I fully understand the lack of desire of our youth to support the militaristic side of Poppy Day each November 11th.
However, I feel that much of the reason for this is that our Press never mentions why we had to go to war. There is no mention of the Central European Leader, whose territorial ambitions included the appropriation of the territories surrounding his Country, including the United Kingdom.
It is "Never" mentioned, to avoid hurting the feelings of this generation of that Central European Country, that his troops marched across Europe, killing and destroying as they went, and had it not been for the bravery of our people, helped by an assortment of others including the Americans, Australians, Indians and New Zealanders, to mention a few.
There would have been no need for an EEC as the whole of Europe would have been part of a single Nation.
We did not go to war as a jaunt, it was to stop the physical invasion of our Country by a Third Party.
I think that the Press is failing in its duty by not highlighting the reason for the World Wars.
"We did not go to war as a jaunt, it was to stop the physical invasion of our Country by a Third Party."
If you're talking about the First World War, arguments about who started it and why have raged ever since 1918.
If you meant the Second World War, Britain and France declared war on Germany two days after the German invasion of Poland. Hitler's direct threat to invade us came later, in 1940. Initially, he expected us to crumble when German troops swept across France. Only when Hitler saw our determination to continue the fight did he begin to talk about an invasion.
wee eddie you seem very shy of actually coming out with the name of the country you are talking about or it's leader.
I don't see why this should be. I assume you are on about Germany and Hitler. Mind you there were others at about the same time. Perhaps you have a very painful and personal history of such evel people and times. I hope that is not the case.
"The Third Reich envisaged the whole of Europe as its fiefdom. Poland was just the first step, not a single expedition."
Yes, but the reason we declared war was not because of any fear of invasion of our country. We did it because Poland was our ally.
In 1914 we went to war because Germany wanted us to ignore a treaty with Belgium and let the German Army pass through Belgium. On 4th August 1914 Germany ignored our protestations and attacked France via Belgium. The following day we were officially at war with Germany
But we're in a different world now from when major powers would just steal someones country and resources to increase their lot.
In both cases with Germany going to war, they were on the verge of European economic domination, our Empire was peaking, they didn't have to go to war. Once economic domination was achieved, they would be the major economic, industrial and political nation.