Friday, May 09, 2008

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"...and then the Rabbi says..."

May 9, this is the official day to celebrate Victory in WWII if you live in Eastern Europe. As I've explained yesterday and the day before the Russians had called for a second signing of the document of surrender of German forces, to be carried out in Berlin on May 8.

This took place in the suburb of Karlshorst, where you can today find the Russian-German museum (which I visited in September 2007)

This time it was Field marshal Keitel, head of the the German Armed Forces, who had the daunting task of accepting a German military defeat.
Both him and his colleague, Jodl , would later be trialed at Nuremberg and hanged for their co-operation with the Nazi regime.

The signing took place shortly before midnight on May 8, and due to the time-zone differences between Berlin and Moscow the official day for the Russian celebration of Victory in the Great Patriotic War has since been May 9.



But what's happening here, Lennard???...usually you devote line after line on this day to celebrate the Red Army's victory over the Hitlerite murderers???...and the sacrifice and bravery of the Russian people...what's going on??!?!!..

Reading George Orwell's essays on patriotism and the Left made me realise I was just one of those soppy middle class kids who couldn't find patriotism for my own country and instead developed patriotic feelings for Russia!


I am now liberated from Communist influence and the mythology of The Great Patriotic War!


(and I can even join those of my countrymen who today have patriotic feelings for the USA!)


Bye, bye, WWII...

what a bloody mess.


(Band playing military marches)

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Retro babe "...You said it, bud..."
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Panzer Panther, Ausf G
Photographed in Holland in the summer of 1945.
An early production Ausf G with Zimmerit anti-magnetic coating, no crew compartment heater and no flame dampers on the exhaust pipes.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

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