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June 6, 2020 was D-Day, Normandy + 76 years


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Of course, in a day of revisionism and anti-Westernism, it is sometimes said that this was not a decisive event for the course of WW2. It is pointed out that after Stalingrad and Kursk, Germany was on the retreat, never mind the huge disparity in casualties.

That’s true.

Instead, it was a Geostrategically decisive event for the course of C20 history, for it meant that the Iron Curtain ran through Germany rather than the English Channel.

And that’s a lot bigger than WW2. END

BR, neither France nor the UK were ready in 1939, and 1938 was far worse. It was 1942 before the UK could consistently defeat German armies in the field. As a comparison, see the scratch-built campaigns in Norway in 1940. KF kairosfocus
What is England and France had kept their word in regards to Poland. Anyone who invaded Poland would bring about war against them. Both the Soviets and Nazis invaded Poland at the same time. Germany spent 8 months after the blitzkrieg fortifying and Berlin could have been taken quickly. There were almost no troops between France and Berlin. Once Berlin was taken, they could have focused their combined strength to force the Soviets back to Russia. Almost all of Europe understood the threat from Stalin and a unified force could have been created to deal with Stalin. BobRyan
Which, is precisely what Hitler counted on. kairosfocus
What if the British and French had forced the Germans to withdraw from the Rhineland in 1936 rather than allowing the occupation to stand? Might Hitler have been toppled from power and WWII never started? Chamberlain's appeasement grew out of the same impulse as the Maginot Line. Having just gone through the bloodiest war in human history, most people were not keen to repeat the experience. Seversky
One of the more interesting “what ifs,” is what would have happened if Chamberlain instead of appeasing the Germans with his “peace for our time” non-aggression treaty, Britain and France had instead gone to war with the Nazis in 1938? Would the outcome been any different? Would we have viewed the war any differently? Suppose for example, Britain had attacked Germany and the resulting conflict resulted in 600,000 military and civilian deaths. That is a death count that historically has been considered horrific (for example that was the toll for the U.S. Civil War.) Nevertheless, 600,000 would have been a mere one hundredth of the deaths that resulted from world WW II. But if WW II had never been fought, how would we know that? The answer is that we wouldn’t nor we couldn’t. Ironically, the result would probably be that the Neville Chamberlain would still be vilified for having made the wrong decision. john_a_designer
" ... it meant that the Iron Curtain ran through Germany rather than the English Channel." Very insightful KF. And the following years and events closely following the war, such as the Berlin blockade and the Berlin Airlift solidified that boundary. These events and others, such as the Marshall Plan, have placed President Harry Truman towards the top of the long list of great presidents. ayearningforpublius
The USA didn't have a reason to enter the war earlier. We weren't even prepared for a War. ET
There are millions of ‘what ifs’ about the war. A big one for me is, what if the IS had entered the war earlier? Would there have been fewer casualties? Would the Holocaust have been averted? Would the iron curtain have been restricted to its original borders? Ed George
A couple of looks at D-Day https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2020/06/07/d-day-anniversary-rightly-couples-with-memorial-day-veterans-day-and-holocaust-remembrance-day/ https://thegirlwhoworefreedom.com/ https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2020/05/29/every-reason-to-fail-a-report/ ayearningforpublius
Perhaps it was decisive to keep the soviet army from reaching Lisbon a year later? jawa
June 6, 2020 was D-Day, Normandy + 76 years kairosfocus

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