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May 12, '13
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I watched an interesting film called ‘Enigma’ on TV which at first I struggled with as soon as I saw the first loud mouthed Yank barking out about how inept the Bletchley Park Special Operations Team were, but my partner made me persevere, and I was glad I did.

The film was a contrivance of intrigue, romance and spy catcher, and it cleverly mingled truth and facts as the story unfolded. One pure piece of fiction, even deception was how the Yanks discovered and secured the enigma machine in U57. This machine was a highly complex device to code German messages relaid whereby this discovery shortened the war massively and saved countless allied lives. Oh yes! One minor detail, it wasn’t the Yanks at all, it is was us poor incompetent Brits and service personnel that survive to this day that were forced to endure the travesty of Hollywood’s version of events in the film.

An interesting aside was the film implied the United States may think twice about sending aid to Russia as the perpetrators of the massacre of hundreds of Polish Officers that could easily be ancestors of immigrants that were now US citizens. Albeit with the interesting omission that for decades after the war, this massacre was a Nazi war crime, yet autopsied reveal it highlights the savagery of Russian occupation of half of Poland in September 1939. Further extennding the mystery as to why we chose to embark upon a war against Germany at the exclusion of Russia’s invasion; all a bit puzzling if we felt so passionately for the freedom of the Poles, why did we not declare war on Russia as well?

US Bomber Command 1944

Woodsman pub near Nuthampstead. England.

Externally, just at the entrance of the thatched pub is a fairly large, stone memorial to the US Flyers that had been stationed at the adjacent airfield from May 1944, to April 1945. Engraved upon its face was the awful statistic that in that short time they lost 56 bombers all manned by a crew of some ten or more men. Plus, there must have been individual casualties on damaged aircraft that were fortunate enough to make it back to base with dead or injured crewmen on board.

The bravery of these men can never be realised, even after looking at photographs in the pub, of returned aircraft with massive structural damage to their craft. One picture stood out as being almost totally incredible if it were not for the fact that in those days, the camera never lied. The whole front of the B52 had simply gone and as it had been torn from the aircraft so violently it had also taken the floor just in front of the foot pedals of both pilot and co-pilot, so how on earth this craft got back to based I will never know, but the photograph was its testament. As for the bomb aimer and gunner to the front his exit must have been explosive and hopefully instant, yet the aircraft showed no evidence of other casualties other than the fact that it had defied all logic in achieving its return. Their human loss and personal courage is immortal and their individual sacrifice offered up by so many, was total.

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This Inn was located just outside the perimeter of this US base and must have thundered to the raucous joy of airmen trying to relax and forget. And now it expelled an air of import and upon entry, it afforded abundant evidence of its pedigree that struck deep in my heart with remorse.

The pub was decorated with plaques and memorabilia, including pictures of the airmen at leisure, drinking perhaps their last English ale in the bar where I stood. Within and without the structure, there was a silence that was thunderous; it was a tangible sound like a humming that I thought was going to keep me awake, but thankfully not. In that strange silence I pondered inner doubts on the all embracing world police force called America. Resigning myself that international policy, if sometimes disagreeable, does not detract, or devalue the effort and bravery of its fighting forces, which sometimes misguided and all too often abused, enforced democracy and conducted themselves with great dignity, bravery and resolve.

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‘Lest we forget’.

Definition of Utility knickers :-It is commonly accepted that war initiates some world changing inventions and as such, the invention of ‘utility knickers’ brought about a circumstance where it only took one ‘Yank’ and they would be pulled down!

Incidental, Heinkel were still taking delivery of engine parts (ball bearings) from an American provider, until 1942 and after the attack on Pearl Harbour.

Obviously honouring a contract even though they were bombing ★★★★ out of our cities and people for three years.

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War Plan Red.

The need for Amewrican expansionism took an almost unbeliebable turn in the 1930's but believe it or not America made plans to launch a war against the United Kingdom by at first invading Canada, then launching massive bombing raids on British industrial interests. Then inflicting a naval blockade to prevent resupply and normal imperial activity, this plan included the potential use of . Chemical weapons and Six million troops fighting on the Eastern seaboard. This wasn't a crazy Nazi plan. It was the United States' strategy to destroy Britain as a world superpower. It was very real. Its name was War Plan Red. Developed during the 1920s, it was approved by the US Secretary of War and the Secretary of Navy in May 1930. In fact, it was active until Hitler decided to invade Poland with his bloody pal Stalin.

