravery, Churchill could be both petty and mean.

      I think Churchill was truly shocked by his defeat in the 1945 General Election - but anyone who had read the Beveridge Report could see it coming!

      By the way - Churchill did NOT use a cavalry sabre during that 'last charge' at Omdurman. His weapon of choice? A privately purchased, C96 'Broomhandle' Mauser automatic!

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 07:58:55 AM PDT

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      •  In another context, (4+ / 0-)

        Lois McMaster Bujold observed about great men something roughly like "As no man is perfect, it follows that all greatness arises out of imperfection." I'm paraphrasing, but I hope I've got the gist of it.

        "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

        by xaxnar on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 08:11:50 AM PDT

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      •  HA! Caughtcha! (2+ / 0-)
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        Um, no, the last mass British cavalry charge was in 1918 at Meggido:
        ""On 19 September 1918, British infantry, cavalry, and air forces under command of Gen Edmund H. H. “Bull” Allenby stormed through Turkish defenses at the battle of Megiddo. It was one of the greatest exhibitions of mobility and pursuit in the history of World War I. The British missed a rare opportunity to learn what Megiddo might hold for the future of warfare. They focused on the romanticism of the “last cavalry charge” instead of on the efficacy of combined arms operations. ""
         Churchill was not there.

        The last British cavalry charge (not massed) was in WWII:

        The last British charge was made (....March 1942.....) by Capt. Arthur Sandeman and 60 Sikh horsemen mounted on short Burmese horses of the Burma Field Force. They blundered into a force of entrenched Japanese soldiers and were repulsed after taking heavy losses. Capt Sandeman was killed with his saber in hand.

        The final U.S. charge took place in the Philippines in January 1942, when the pistol-wielding horsemen of the 26th Cavalry Regiment temporarily scattered the Japanese.

        Happy just to be alive

        by exlrrp on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 04:26:24 PM PDT

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