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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2023 7:52 p.m. PST

"Following their victory over Nazi Germany in May 1945, the Allies were faced with occupying and administering a country in ruins. British soldiers had a leading role in this, helping to hunt war criminals, rebuild industry and deal with displaced persons. At the same time, they had to learn to live and work alongside their former enemies.

On 7 May 1945, after months of fierce fighting, the Germans agreed to Allied demands for unconditional surrender, finally ending six years of warfare that had left millions dead and much of Europe in ruins. The following day, Tuesday 8 May 1945, was declared 'Victory in Europe' (VE) Day, and marked the formal end of the European war. The Allies were now faced with occupying a conquered and destroyed nation…"

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OSCS7430 Aug 2023 6:22 a.m. PST

My two take aways.
1. The US is still there.
2. The US did not learn to "mobilized former enemy soldiers" into a civilian labour force.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2023 12:51 p.m. PST

LIke most NAM posts, a great intro to inspire far deeper research into a neglected topic. Note that it only relates to "British" (never mind Commonwealth) Army handling of defeated Germany and its occupants.

However, that lad being flogged on the bare bottocks by another enthusiastic German. That would be totally banned now, along with enthusiastic Spanish football powers that be…..

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2023 2:33 p.m. PST



42flanker31 Aug 2023 9:39 a.m. PST

"that lad being flogged"

That is a remarkably strange choice of photograph, not least in the current moral climate.
(Though perhaps not given the eccentric quality of the NAM website)
What- not even a trigger warning?

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