Och..."Afternoon tea" only exists in the mind's of the English and doesn't exist in France..... and since the French people are sensible and have their main meal at midday there is no room by the clock or in the stomach to cram in a "cream tea" before l'heure d'apéro
Still capitulated to the Germans in six weeks (10 May - 25 June 1940). Maybe they should eat better.
Incidentally my parents were due to get married on 10th May 1940. Hitler screwed it up. Dad was in the army and they canceled his leave but he managed to get a 24 hour pass. They got married and not only didn't they see each other for the next ten months but my mother didn't even know where he was, just got a telegram every now and then from the army to say he was still alive.
When he finally got home for his next 24 hour leave my mother was in hospital with an appendicitis.
And the army wives whinge now.
My father fought around Caen in June, July and August 1944. He was present in the action which saw the end of the German tank ace Michael Wittman by Joe Ekins
in a Sherman Firefly. The British and Canadians ambushed him because for once the Allied intelligence was better than the Germans because by now the allies had realised not tell the French too much as they were passing it on to the Germans. Most of the early failures to take Caen was due to the Germans knowing all the Allied plans thanks to the people they were trying (and dying) to liberate. There's a lot about WWII that doesn't get spoken about.
The Firefly was a British modification to that mobile cooking pot called the Sherman tank. It turned a piece of crap into a half decent fighting machine by equipping it with the British 75m anti-tank gun. The only advantage that the Sherman had over the German tanks is that there were lots of them. The British called the Sherman The Ronson
because as the advertisement said "It lights every time"
. The Germans called the Sherman tank "Tommy Cookers"
My father said that you didn't need to simply watch the Germans. The French told the Germans what was happening, the American Air Force bombed you from the air (my neighbour only had one foot thanks to a bomb from a P38 Lightning, the British didn't fly the Lightning because it was crap) and the 51st Highland division laid a mine field when they retreated and didn't tell anyone where it was. This caused Operation Goodwood to fail, well that and the American Airforce dropping their bombs on a Canadian Division almost wiping them out.
As for the French.
Never did like anyone that sets off Nuclear weapons in someone else's back yard and then commits AN ACT OF WAR
against an unarmed BRITISH vessel trying to protest. And they've NEVER even apologised.
There's only one thing wrong with France, it's got French people in it. I get a hard time in France simply for being English. I usually point out that I don't see rows and rows of French soldier graves in England.
They're OK in the Languedoc but they're not French, ask them?
Oh and by the way.
William Wales (Wallace) (correct spelling, he was after all WELSH) supposedly killed the ENGLISH
sheriff of Lanark, William de Hazelrig. What kind of f_____g ENGLISH
name is DE HAZELRIG?
Vieille Alliance - Auld Alliance? Ha! Yes that ENGLISH king Eduard Plante-Genet
sure liked his roast beef and his bangers and mash on his forages up t'north.
Mary Queen of Scots? Now there's an enigma. Scottish by virtue of the facts that she was a direct descendant of Robert DE BRUS via several French marriages. Robert DE BRUS' (Norman) mother was the illegitimate daughter of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth
King of Wales. So tell me, do the Scots have any input at all in the BRITISH Royalty stakes? After all it was one of you Jocks who started the United Kingdom then promptly left the throne to a German.
She married a Frenchman so he could attack ENGLAND and inflict Popery back into England. There's an old saying, if you go out looking for trouble don't whinge if it finds you first.
You know it bloody gets me. There we were getting bombed by the IRA in England and all the Northern Ireland Protestants are Scottish descent.
Time you sweaty socks
sorted out exactly who your enemies are.
The English population comprises of Insular Celts
as does Scotland. There are few Insular Celts in the Shetlands and Orkneys, perhaps they should have independence from the Scottish Parliament and land their oil in Norway.In fact indicators are that they may well do this rather than be taxed to hilt by the Tartan Tories.