The plan wasn't declassified until 1974. Now, a new documentary by Channel 5 America's Planned War On Britain: Revealed how this plan alongside other strategic plans that called for war against Mexico (War Plan Green), Japan (Orange), China (Yellow) and even domestic uprising (White).

Unlike the other color-coded plans, however, the US Congress approved $57 million for War Plan Red. This money was used to build three military airfields disguised as civilian airports on the Canadian border, which would be used to launch pre-emptive surprise strikes against Canadian air forces and defenses.

The plan also included a detailed land invasion strategy—devised with the help of transatlantic flight hero Charles Lindbergh—the bombing of industries in Canada, the use of chemical weapons—which was designed by Army General Douglas MacArthur himself—and a naval blockade that would have kept the British Navy out of the conflict.

The objective of War Plan Red was to neutralize Britain as a worldwide imperial power, blocking their trading routes. The US government truly believed that the war with the British was possible, even after they briefly fought as allies during World War I. The US population wasn't very fond of their former 1776 oppressors either. This was the time of the Great Depression and, after WWI, Britain owed the United States $14 billion. As a result of the dramatic economic situation, the anti-British sentiment in the US was quite strong at the time.

Fortunately—and unfortunately—a crazy dude by the name of Adolf Hitler decided to declare war on the world, and the US became best pals with the Brits shortly thereafter—even while they still hated each other. A little bit. On the inside. Especially Patton and Eisenhower, actually, who couldn't stand that snotty good-for-nothing Field Marshal that was Monty. Not as much as they hated the Germans, though. Or the French, for that matter.

Definition of Utility knickers :-It is commonly accepted that war initiates some world changing inventions and as such, the invention of ‘utility knickers’ brought about a circumstance where it only took one ‘Yank’ and they would be pulled down!

Incidental, Heinkel were still taking delivery of engine parts (ball bearings) from an American provider, until 1942 and after the attack on Pearl Harbour.

Obviously honouring a contract even though they were bombing ★★★★ out of our cities and people for three years.

War Plan Red.

The need for Amewrican expansionism took an almost unbeliebable turn in the 1930's but believe it or not America made plans to launch a war against the United Kingdom by at first invading Canada, then launching massive bombing raids on British industrial interests. Then inflicting a naval blockade to prevent resupply and normal imperial activity, this plan included the potential use of . Chemical weapons and Six million troops fighting on the Eastern seaboard. This wasn't a crazy Nazi plan. It was the United States' strategy to destroy Britain as a world superpower. It was very real. Its name was War Plan Red. Developed during the 1920s, it was approved by the US Secretary of War and the Secretary of Navy in May 1930. In fact, it was active until Hitler decided to invade Poland with his bloody pal Stalin.

The plan wasn't declassified until 1974. Now, a new documentary by Channel 5 America's Planned War On Britain: Revealed how this plan alongside other strategic plans that called for war against Mexico (War Plan Green), Japan (Orange), China (Yellow) and even domestic uprising (White).

Unlike the other color-coded plans, however, the US Congress approved $57 million for War Plan Red. This money was used to build three military airfields disguised as civilian airports on the Canadian border, which would be used to launch pre-emptive surprise strikes against Canadian air forces and defenses.

The plan also included a detailed land invasion strategy—devised with the help of transatlantic flight hero Charles Lindbergh—the bombing of industries in Canada, the use of chemical weapons—which was designed by Army General Douglas MacArthur himself—and a naval blockade that would have kept the British Navy out of the conflict.

The objective of War Plan Red was to neutralize Britain as a worldwide imperial power, blocking their trading routes. The US government truly believed that the war with the British was possible, even after they briefly fought as allies during World War I. The US population wasn't very fond of their former 1776 oppressors either. This was the time of the Great Depression and, after WWI, Britain owed the United States $14 billion. As a result of the dramatic economic situation, the anti-British sentiment in the US was quite strong at the time.

Fortunately—and unfortunately—a crazy dude by the name of Adolf Hitler decided to declare war on the world, and the US became best pals with the Brits shortly thereafter—even while they still hated each other. A little bit. On the inside. Especially Patton and Eisenhower, actually, who couldn't stand that snotty good-for-nothing Field Marshal that was Monty. Not as much as they hated the Germans, though. Or the French, for that matter.

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