Yes I’m also reading the book guardedly. Some of these materials I’ve been reading have basically moved me to your position - that the whole truth is somewhere in between everything we get exposed to. But I’m no longer a Churchill or Roosevelt fan boy who thinks the allies all wore the white hats and the Axis only the black hats.
I tend to enjoy reading the memoirs of actual soldiers, whether they be on the Axis or Allied side, because they don’t seem to have any big political agenda - only to tell it like it was for them in their squad. In these you can actually read individual cases - from German soldiers on the East front who were kind to Russian civilians to Americans in Italy who raped and killed civilians.
As you can clearly read, I wrote that timeover will not response to this as a member.
You are right. And that merely reinforces my theory. After eight straight years of checking this thread, awaiting my response, he finally grew disillusioned and disappointed. So much so that he canceled his membership to this forum. 😞
Now, one could reasonably ask, “Why would he have been awaiting my response for eight straight years when I haven’t even been here that long?” Well you see, on some level he sensed that I should be here, and that I’d be showing up here sooner or later. He evidently felt that “sooner” was more likely than “later,” so that I could respond to his thread. Which, let the record reflect, I did. Eventually. Better late than never, right? 🙂
This topic will submerge like a Tanker hit by a German Submarine.
Ah, but like a Type XXI U-boat, this topic emerged after having been submerged eight straight years! 😮 Maybe it will submerge again, only to surface in another eight years. 😄
I looked up Chistopher Lee bio, as my wife and I saw he was in a low budget werewolf movie we started watching. I found his WW2 service, which I did not know before.
Service in World War IILee volunteered to fight for the Finnish forces during the Winter War against the Soviet Union in 1939; however, he along with other British volunteers were kept away from actual fighting, although he was issued winter gear and was posted on guard duty a safe distance from the frontlines. He went on to serve in the Royal Air Force and intelligence services during World War II, including serving as an Intelligence officer with the Long Range Desert Group. He trained in South Africa as a pilot, but eyesight problems forced him to drop out. He eventually ended up in North Africa as Cipher Officer for No. 260 Squadron RAF and was with it through Sicily and Italy. Additionally, he has mentioned (including in his audio commentary on the Lord of the Rings DVD) serving in Special Operations Executive. Lee retired from the RAF after the end of the war with the rank of Flight Lieutenant