While I'm in between posts here...(stupid Strelkovy) I thought I would point out some of my viewpoints on history. And before anyone gets pissy with me, just remember this is only my opinion on something where the world will never have all of the facts. Should be an entertaining read anyway...take it for what its worth.
Every since becoming interested in WWII the one thing that has really bothered me was the American perception of the war. At least as far as Europe was concerned anyway.
Part I - American Propaganda
Not to take anything away from those men that fought and died, but the documentaries that are ra-ra america are always like "Huge losses", "Brutal, bitter - fighting" and what ever other phrases they say to make it seem like the american suffered so much but persevered.
I was having a conversation with a few friends, and I asked them "Why do the Americans think these were such crazy battles?". We were talking about a documentary on the Pacific that we recently watched. He replied "I think its because the fighting was so close quarters, so personal". The narrator made Iwo Jimi sound like it was the most intense battle of the entire was with insane casualties. To me this summed up the whole American (media anyway) attitude towards the war. What a bunch of BS.
At Stalingrad both sides lost more men in 6 months then the Americans did in the entire war. And you can't get much more close quarter and brutal fighting then room to room in -40 degree weather.
Iwo Jima Casualties
Japan - 21,844 killed
USA - 6,821 killed
German - 750,000 Killed, missing or wounded
Soviet - 478,741 killed or missing
I mean come on, not even in the same ball park on the same continent.
In fact only a few months ago, someone argued with me to the point of yelling that Americans could do no wrong. "They never bombed civilians like the Germans did", he said. I just laughed. That didn't even warrant a response. Sorry to say this was a Canadian that who was all Ra-Ra America. But he only knows what he saw on TV. Those few American Propoganda documentaries that make people believe the war couldn't have been won without them.
Part II - D-Day Wasn't for Hitler.
It also confirmed something I was starting to suspect the more I got into Flames of War and learned more about the different theatres and battles.
The Americans did not win the war for anyone. Not to belittle their contribution but lets look at some time lines.
Most people consider Stalingrad the turning point in the war... debatable.
So, February 1943 the Soviets starting pushing back towards Germany.
The Americans were getting their ASS kicked at the Kasserine Pass.
In July 1943 the Battle of Kursk happened basically at the same time the Allies landed in Sicily. Yes this helped pull German troops off the line at Kursk but the Germans had no reserves. The Soviets were already on their way to Berlin before the Allies landed in Europe.
Now back to this show "Behind Closed Doors". All 3 leaders were going behind each others backs to wheel and deal. And the more I find out about Churchill the more I think he just wanted more territory for the British Empire. Nothing different then Stalin.
Apparently, the Allies told Stalin they would land in Europe in 1942, but didn't. They then told him again they would land in 1943 (D-day) but didn't. You are pissing off an already UBER paranoid psycho. This show basically says they continually lied to Stalin, and each other. Then they started having meetings behind each others backs. Churchill was the worst of all of them in my mind.
Great show, how much truth there is to it, I have no idea. But, it was pretty convincing.
The only reason the Allies landed in 1944 was because they realized "HOLY SHIT" the Russians really are on their way to Berlin without us. They had to land, not to stop Hitler, but to stop the Soviets from taking all of Europe.
And the more I learn about Churchill the more I'm convinced he is solely responsible for the entire Cold War. Think about it. How the Allies carved up Europe in WWI caused WWII. And what the Allies did in at the end of WWII caused the cold war.
Ya, Stalin was looking for territory the whole time, but so was Churchill. Which isn't the image of Heroism we were all led to believe about Churchill, or any "Allied - Democratic" leader.
I don't think the Allies were ever worried about Germany.
Patton Was Right!