The Germans may not have been able to listen to jazz, but I imagine the Italians could, after all Mussolini was a jazz musician at one stageCan't help wondering whether the drug habit caused the war, or shortened it - I guess depends on how much and when. Hitler attacking Russia was a bonkers move.
Oh, and you can bring in sex.....penicillin was developed and came into use in the latter part of WW2 - and a lot was used curing Allied troops of venereal disease. The Nazis didn't have it...
And not Rock and Roll - but jazz - the Nazis banned it as degenerate music. Germans couldn't listen to it or play it, but the Nazis didn't care about the countries they'd conquered and there was a thriving jazz scene in Paris in WW2. (Source of that - documentary called Tunes for Tyrants which is worth watching.)
We watched the Tunes for Tyrants a bit at a time, don't recall anything on Mussolini. Saying that, it's interesting how Hitler eclipses Mussolini in terms of how much attention paid in the UK. Also, while the Italian government was allied with Hitler's I have no idea whether the Italians had the same Master Race obsession. I do recall though, that there is a film I watched some time back on an Italian Catholic priest who ran an underground getting Italian Jews to safety, and at the end of the film, there was text showing how the percentage of Jews rescued in Italy was far higher than in the rest of Europe.The Germans may not have been able to listen to jazz, but I imagine the Italians could, after all Mussolini was a jazz musician at one stage
Yeah... They prevailed. Like in the road of Raate....they attacked Finland a few years later. The much smaller Finnish army inflicted some serious damage and causalities on them. The Red Army prevailed but...
Maybe you should read about it.I wonder about this. If true...
A friend of mine is in a fallschirmjäger re-enactment group and he said at displays they sometimes let members of the public try out the gear, anyway at one event the groups ‘expert’ was laying down the law over how things were worn etc. (Every group has them, I knew a couple in the Sealed Knot) when this pensioner who had joined the unit for the day and had been dressed up in the uniform told him he was talking rubbish, or words to that effect, turns out he had been captured at Monte Cassino at had ended up as a POW in the UK and never went home.In answer to the original post I'd echo some that WWII represented the biggest single global power reshuffle up to date. And in relatively modern times. We in UK have been lucky for the last 70 years. While large swathes of the planet have continued dealing with the fall out from WWII, we've enjoyed our sheltered geographical location. I think these things produce a curious fascination with war.
Every year hundreds of individuals and entire families dress up in military uniforms and civilian costumes and invade a small rural area near me. They wander about for two days and return to their modern lives. I have mixed feelings about it. I know war veterans who are thoroughly against it. Some say it's a bit of fun. Makes me a bit uncomfortable. One group dressed as German Paratroopers 'attacked' another group at a railway station. It turned into a real fight. All seems a bit weird. Make love etc.
I don’t know what it was like in ECWS but in the Knot when Parliament started wear their New Model Army redcoats it made it a little boring to see. I missed the different colours.Well that is someone you sit down and interview for posterity.
I saw "somewhere" that exactly what was carried and when is already being lost for all countries' militaries in WW2 because records weren't all kept - as in model of water bottle issued, style of boot, etc, etc. And often it wasn't quite as standardised as you might expect depending on how different factories did stuff, older kit being re-used etc.
I know it's a lot earlier, but the English Civil War period - they used stuff from government and private armouries and it could be Elizabethan or earlier. With commanders of a regiment paying for the outfitting, it got pretty mixed. (And there was the joy of having the same colour coats in opposing regiments - woad blue being popular because it was cheap leading to field signs - as in identifier assumed for the day - coloured rag round your arm or whatever.)
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