Scott Teeters, host of Far Out Radio interviews author and historian Frank Joseph. Frank Joseph is back with us. Frank’s passion is ancient history and he’s written extensively on the topic of ancient Atlantis, as well as World Wars I & II. He latest book is titled, “World War II Turning Points: The Secret Decisions, Forgotten Blunders and Cover-Ups That Really Determined Its Outcome”
Thanks to Hollywood and the narrative written by the victors, we have a very skewed view of what is arguably the biggest catastrophe to ever befall humanity. Thanks to the spin masters, we tend to think of the two wars are separate events, but they are not.
In the 1920s and 30s, what we call WW I, was called, “The Great War” because it was up to that point was the worst war, because it was the first time machines had been used on a mass scale with a viciousness never before seen. According to Wikipedia, the total casualties, both military and civilian were 37 million – that includes wounded as well as those killed in action.
There was no “winner” in the sense that one side was “defeated.” Both sides were exhausted and decided to stop. But the Treaty of Versailles treated Germany as the loser and thrust upon her reparations that would have taken until the 1980s to repay. What was done in reality was that the seeds had been sewn for part two – about 20 years later – just long enough for a new generation to come along and fight another rich man’s war.
So, WW II was in reality “The Great War, Part II.” Now, when the “story” of WW II is presented to the masses, there’s the usual sequence of events, with the presentation of the grand strategy that unfolded according to plan.
Warfare NEVER goes according to plan because PEOPLE are involved, mistakes are made, there are unexpected consequences – with both sides, back in their headquarters, CERTAIN that they are going to win! WW II wasn’t any different.
Frank Joseph’s new book, “World War II Turning Points” is described thusly on Amazon…
“World War II Turning Points is an alternative history of mankind's most crucial military struggle. As such, it does not regurgitate the same, all-too-familiar versions of the past, consistently repeated by mainstream scholars since 1945.
Instead, this unconventional revision, is the result of newly-discovered and often neglected information about the sometimes obscure men, bizarre weapons, under-appreciated decisions, forgotten blunders and near misses that really determined the course and outcome of the Second World War.”
It is all best summarized in the 1785 poem by Robert Burns, “To A Mouse” with the famous line, “The best laid schemes, of mice and men, often go awry.”
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