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Re: Since I've inadvertantly kicked the hornet's nest
What a convenient way to forget the rape and pillage of Belgium and Northern France that the German Military were responsible for at the onset of WW1, forgotten by all it would seem. Belgians and French starved at the hands of the German Military when it swept through following its initial successes, until stopped by the much maligned Tommy. Mr Showell is showing complete imbalance and lack of forensic discussion, it would seem.
Just thought I'd make a point of clarification: I don't disagree with the author's statement that Versailles was, retrospectively, unjust and unfair. What IS incredibly irritating, is the emotionally manipulative manner in which he goes about doing so. Here are a couple of sentences where he discusses the allied occupation of Germany after WWI:
"The victorious Allies cowered in the shadows and did very little or nothing to stem the increase of ethnic violence throughout the new states which they had created."
"They did not shy away from using their guns against starving Germans who could only watch when the food and goods they had produced were taken away. In view of this cruelty, it was thought highly likely that this army of occupation would return, to confiscate any military violations of the Versailles "Treaty," the peace 'treaty' that the Germans were forced to sign at the end of the First World War."
Mr. Showall described the firebombing of Germany and the Red Army's atrocities in much the same language in "Hitler's Wonder U-boats," while never once mentioning any of Nazi Germany's atrocities. The man obviously has an ax to grind. Regardless of his tone, these digressions are out of place. Imagine reading a detailed, clinical examination of F-4 Phantom operations in Southeast Asia and repeatedly stumbling across emotional tirades about Vietcong atrocities and the anti-war movement. Same vibe.
Writing serious military history requires some level of clinical detachment that a lot of people might find distasteful. This author simply lacks that ability.
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