Those history booksApril 30 2012 at 7:32 AM
|Jacques (no login)|
Response to what history books?
Outside of the US an Anglocentric Second World War history still exists that has millions of people believing that 1.Great Britain won the War, 2.the Spitfire was the best fighter plane ever built, 3.British aircraft carriers were Kamikaze-proof and that 4.Singapore was expected to be attacked from the sea! You will find these and similar "facts" in many less-decent publications, high school text books, magazines articles, Discovery and History Channel programs and educational websites. That's what we were taught at school and kids are still being fed the same crap today. Here is the typical view from one such "authoritative" UK history website:
"The British had confidently predicted that the Japanese would attack from the sea. This explained why all the defences on Singapore pointed out to sea. It was inconceivable to British military planners that the island could be attacked any other way least of all, through the jungle and mangrove swamps of the Malay Peninsula. But this was exactly the route the Japanese took."
Sad, ain't it - especially if I have admit that I too believed this until about 3 years ago? (More or less at the time I came across this forum!)