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Old 12-11-2013, 07:06 AM   #15
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That must be why my French Army Knife has a wine opener and 4 popup white flags.

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Old 12-11-2013, 07:26 AM   #16
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I admit to enjoying and also telling "French" jokes. Remember however, in the American Revolution, where we needed it the most, the French came through for us.

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How many of todays generation know who General Patton was?
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:29 PM   #18
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I admit to enjoying and also telling "French" jokes. Remember however, in the American Revolution, where we needed it the most, the French came through for us.
And have at other times too.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:32 PM   #19
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I admit to enjoying and also telling "French" jokes. Remember however, in the American Revolution, where we needed it the most, the French came through for us.
You're absolutely correct. And they have been and are with us in other actions.

I negotiated a mutual logistical support agreement with the French government on behalf of the US military when I was assigned to the US European Command. They are a NATO member, and participate in many NATO actions, including the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and in other forms in areas in that region and Africa. Recognize that not every government of every country will agree on everything/anything at any particular time.

I'll guarantee you that none of the current military members of the Japanese and French forces now on duty were in their respective forces during WWII and the American Revolution. Times, relationships, and attitudes, have changed.

Lots of comments are being directed to the world "as it was", not as it now is...perhaps it's time to participate in and recognize the current global relationships?
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I enjoy the occasional French joke as well as anyone, however, the French lost many many men in WWII. They lost most before we entered the war. The reason they lost so many was the poor leadership in the French military and government.

Their military was incompetent in the way they planned to fight, and the govt did little to modernize the French forces as well. Once the battle began they were quickly over run by better trained and equipped German forces.

I can find no fault with the courage of the French fighting men, but with their leadership which was totally incompetent.
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Dad is gone but he served in Italy during the war that's all I know, as he never spoke of those day's. But I learned from the "books" in History Classes starting in Elementary School thru High School. I was one that loved History Classes.I have heard some kid's of today can't tell you all of the States, letalone Europe Sad...

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