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Thread #92100   Message #1756906
Posted By: Little Hawk
10-Jun-06 - 03:51 PM
Thread Name: BS: I met a real war hero
Subject: RE: BS: I met a real war hero
My father was in the war. He drove a tank from the Normandy beachhead until the fall of Germany, and was in a lot of combat. Although he did feel at the time that the Germans had to be defeated, and he was entirely willing to assist in accomplishing that, his general comment about war, based on what he saw and experienced was that it is the stupidest thing people can possibly engage in, and is a total waste of lives, material, and human brilliance. He hated it.

Heroes? Well, they were either all heroes or none of them were. That includes the young Germans who defended the beachhead and died there and the young Americans, Canadians, Britons, French, Poles, and others who assaulted the beachhead. All heroes. Politics be damned. They all had to face the same desperate circumstances as best they could, and live or die as fortune played itself out upon them.