Started by Con, February 16, 2022, 11:30:36 AM
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Quote from: Uberhaus on February 16, 2022, 05:39:55 PMMMP has a historical ASL module for Manila going through the preorder stage. As for a holy .... military history moment, that would be learning that the Cheshire Regiment, a Territorial Unit had fought and beaten LSSAH at Wormhoudt during the defence of Dunkirk. This is quite a feat for reservists as the motherfuckers of 1SS have the best combat record of the Second World War. The Cheshire Regiment did produce 'Todger' Jones, VC, in the First World War, so maybe it shouldn't be so surprising. It is also a matter of personal pride as my grandfather was there, in the regiment's rear guard.The theme of the historical war should surprise everyone for no reason. In fact, the war is already a huge surprise. It shouldn't exist at all. I am very fond of history and do not like when I am asked to write about something at the same time at the university. For example, a week ago I was asked to write about black lives matter, I used https://studymoose.com/free-essays/black-lives-matter for this. Yes, of course the topic is very important. But I don't like it, I'd rather write about historical events. At least it will be interesting for me. History is an amazing subject.
Quote from: FarAway Sooner on March 25, 2022, 10:54:48 AM Great topic in the OP, Con! :bd:I lived in Manila for 18 months in the mid 90s, staying in the house of an American-born widow of a Filipino attorney who had spent the last 57 years of her life living in the Philippines. She was there (and white-skinned) during the Japanese conquest of Manila and the liberation of surrounding territories. Her house and compound (where they were already living) were one of the few structures for a mile in any direction that survived the fires. Tita Jessie never went into any details on that and I didn't think it appropriate to pry, but I suspect that the house being located on the Pasig River must have been one factor.She and her in-laws only spoken infrequently of that time period, but when they did, it was with a sense of solemnity and gravity I can only imagine. It was one of the most brutal and harrowing tales of WW II. It was every bit in a league with the Rape of Nanking, and also gave an indication to anybody who doubted that the behavior of much of the Japanese Army in WW II was profoundly vile.In terms of what surprised me the most, I was amazed to learn that, at the Battle of Midway, the Americans had 100+ planes more than the Japanese. I knew about some of the aged fighters that took off from Midway to get slaughtered along the way, but I had always believed that the Americans were outnumbered there. Far from it. I also didn't realize that the Japanese had sent a landing force that was outnumbered by the defenders on Midway by a ratio of 1-to-2, and that the Japanese had no historical experience and hardly any doctrine at all for conducting an opposed amphibious landing.