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January 16, 2009

Operation Valkyrie Trailer

Lifted from the Drink Soaked Trots.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 16, 2009 07:06 AM

Comments

I can't get too worked up about this stuff personally. "Militarism" is one of the last things to be feared from today's Germany, which is a mixed blessing since it leads to spinelessness in the face of the Muslim threat and assorted other evils.

My own criticism of Stauffenberg is his failure to stay with the bomb to make sure it killed Hitler.

Heroism of this sort is better found with The White Rose and the like anyway.

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2009 02:47 PM

Plus a critique of militarism is a bit rich coming from me. I say we sink the French fleet again... you can't be too careful.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2009 04:32 PM

von Stauffenberg is typical of the pre-war German aristocracy. Always looking down their nose at commoner Hitler and his pretensions, but at the same time perfectly content to accept his conquests in Austria, Sudetenland, Poland, France, etc.

It's telling that the German resistance really only got rolling once the war effort started going pear-shaped.

Beyond all that, I'm all for "militaristic traditions". Tradition and ceremony are some of the critical binding agents in any modern democracy's military force. I would rather our brothers in uniform hearken back to warrior traditions of First Nations tribes and honour-bound armoured knights, than revert to a New Soviet Man "Year Zero" sort of mentality where nothing is older than 1968, and self-discipline is lacking.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2009 04:51 PM