Wanker is so outdated. We tend to go with cockwomble these days, old chap. Any cafe anywhere will do you eggs and beans. Don't miss the black pudding either. It's very traditional - just don't ask what's in it!
Hello everyone. Super hyped for our Eagles coming to play here in London. Anyone know if there will be an open training session that fans can attend? Also, if any fans are coming over and want a tour around London let me know!
Reference to saving us twice - UK were on brink of Hitler invasion in 1940 and US did nothing to enter the war and help their biggest ally
By the 1930's the US was hopelessly isolationist. The sting of losing so many soldiers in 'The Great War' or 'The War To End All Wars' as it was then called (before we knew we'd have to be numbering our great wars) was still fresh in the minds of Americans. Then there was the cost of financing the war, which threw the US into indebtedness that I think still has not yet been fully repaid. And this includes goods & services supplied to Her Majesties' armed forces. I'm certain the FDR administration recognized the tremendous threat posed by Hitler and his minions. After all, when the time came it was decided early on that Hitler & Germany would have to be defeated first, rather than Japan. But FDR was hand-cuffed by American sentiment against more 'foreign entanglements.' The American people had not yet developed a 'world view' of current events and so merry England was left to survive on her own, with help from the US whenever possible.
A few comments re: our help to the UK and others pre-1942: from Wikipedia
The rejection of the Treaty of Versailles during the Wilson administration marked the dominance of isolationism in American foreign policy. Despite Roosevelt's Wilsonian background, he and Secretary of State Cordell Hull acted with great care not to provoke isolationist sentiment. The isolationist movement was bolstered in the early to mid-1930s by Senator Gerald Nye and others who succeeded in their effort to stop the "merchants of death" in the U.S. from selling arms abroad. This effort took the form of the Neutrality Acts; the president asked for, but was refused, a provision to give him the discretion to allow the sale of arms to victims of aggression. In the interim, Italy under Benito Mussolini proceeded to overcome Ethiopia, and the Italians joined NSDAP Germany in supporting the General Francisco Franco and the Nationalist cause in the Spanish Civil War. Focused on domestic policy, Roosevelt largely acquiesced to Congress's non-interventionist policies in the early-to-mid 1930s. But when Japan invaded China in 1937, public opinion strongly favored China, and Roosevelt found various ways to assist that nation.
Under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, Germany annexed Austria in 1938, and Germany soon turned its attention to its eastern neighbors. Roosevelt made it clear that, in the event of German aggression against Czechoslovakia, the U.S. would remain neutral. After completion of the Munich Agreement and the execution of Kristallnacht, American public opinion turned against Germany, and Roosevelt began preparing for a possible war with Germany. Relying on an interventionist political coalition of Southern Democrats and business-oriented Republicans, Roosevelt oversaw the expansion U.S. airpower and war production capacity.
When World War II began in September 1939 with Germany's invasion of Poland and Britain and France's subsequent declaration of war upon Germany, Roosevelt sought ways to assist Britain and France militarily. Isolationist leaders like Charles Lindbergh and Senator William Borah successfully mobilized opposition to Roosevelt's proposed repeal of the Neutrality Act, but Roosevelt won Congressional approval of the sale of arms on a cash-and-carry basis. He also began a regular secret correspondence with Britain's First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, in September 1939 — the first of 1,700 letters and telegrams between them. Roosevelt forged a close personal relationship with Churchill, who became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in May 1940.
The Fall of France in June 1940 shocked American opinion, and isolationist sentiment declined. In July 1940, Roosevelt appointed two interventionist Republican leaders, Henry L. Stimson and Frank Knox, as Secretaries of War and the Navy, respectively. Both parties gave support to his plans for a rapid build-up of the American military, but the isolationists warned that Roosevelt would get the nation into an unnecessary war with Germany. In July 1940, a group of Congressmen introduced a bill that would authorize the nation's first peacetime draft, and with the support of the Roosevelt administration the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 passed in September. The size of the army would increase from 189,000 men at the end of 1939 to 1.4 million men in mid-1941. In September 1940, Roosevelt openly defied the Neutrality Acts by reaching the Destroyers for Bases Agreement, which, in exchange for military base rights in the British Caribbean Islands, gave 50 WWI American destroyers to Britain.
US only entered war when Pearl Harbour was attacked.
Yes, and there's a very convincing argument to be made that FDR and the American military allowed the Japanese to attack us there specifically for the purpose of galvanizing American sentiment against Japan as well as Germany. FDR asked congress for war against Japan and he got it. Hitler, ever the idiot, then declared war on the USA after having just invaded Soviet Russia six months earlier.
And the argument can be made that it was the Soviet push that turned the course of the war as Hitler struggled to fight on two fronts.
No one knows what might have happened had Hitler invaded England because it didn't happen. But there were a number of very good reasons why Hitler held off on the England invasion. Number one was: they lacked the aquatic vehicles necessary to carry out an invasion across the English Channel. They had no specialized invasion equipment, very few troop ships and absolutely _NO_ experience doing this. Besides, Hitler figured his Luftwaffe would bomb England into submission sooner or later. Hitler correctly deduced that the Soviets would be their 'Foe Of The Future' and Germany needed their 'Lebensraum' or 'living space' in order to expand according to his 'master plan.'
Now . . . a word or two on the Soviets: the Russians entered WW2 on the side of the NSDAPs. Stalin & Hitler agreed to the partition of Poland at the mid-point. So Stalin and the Russians sat there greedily awaiting the spoils they would realize as a result of any German aggression. It was only after Hitler turned on Stalin in June '41 that the Russians became an 'ally.' It was a grudging alliance . . . much like the old phrase: 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend.' But it was necessary at that time and place and so we supplied Soviet Russia with all kinds of supplies and logistical help.
The Russians were in a do-or-die situation against Germany so it's no surprise that they fought with such fervor & zeal.
The allies used this to their advantage knowing that any Russian losses would simply lessen any future attempts by communist Russia to exert their will over western Russia & Europe.