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This is the way it should be seen not as some sanitized day at the beach.
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The French are pissed
about their minor role in 'Dunkirk'
The French are furious over a new historical movie that, they say, diminishes their country's role in a World War II evacuation.
"Dunkirk," the Christopher Nolan-directed film that hit theaters last week, shows a "scathing rudeness [and] deplorable indifference" toward France for its role in the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940, said a blistering review in the French newspaper Le Monde.
"Where in the film are the 120,000 French soldiers who were also evacuated from Dunkirk?" critic Jacques Mandelbaum wrote. "Where are the 40,000 who sacrificed themselves to defend the city against a superior enemy in weaponry and numbers?"
For the home crowd -- France does need to make its own version.
...go in for the kill at
By later summer 1944, Allied troops advancing from the beaches of Normandy, and troops advancing up from Italy, through eastern France had effectively outdistanced their support and supply lines. Troops were ordered to stop. Advancing tank divisions were starved of gasoline. All so that that infrastructure and supply lines could be expanded. At the same time, the Germans were in full retreat and had broken ranks. After the war it was determined that if the Allies had made a concerted effort to continue, they could have reached Berlin by December. Instead, the Germans fell back, gaining time to regroup in Holland, and western Germany. By fall German reinforcements started to arrive, and they were able to repel Allied advances through norther Holland. By Winter they were able to launch a full counter attack.
My understanding of Dunkirk is Hitler thought by "giving a sporting chance" the Brits would be more willing to accept a German peace, with King Edward VII reinstalled as a puppet monarch. There was a sizable contingent within UK aristocracy and various political parties who favored a peace with Germany, and quietly agreed with German views regarding specific ethnic groups. The Battle of Britain and the Blitz changed a lot minds and created a stiff resolve to defeat the Hun at all costs.
William L. Shirer book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, claims that Hitler did give the order to halt. Shirer is considered an expert on the subject.
the Germans were spread thin both on the ground and in the air.
You know, to stay sharp...
He played the harmonica and was good with kids and dogs.
"To Learn Who Rules Over You, Simply Find Out Who You Are Not Allowed to Criticize."
Franz Liebekind: You know, not many people knew it, but the Fuhrer was a terrific dancer.
Max: Really, I never dreamed that...
Franz Liebekind: That is because that you were taken in by that verdammte Allied propaganda! Such filthy lies! They told lies! But nobody ever said a bad word about Winston Churchill, did they? No! 'Win with Winnie!' Churchill! With his cigars. With his brandy. And his rotten painting, rotten! Hitler - there was a painter! He could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon! Two Coats! Churchill. He couldn't even say 'Nazi'. He would say 'Noooo-zeeehz, Nooooooooooooo-zeeehz!' It wasn't Noses! It was Nazis! Churchill!...Let me tell you this! And you're hearing this straight from the horse. Hitler was better looking than Churchill. He was a better dresser than Churchill. He had more hair! He told funnier jokes! And he could dance the pants off of Churchill!...Churchill!
God Bless Mel Brooks.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
The following video explains the true heroes of Dunkirk were the French Army not the Tommies from Dover. They held off the Germans for days so the Brits could await any form of ship to ferry them away.
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experienced by both sides. The Germans just couldn't get it together during this ten day period.
Obviously, Nolan's film was made for the "home crowd".
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