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  • Scott Fraser
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    Originally posted by Full Monty View Post
    Effectively it is to History what MTV is to Music these days! Not that I would know, having abandoned watching television years ago, but that's the impression I get.
    Your not missing a thing. Nowadays the Hit-or-miss-tery Channel has several genres: junk TV, alien TV, apocalypse TV, hillbilly TV and for two weeks in November, how Canada won the war. The only reliable information on television is from the Food Channel.

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    Scott Fraser
    Last edited by Scott Fraser; 16 Nov 13, 00:43.

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  • Full Monty
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    Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
    THC really is misnamed now. Years ago it was pretty good, but now it's about Pickers, pawn shops and trailer trash, and nazi space aliens.
    Effectively it is to History what MTV is to Music these days! Not that I would know, having abandoned watching television years ago, but that's the impression I get.

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  • Urban hermit
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    Originally posted by Scott Fraser View Post
    But he didn't! There's a whole series on the History Channel that discusses how Hitler planned on using alien technology in the next generation of Nazi weaponry.

    Gotta love the History Channel. Where would we be without it?

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    Scott Fraser
    THC really is misnamed now. Years ago it was pretty good, but now it's about Pickers, pawn shops and trailer trash, and nazi space aliens.

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  • Full Monty
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    Originally posted by Scott Fraser View Post
    But he didn't! There's a whole series on the History Channel that discusses how Hitler planned on using alien technology in the next generation of Nazi weaponry.

    Gotta love the History Channel. Where would we be without it?

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    Scott Fraser
    But that wasn't the 'Space Bats', it was the energy from the 'Black Sun' dimension that the Nazis learned to tap in to! Have you not played 'Wolfenstein' or heard of the OSA and their top agent B J Blaskowitz?

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  • Scott Fraser
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    Originally posted by Full Monty View Post
    .... perhaps Hitler's biggest mistake was spurning an alliance with the alien space bats!?
    But he didn't! There's a whole series on the History Channel that discusses how Hitler planned on using alien technology in the next generation of Nazi weaponry.

    Gotta love the History Channel. Where would we be without it?

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    Scott Fraser

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  • Full Monty
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    Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
    As the OP was started in the Alternative Timelines forum......
    .... perhaps Hitler's biggest mistake was spurning an alliance with the alien space bats!?

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  • Urban hermit
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    As the OP was started in the Alternative Timelines forum......

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  • Full Monty
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    Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
    Like starting new wars?
    Amongst other things. Politicians, especially in the current era, think only about the next election. Appearing to act decisively is far more important than the long-term consequences of those actions.

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  • Scott Fraser
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    Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
    Like starting new wars?
    Seems so, at least when they're not too busy stealing from the taxpayer.

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    Scott Fraser

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  • Urban hermit
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    Originally posted by Full Monty View Post
    Every bad history book is only a study in hindsight.



    They have more pressing concerns.
    Like starting new wars?

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  • Full Monty
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    Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
    Every history book is in fact a study in hindsight.
    Every bad history book is only a study in hindsight.

    Strange that few politicians ever learn from it.
    They have more pressing concerns.

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  • Urban hermit
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    Every history book is in fact a study in hindsight. Strange that few politicians ever learn from it.

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  • Full Monty
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    Originally posted by Scott Fraser View Post
    History is the discipline of hindsight.
    Originally posted by Urban Hermit
    In fact, I don't know how we can discuss any historical event and not use hindsight.
    There's a great quote at the end of the '..... Misconceptions' video I posted on the WW2 section - "Historians cannot predict the future, they can only predict the past."

    Hindsight can often tell us what was wrong, what mistakes were made, what the consequences were etc etc. What it can't tell us is why and that 'why' is the key to understanding. The problem is that the 'why' changes as new information emerges and doubt is cast on the provenance of 'old' sources. But that's why History is interesting.

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  • Scott Fraser
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    Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
    Great post, no arguing with your facts, but the question requires us to use hindsight. In fact, I don't know how we can discuss any historical event and not use hindsight.
    But maybe if Germany had employed more foresight.....
    History is the discipline of hindsight.

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    Scott Fraser

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  • Urban hermit
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    Originally posted by The Purist View Post
    Far too much hindsight and not nearly enough attention paid to the details of the campaign.

    -The infantry was being pushed, they were forcing their march ever day.
    - The French 1st Army in the Lille Pocket was tieing down most of the available infantry that might have been able to push towards the coast but even these were more than two day from Calais.
    - The Belgians had not surrendered by the time the German tanks reached the coast
    - German logistics were already strained. The Belgians had done a pretty good job of blowing the railway tunnels in eastern Belgium and this delayed the rail repair schedule while at the same time Germany was short of trucks (having drafted almost every available truck from the civilian economy).

    And in the end there is still no evidence to suggest, much less declare, that the British would be knocked out of the war because of the loss of most of the BEF.

    Since that claim is unsubstantiated the conduct of the Dunkirk battle cannot be called the greatest error.
    Great post, no arguing with your facts, but the question requires us to use hindsight. In fact, I don't know how we can discuss any historical event and not use hindsight.
    But maybe if Germany had employed more foresight.....

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