Saturday, 4 June 2016

World War II and the danger of being liberated

The George C Marshall Foundation hosted three eminent historians, Gerhard Weinberg, William Hitchcock and Mark Stoler to discuss World War II Myths, Misconceptions and Surprises. Each gave a presentation and then they answered questions at the end. William Hitchcock's presentation was interesting because he talked about how the Allies were not always greeted with joy when liberating parts of France and Belgium. This was basically because many civilians in those places were killed in the fighting to liberate them. I think he mentioned the number of French civilian casualties on D-Day, mostly from Allied bombing, were similar to Allied causalities.

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