British Manpower shortages by the end of WW2

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Re: British Manpower shortages by the end of WW2

Post by Sheldrake » 15 Jun 2021 14:40

Von Schadewald wrote:
15 Jun 2021 12:08
It would have been v bad for late-war British morale if they had drawn Omaha Beach, and had lost the 1000 men manpower that the Americans did.
That looks like Dieppe rather than Omaha or Sword Beach

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Re: British Manpower shortages by the end of WW2

Post by Von Schadewald » 15 Jun 2021 14:44

The loss to the British genetic gene pool caused by the 1 million Victorian-Edwardian Man dead of WW1, and the decimation of the 'Best of British' at the Somme in particular, had ramifications in the next generation of smaller, weaker British soldiers of WW2, & is felt to this day.

As can be seen by this thin, bespectacled little elite British soldier landing at D Day, the British really were reaching their fighting man limits by 1944
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Re: British Manpower shortages by the end of WW2

Post by Sheldrake » 15 Jun 2021 15:54

Von Schadewald wrote:
15 Jun 2021 14:44
The loss to the British genetic gene pool caused by the 1 million Victorian-Edwardian Man dead of WW1, and the decimation of the 'Best of British' at the Somme in particular, had ramifications in the next generation of smaller, weaker British soldiers of WW2, & is felt to this day.

As can be seen by this thin, bespectacled little elite British soldier landing at D Day, the British really were reaching their fighting man limits by 1944
You are Martin van Crefeld and I claim my £5.

I hear what you say., but with the greatest of respects that is utter tripe...

If WW1 eroded British fighting manpower, where did that leave Germany's master race which lost twice as many?

Underestimate small or bespectacled Britons at your peril...
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There is a sad story concerning a small bespectacled officer who landed on Sword Beach on D Day. Ken Davenport was a 30 year old second lieutenant in the 5th Battalion the Kings Regiment, which were the 5th Army Beach Group on Sword beach. The photo in Perter Liddle's "D Day by Those Who Were There" indeed shows a balding bespectacled figure. It might even have been him in the photo you posted.

One of his friend's Philip Scarfe was a platoon commander about the same age. He and his men attacked a pill box firing on Sword beach. He was wounded, but he carried on and was shot again and was killed. We buried him above the high watermark. His wife sent her wedding veil to put in his grave. Ken was later the god father to Philip's unborn son born later. I find it hard to stand by his grave at Bayeux without shedding a tear. You don't have to look the part to be a hero.
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