(pet peeve rant)
To anyone stating that the USA saved the world in WW2, please, please, please, go do some research. The role of russia, in WW2. The role of the UK in
WW2. The role of france in WW2..
Interesting facts. Taken from here - www.euronet.nl...
Population in 1939
Germany (including Austria) 76.008.000
Note, the US has almost three times as many people in 1939 as the US does.
Now, according to the BBC here - www.bbc.net.uk...
* Hitler invades Poland on 1 September. Britain and France declare war on Germany two days later.
Now, the US, obviously is biding their time on that whole saving the world thing.. They don't want to do it too early..
So they wait until Pearl harbor is attacked over TWO YEARS later to enter the war..
My biggest pet peeve as a Brit living in the US is the number of times I've had to hear "We saved your asses/the world in WW2!"..
It shows a remarkable ignorance of the major details of the war, including the fact that the war for the US started after everyone else had already
been throwing resources and lives away for two years.. almost like, if you had a cross country race, and had two runners going for 6 miles.. but one
of those swapped out for a fresh runner after the first two, that that was somehow not a factor in the outcome of the race. Not to mention the
Russians and their massive role in keeping Hitler penned up..
It was an allied victory. Unlike most of the Americans I talk to, the war to them wasn't an immediate thing - whereas to me, and my family, both my
grandparents, and all four of my mom's brothers fought in WW2.. My mom herself remembers bombs dropping as a toddler.. It was NOT an "American"
victory. America did not save the world. They helped win a war, but so did millions of NON-americans.
According Answers.com here - wiki.answers.com...
Deaths in ww2
United States 292,000 soldiers
Great Britain lost 264,000 soldiers and 60,000 civilians in bombing raids.
France lost 200,000 soldiers and 400,000 civilians.
The Soviet Union lost the most with 25 million deaths, but only about a third were combat related.
What's that? The ally that 'won the war' lost only 28,000 more soldiers than the tiny little country with a third of it's population?..
Yeah. I could go on, but then I'd just be ranting...