Napalm the bocage! - Page 9




 
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December 20th, 2011  
BritinBritain
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by samneanderthal
. You seem to have a fascination for Hedgerows.
You are the one who brought up "hedgerows" in the first place when you wanted to napalm the crap out of them
December 20th, 2011  
Yossarian
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
You are the one who brought up "hedgerows" in the first place when you wanted to napalm the crap out of them

Were'nt flame thrower's deployed with the troups fighting there?

Even on vehicles and tanks?
December 20th, 2011  
BritinBritain
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lljadw
Trying to kill a German pilot who was leaving his aircraft above Germany/France (btw :the order was given not by Churchill,but by Dowding )was perfectly legal .Some one who is saying it was a crime,is talking nonsense.
Somehow I don't see Dowding giving such an order.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yossarian
Were'nt flame thrower's deployed with the troups fighting there?

Even on vehicles and tanks?
Yes there were, Churchill tanks were converted and called "Crocodiles," the fuel for the flame thrower was stored in a trailer towed behind the tank.
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December 20th, 2011  
Yossarian
 
 
Then there you go! Stuff was set on fire, does that wet your fancy?
December 20th, 2011  
LeEnfield
 
 
All this talk of of the 1929 Geneva Convention really was totally ignored by both sides on the whole. The German troops killed British Troops after they surrendered because they had killed their mates and held them up for a while. Allied aircrew were often killed after they had landed safely as the population looked upon them them as terror flyer's and there are many reports just after the war of them being killed by hanging or just beaten to death by the mob. Russian prisoners were allowed to starve to death as the Germans could or not not feed them and these figures ran into millions.
While retreating from Russia any German found smelling of petrol was shot on the spot as they were thought to have been burning the Russian peasants out during the retreat. Any one from the any of the SS Regiments were shot on sight as they were all held responsible for actions of the other sections of the SS. I knew men that had been captured at Arnhem who were marched all over Europe, they marched to their boots feel apart then they tied sacks around their feet, and any one that fell out was shot. What every one is forgetting is this this was bloody war which was fought to the bitter end with very little thought given to the Geneva Convention.
When the school I was attending was shot up a lot of children killed, the four German aircraft were hunted down across the skies of southern England and if a German pilot bailed out he did not reach the ground alive.
Yes I will agree that at time the Geneva Convention did come in to play and helped a lot of men, but that was the ones the Swiss Commission knew about.
December 21st, 2011  
Del Boy
 
From Le - the realities of war by someone who knows it because he lived it.
December 21st, 2011  
MontyB
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Del Boy
From Le - the realities of war by someone who knows it because he lived it.
While true not every ones experiences are the same and as such experience of an event only gives you a very small window of fact on a specific incident.

For example I have no doubt that from his end of the spectrum 4 German pilots shot up a school and I am certainly not going to argue that the event happened but it does not tell you the whole story to get that you need to know what the 4 pilots were thinking at the time of the event.

Far too much of history is taken from the perspective of the last man standing and not does provide accuracy as Bertrand Russell once said... War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
December 21st, 2011  
Del Boy
 
Truer perhaps then the histories created by the authors of the books, usually at distance.
December 21st, 2011  
MontyB
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Del Boy
Truer perhaps then the histories created by the authors of the books, usually at distance.
Not necessarily as time allows us to look at all sides with the impartiality of no emotional attachment of course that can also lead to revisionism however to a large degree even that is no less inaccurate than half a story.
December 21st, 2011  
84RFK
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by samneanderthal
What does a wildfire in the dry summer with continuous vegetation have in common with farmland separated by a few lines of trees in extremely wet weather?. The hedgerow trees represent less than 5% of the land or the farmers would starve.
Well you see, when you drop napalm on a target the napalm has a tendency to spread out over the area, it does not focus on incinerating the personell or vehicles that you intended to target in the first place like some kind of smart-bomb.

The amount of trees between the fields is of little importance, contrary to popular belief a forest fire rarely consumes the trunks of the trees, but rather branches, leaves, foliage, grass.....and off course crops.
 


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