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Re: “In the news: No country for the poor or immigrant


Isn't "illegal alien" Navajo for "white people?" I read that in a Tony Hillerman novel.

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Posted by theBMC1 on 06/19/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Virgil, quick come see

Thank you for your kind offer to view your library, however, I have relocated out of State. I will try to share my thoughts from time to time as I continue to read the AT. My unkind remarks toward Eisenhower have come about from visiting my wife's Italian grandparents ancestral home in Italy ,Sant Ambrogio on the Garligliano. It, along with Monte Cassino, was mercilessly obliterated during the winter of '43. While I surveyed the Liri Valley and read about the short comings of Clarke, I became somewhat embittered with both him and Ike. I also found myself, as far as the war in Italy is concerned, a "regional" pacifist. Strange feelings indeed for a retired Navy enlisted. Take care!

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Posted by theBMC1 on 06/10/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Virgil, quick come see

That should have been scathing and not skating in my post above

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Posted by theBMC1 on 06/09/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Virgil, quick come see

Steve, the book on Anzio is Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome
D'Este, Carlo.

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Posted by theBMC1 on 06/08/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Virgil, quick come see

Steve, A good account giving compelling evidence of Mark Clarke's ineptness and Ike's failure to recognize it is in Crossing the Rapido: A Tragedy of World War II by Duane Schultz. I will try to locate another book that gives a skating account of both men concerning Anzio.

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Posted by theBMC1 on 06/08/2017 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Virgil, quick come see

I am repeating what many WWII veterans passed on to me about Ike and WWII. Ike's popularity was not as great as Ambrose would have us believe Specifically, Ike's failures (and no tactical wonders) were listed by Lidell-Hart. According to a recent article in America in WWII, a great number of historians are of the opinion that Ike's little boy, i.e, Mark Clark, was at best a mediocre general who sacrificed the Texas national guard during their ill fated charge across the Gari (I'll have to refer the books later on). In my limited investigation, I have yet to find a military institution that studies battle tactics of Ike and Clark is used as an example of what not to do. On the other hand, there are many studies about
Caesar, Napoleon, Lee, MacArthur, Rommel, Kurt Student, etc. Lidellhart laid a great deal of criticism about Ike's (and Monte's) failure to press for an advantage early after the Bocage breakout and seal off the German army - according to lidellhart, Berlin was wide open between France and Germany. I can give you more, Stephen, if you wish. You are probably the only one interested in reading this, so it won't bother me if you wish more. Take care!

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Posted by theBMC1 on 06/08/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Virgil, quick come see

Not really, ...all you did was tell me what he was, not what he did.

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Posted by theBMC1 on 06/07/2017 at 6:48 PM

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