Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Some facts on world wars have been forgotten

ONE minute it's the continuing First World War commemorations, the next it's the anniversary of D-Day and the Second World War. When will it stop?

To celebrate heroic fighting is one thing, but war itself should never be celebrated. Neither should those who took us there.

It is interesting to see how certain people are trying to rewrite history, especially WWI. After all, history is written by the victors.

So let me just fill your readers in on a few facts about D-Day. Winston Churchill was against it, for a start. He was far more interested in holding on to the empire and especially trade routes to India via the Mediterranean Sea.

That's why, between Dunkirk (1940) and D-Day (1944), Britain barely engaged the German military on land at all. Russia, in effect, won the Second World War by sacrificing millions of troops.

Stalin urged the allies to open a Western front years earlier; it was only when President Roosevelt agreed (and Churchill was outvoted) that D-Day went ahead.

Also, I hear it said that D-Day led to decades of peace. Tell that to the Vietnamese, Koreans, Iraqis, Afghans, Libyans, Panamanians, Palestinians and Nicaraguans.

COLIN CRILLY

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