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Flamethrowers were a very useful weapon when used at a short-range, but they came with some crucial drawbacks. We all had toy boxes stuffed with World War II armaments — with toy pistols and molded plastic rifles and alarmingly realistic rubber hand grenades. The Illustrated London News condemned the German’s use of flamethrowers at Hooge as “diabolical”. Decades after it was over the war was still expanding and dissipating in our minds, like the vapor trails of an immense explosion. Nor does that frozen roar speak to the complex of murky policies that had sent my father into battle in the first place, thousands of miles from home. The astonishing events of that morning, the “fatal five minutes” on which the war and the fate of the world hung, had been reduced to a plaque nobody reads, at an airport with a vaguely puzzling name, midway between Chicago and nowhere at all. Free Online Library: THE LAST BATTLE OF WWI: UNEXPLODED ARTILLERY SHELLS.(NEWS) by "The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA)"; News, opinion and commentary General. Everybody knew that if those values had ever really existed in America, they were only the result of some Norman Rockwell collective delusion. No matter what their occasion was, they sooner or later slip free and are lost in a generic blur: a Day at the Carnival, a Triumph at the State Finals, a Summer Vacation, My First Love. Smaller, lighter and more mobile flamethrowers were created and some were even adapted for use against tanks. From the beginning, the actual circumstances of World War II were smothered in countless lies, evasions, and distortions, like a wrecked landscape smoothed by a blizzard. He used to wave off any question I asked about the world before I was born, irritatedly dismissing it as if all of that were self-evidently too shabby and quaint to interest a modern kid like me. In our own culture the people who know what war is like find it almost impossible to communicate with the children of peace. The Illustrated London News justified Britain’s use of flamethrowers by suggesting that they were compelled to adopt them for the purposes of self-defence against German flammenwerfers. All they knew were those big totemic names — Pearl Harbor, D day, Auschwitz, Hiroshima — whose unfathomable reaches of experience had been boiled down to an abstract atrocity. We refought World War II battles daily and went out on our campaigns so overloaded with gear we looked like ferocious porcupines. Flamethrowers, like gas, were considered by the British to be against the laws of warfare and portrayed as another example of German barbarism. Furthermore, there was always the chance the gas cylinder would explode and if the operator was captured it was unlikely that he would receive a great deal of mercy. My wife knows how much I like big cats and all other varieties of predators and raptors, and she painstakingly glued the tiger back together and gave it to me as a present. The men who operated these machines had short life expectancies — British and French soldiers would concentrate their fire on the areas where flamethrowers were sited to eliminate the threat. But there have been places and times where people have thought of war as the given and peace the perversion. Out of idle curiosity, I have been asking friends, people my age and younger, what they know about war — war stories they have heard from their families, facts they have learned in school, stray images that might have stuck with them from old TV documentaries. Jets of the liquid played all over them in the midst of the smoke, as if squirted by a pump… the Germans hidden by a cloud of smoke managed to force a passage. To the Greeks, peace was nothing but a fluke, an irrelevance, an arbitrary delay brought on when bad weather forced the spring campaign to be canceled, or a back-room deal kept the troops at home until after harvest time. And all sway forward on the dangerous flood Of history, that never sleeps or dies, And, held one moment, burns the hand. neo trench coat treanch coat long jacket for women cotton on trench coat vintage trench coat maxi trench coat length of trench coat girl trench coat woman trench coat womens jackets and coats white leather trench coat pvc trench coat ladies outerwear ladies long coat ladies coat sale long jackets long ladies coats women coats sale short pea coat women man trench coat short pea coat raincoats women short wool coat ladies black coats short coats women winter white wool coat green and black trench coat red satin trench coat trench coat costume trench coat zara

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