Happy Remembrance Day, okay, maybe the word “happy” doesn’t belong there.
The history channel is showing documentary after documentary about WW1 and WW2.
What do we know about WW2? We know that Hitler was a maniac. The German war machine was a truly terrifying force. They invaded Poland and Winston Churchill said, “No, no, no. You can’t do this, Mr. Hitler.” The United Kingdom declared war on Germany and then it all kicked off!
Operation Sealion was Hitler’s plan to invade Great Britain from the south coast. If this operation was to be a success, then you could pretty safely say that the Nazis probably would have won the war, and we’d all be “sprechen ze Duetche” and drinking beer and eating sausage all day!
But the British held on. The Battle Of Britain, and the British victory of it, was the turning point of the war, and it was the start of the German decline. Brave young men piloting their Hurricanes and Spitfires fended off the superior German planes, and the British gained the upper hand.
Meanwhile, the Australian soldiers were in North Africa waging guerrilla warfare against the vastly better equipped Nazis. The Australian soldiers were called the “Rats of Tobruk” by the Germans. In typical Aussie fashion, our soldiers adopted the name with glee! They waited until nighttime, then sneaked up on the sleeping German positions to steal bits and pieces of equipment and destroy tanks and things, only to scurry off like rats back to their positions. German general, Erwin Rommel, famously wrote to Hitler, “Give me a battalion of Australian soldiers, and I’ll win this war for you!”
Well, that’s it really. WW2 is one of the most interesting things in history to study, so, go do that!