Thursday, April 30, 2009

What did you do in the war, comrade? Most of it, actually.

The English historian Norman Davies, who has a new book to promote, offers an essay in The Times designed to provoke anyone still complacently assuming responsibility for winning the Second World War should be contested for by the British and the Americans.

There's a detail from The Historical Atlas of Canada (Vol III, Plate 47) that links casualties to forces engaged (not yet available at their online site). The Soviets, Germans and Japanese "win" that grim contest by a long long way, but it's startling how high Canada ranks among the others. Ahead of the Americans, the French, and the Italians, f'rinstance.
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