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WW2NewsLette Vol# 2 No 2

WW2NewsLette Vol# 2 No 2

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September 23, 2010, Volume # 2 No. 2
Jonathan E. Gumz,Ph.D
Our program of September21, 2010, a lecture entitled"Rethinking D-Day and itsConsequences" was very thoughtprovoking. Prior to the lecture weheard an audio recording of thefamous Prayer read by PresidentRoosevelt the evening of the D-Dayinvasion. No doubt the majority ofthe audience anticipated adiscussion of the invasion plans,the events of June 6, 1944, thecasualties on the beaches,especially Omaha beach and thesurrounding areas and the heroicsof the American soldiers. [sort of areplay of
The Longest Day] 
Insteadwe heard a well thought outscholarly presentation of the overall strategic impact of the D-Dayinvasion in the context of the entireEuropean war. Citing voluminousand unimpeachable statistics of theRussian and German casualties,and the condition of the Germanarmy which was in serious declinein mid 1944, Professor Gumzargued that D-Day, as a battle, wasmerely one additional event, whichplaced in perspective, and viewedagainst this background, the D-Dayinvasion was relatively insignificant.The nature of ProfessorGumz's viewpoint has promptedour Moderator to take the unusualstep of quoting herein a part of hisletter of thanks which he sent toProfessor Gumz, dealing with thethe importance of D-Day in the totalcontext of the war:"Your remarksput me in mind of thelast linein
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[paraphrased] "When the facts conflictwiththemyth,go with  theMyth". Visit theAmerican cemeteriesinFrance.I have seen  most all of them myself including World War I. Gazeat the longlines ofcrossesand Starsof David,the immaculatepark-like appearance, thestone and marble chapels all paid for and maintained bythe Americantaxpayers.Compare this with the meagerremembrancesof thewar dead byour alliesand enemies especiallythe Russians, and onewouldsurelyget the impression, if monuments alone accurately represented thecontribution of the soldiers thatparticipated at that location,thatthe American contribution was the most important factor in thewar. Such is,of course,far from the truth asyouablydemonstrated last evening.As unsettling as it is forus to think of it,t
he Americanremembrances merely represent the power of money,influence and the Tom Brokows of theworld."
Upcoming Events
Thomas Fleming, author of over40 books has written only onedevoted to World War 2, but it isan outstanding award winningcontribution,
The New Dealers' War-F.D.R. and the War Within World War II 
. Mr. Fleming willappear at the Book Club onTuesday October 19, same timeand place. We urge you to readthis book before the lecture toobtain the most pleasure fromthe lecture. Most libraries haveit, and it can be purchased forunder five dollars on the web.Anyone wishing to purchase thebook, we recommend you lookat AbeBooks.com which has asubstantial number available.This book relates in fascinatingdetail all the behind the scenesdealings in the Rooseveltadministration during the war,and the political and military

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