Saturday, October 13, 2012

Keep Calm and Dig On

I got this new T Shirt from the Russell Rescue booth at the JRTCA National Trial. 

As I told the lady at the Russell Rescue booth, the original "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster was never produced, as it was to only be released if the Germans actually invaded the U.K. 

Since the Americans showed up with troops, tanks, guns, bombs, ships, and a nearly endless supply of airplanes, the German invasion of the U.K. never occurred.  Instead, the Americans and the Brits (with a little help from Canada, the free French, and the Australians), landed in Normandy and rewrote world history.

The video, below, tells the story of how the last sign from a war-time public relations campaign that was never lauched, surfaced more than 60 years later -- and hit the mark after the terrorist strikes following 9-11.


Tracy said...

How can I get one of those t-shirts? Thanks

Paul Hastings said...

A little help from those other countries...... American air of superiority right there Patrick. My grandfather lost a lot of good friends during the invasion of Juno beach. Every human life is sacred and to belittle the Canadians efforts that day is offensive. Too bad you Yanks didn't jump in 1939 when the war started , maybe there wouldn't have had to be a D day then eh? I'm not rewriting history, I am saying that belittling other nations efforts that day is offensive to me.

PBurns said...

I have been on Juno beach Paul, I and I am hardly belittling the Canadians. That said the simple fact is that Canada had no real navy, airforce, or capability to make airplanes and tanks and get them over to the U.K. and Europe.

And it still doesn't.

Canada also did not have the money to help pay for the Lend-Lease program before the war, or very much of the Anglo-American Loan after the war.

The simple truth is that the U.S. is simply bigger, more industrialized, with better rail transport and ports than Canada or anywhere else in the world. We have more iron, steel and manufacturing ability to produce more weapons and more transportation to move those weapons as well. That's true then, and it's true now.

Did Canadians serve bravely and admirably (along with the Free French, Australians, etc.)?

Absolutely, and I have said so.

But without the USA and its weapons, and the people, money, boats, airplanes, bombs, and leadership we supplied, folks in England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Belgium would be speaking German today. Yes, Canada sent brave bodies. But brave bodies alone only fill body bags in the kind of war that the Germans were waging until the Americans arrived.