Friday, March 28, 2008

How Wars Are Won - The Wonders of Serendipity

For those of you who read my blog, you know that I periodically divert from the Arts to engage in other aspects of experience. An example:
During World War II, some rather curious events you may or may not have come across scurried across my inner blackboard.
The first I always get a kick out of; namely, when Operation Overlord took place on June 6, 1944, involving the greatest armada in Man's history, the Generals hesitated in informing Hitler of this unprecedented operation, as the tyrant almost always slept late and was never to be awakened, no matter what, including the Allies' mammoth landing in order to free Europe from the Nazi scourge - and no one dared to awaken him - difficult to imagine.
And on Dec. 16, 1944, about 200,000 German troops stormed out of the Ardennes(how could our intelligence have not noticed something??) in the largest military operation in the West by Hitler.
On this day, Dwight David Eisenhower was named a five-star general.
Also on this day, a General officer second only to Eisenhower, British General Bernard Law Montgomery applied for leave to spend Christmas in England, and happened to be on his way to an early golf game.
I promise to return to the relative sanity of the arts next time.

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