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lynnejohn wrote:Interesting article and thoughtful observations. As he says "hike your own hike".
cilento wrote:In response to the author's historical accuracy, Caminando made a statement about the role of the American forces in France that I cannot let go.
Caminando's assertion, however, seems historically inaccurate to me. Perhaps I'm sensitive to his attempt to minimize America's role in liberating France because I had 2 uncles who landed in Normandy during the invasion. I don't believe Saving Private Ryan has anything to do with Americans' perceptions that our role in France's liberation also involved a herculean effort: it is simply historical fact.
In the article, the author is not questioning or minimizing Britain's role, however, for Caminando to question his historical accuracy for stating that the US liberated France and to imply that Americans have a glorified version of the efforts of their countrymen is ridiculous.
In the invasion alone, Operation Overlord, the casualties speak volumes about America's role in the conflict:
The Allied forces suffered 36,976 killed, 153,475 wounded and 19,221 missing. Split between the Army-Groups; the Anglo-Canadian Army-Group suffered 16,138 killed, 58,594 wounded and 9,093 missing for a total of 83,825 casualties. The American Army-Group suffered 20,838 killed, 94,881 wounded and 10,128 missing for a total of 125,847 casualties.
Sorry for the rant. Like I said, I just couldn't let it go.
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