There are 3 WWII junkies with it a 10 ft radius in our department. There’s me, the TL across the hall, and the guy caddy corner across the hall.
Today’s topic, Axis Sally, Tokyo Rose and the T-34. Oh Yeah, and Lord Haw Haw.
Now, I am a buff, but can’t remember names. I have started watching the documentaries over and over again, in order to remember all of the battle names, all the Machinery names and all of the major player names. I can remember Sherman and Eisenhower, but there’s Montgomery and another fella that I can’t remember right now.
I can remember some of the planes: The Zero, the B-25, the Manchester, Lancaster, Spit Fire and Hurricane. I know that the American planes had Rolls Royce engines in them and that I can recognize the sound from inside our house. (There’s an air field that has several of the planes and I see them often) I will still run out of the house and wave like the small town bumpkin I am. And yes, I do that for helicopters, too.
I know a lot about the blitz and the longest day. I know that the big reason why the Germans didn’t win the battle for Britain is because they didn’t realise that what the Radar towers meant. Papa said that this was because radar was such a new technology and people just didn’t know a lot about it.
Both guys are in their early 50’s. They are surprised about two things. One, that someone of my generation is interested;and two, that it’s a woman. They’ve asked me why I am such a fan. It’s simple. We can’t let that happen again. We just can’t. But we do, so I remember the generation that did for me what I would do for the children of this world, and their children, too.
Exterminating someone because of race, color or religion goes against everything I believe in. Killing, just for killing sake. That’s what Hitler did. Oh sure, there was the power, but it was killing for killing sake. For heavens sake, he was 1/2 Jewish. He was trying to kill his father, I figure, because he ran off and left when Hitler was quite young. I guess if he exterminated all the Jews, he would get him eventually.
I needed talk about. It’s important not to forget. I don’t think people are, but we’re getting further away. 1000 WWII vets die every day. Someone has to keep the memory alive, to tap people on the shoulder and say… don’t forget, now.
And for my generation, that’s me.
And for today, that’s you too. Remember, and never forget. We can’t afford the consequences of forgetting.
© ‘Fizz’ 2009