This is but one person's opinion on this War series. I believe far more can be learned about the war when taken from an individual's perspective, namely what he or she actually encountered during the war years. So many millions were affected in so many different ways, and on so many levels. How many stories can be told? This really does only scratch the surface, but I am enjoying the series.
Insular is a good word to describe this series. Parochial is another. Typical Mainstream American attitude is probably best.
This year I was invited to provide the liaison for the reenactor community and the State of Minnesota for their dedication of the WWII memorial. Yes it’s took them 62 years to get their act together for this. First meeting I went to I was told “We don’t want any Germans to come” which is fair. I asked if they wanted any Allies. “No this is a purely American affair” and went on to tell me “…you have to understand is the war didn’t start until December 1941”. I responded “I wish I could have told my grandfather that he wasn’t killed during the ‘Battle’ of France in 1940, know it wasn’t WWII would have made him feel really differently about the affair.” I didn’t walk out.
Hux is again correct. If the USA was but an island nation as Great Britain, and was brought into a war via treaty in 1939, as was bombed continuously, and at one point for 90 consercutive days, we here would certainly have a different mindset and attitude. But that was not the case. The United States did not experince a "Blitz". If the United States did not enter the war on all fronts, what then? What if it did not become a bastion of production for both material and manpower for the allies? Would that be parochial and mainstream? You were respected and invited to Minnesota to provide liason, not to provide opinion towards Americans. This may be a pro-Commonwealth Forum, but there are many Americans here as well, and some very proud of what was accomplished "together" during WWII.....If the Burns program is not to your liking, get your popcorn and watch Piece of Cake again......No offense taken here, just an opinion as you voiced yours. This is an incredible forum. My prayers and thanks offered to your Grandfather.