Lost in History
Originally published on August 18th, 2010.
Lex is right (he still speaks to me through his words) – the 14th Army was the forgotten Army – and after reading Max Hasting’s wonderful book, Retribution About the last year of the Pacific War, Gen Slim and his Army was pretty much forgotten by Churchill. He devotes a good chapter to Slim and his 14th Army.
(Hastings has a companion book, Armeggedon about the last year of the European Theater, both highly recommended).
I like to ask my parents about WW2 – who lived though it – but they don’t like to talk about it. My mother, before she met my father, was engaged to a Marine flier who was killed in the Pacific.
To me WW2 was the cataclysmic event that still defines our world today.
It was posts such as this that made our dear, departed mentor so special. With a dozen lines of his own and even less of a quote from someone else and with a link or two for further enlightenment Lex could inspire others to create a 38 comment thread, weaving in personal and family experiences, numerous good book recommendations, a discussion on military leadership techniques and examples of their success or failure.
One could learn more about history, in a most enjoyable way, in a short time, through a visit with Lex and the Lexicans than through hours of TV or aimless reading of serendipitous books.
It was such a joy, and while there will be no new tales, the old ones are well worth re-reading. Again, I thank Kris and those who do the Daily Lex for recycling some education and pleasure for all who care to partake.
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