The Solemnity of Memorial Day

 Lest we forget…

“Sixty years after the invasion of North Africa, a gauzy mythology has settled over World War II and its warriors. The veterans are lionized as “the Greatest Generation,” an accolade none sought and many dismiss as twaddle.”

 Because they remember that…

“September 1, 1939, was the first day of a war that would claim an average 27,600 lives every day, or 1,150 an hour, or 19 a minute, or one death every 3 seconds.” An Army at Dawn, The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Copyright © 2002 by Rick Atkinson, Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, Pages 4 & 5.

 Note: (1939 World Population: 2.4 billion – 2016: 7.36 billion)

 Adjusting for time, the cost of WWII in terms of humanity lost today would be 3X+ at the very least…

Rick Atkinson Books

About Michael

Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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