Today, August 4, Was Centenary Of British Involvement In WW I, Wednesday, August 6, Will Be 69th Anniversary of Hiroshima Atomic Bomb.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

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1/ Centenary of British involvement
>>WW I — July 3, 2014.
2/ NZ kicks of 100 year remembrance — Aug. 4, 2014

a/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
b/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.

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Click to access 'Wall Street Journal' coverage.

Click to access ‘Wall Street Journal’ coverage.

Kind of spooky, or at least a tad disconcerting, that two major anniversaries pertaining to two very different wars take place 2 days apart! Sobering.

Quite a long time ago I spend close to a year studying the whole ‘Manhattan Project‘ and the first two Atomic drops. Fascinating. Given my ultra-PRO Allied leanings I have no qualms about the two bombs. I do believe that it expedited the end of WW II. Period. Might even have saved lives. So, I don’t fret about it. I only have one nagging question in the back of my mind. Did the Allies shun away from using the Atomic option in Europe? Have you thought about that? Japan in every sense of the word is far removed from Europe. Could they have used in Berlin? We will never really know.

As far as I know Colonel Paul Tibbets, the HERO pilot of the ‘Enola Gay‘ had — or probably still has — relatives around here; i.e. New Hampshire Lakes Region. I knew someone who knew them. He had some ‘neat’ memorabilia, mainly signed pictures and paintings, from Paul Tibbets.

But, any way, August 6, 2014 — 69 years.


Click to ENLARGE. The historic, iconic 'Enola Gay'.

Click to ENLARGE. The historic, iconic ‘Enola Gay’. From Wikipedia. Check it out. Beautiful plane. So phallic.