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Old 05-28-2020, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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When Honest Abe heard the news about your fall..
Folks thought he'd call a great vict'ry ball
But he asked the band to play the song 'Dixie'..
For you Johnny Reb, and all that you believe..


- Johnny Horton
It is true that after Lee's surrender, President Lincoln appeared before a celebrating crowd and asked one of the bands to play Dixie. However, it was not a salute to the rebels as the above song suggests. Lincoln explained that he had always liked the tune, and now he considered it "fairly captured" from the enemy.
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Old 05-29-2020, 08:08 AM
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Location: Ashe Co. NC
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In World war 2 this German ace came upon a badly damaged B-17 bomber and instead of shooting it down he escorted it out of Germany.... http://youtu.be/_8EkmyoG83Q
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Old 06-03-2020, 02:53 PM
 
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I was a bit surprised that something like this can happen at the Pacific Theater of WWII. Where did get get a Rising Sun flag anyway?
Any bosun worth his salt could run up half a dozen flags of any design in half an hour. That part I can easily believe.

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When Honest Abe heard the news about your fall..
Folks thought he'd call a great vict'ry ball
But he asked the band to play the song 'Dixie'..
For you Johnny Reb, and all that you believe..
And that's a good story, but...

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It is true that after Lee's surrender, President Lincoln appeared before a celebrating crowd and asked one of the bands to play Dixie. However, it was not a salute to the rebels as the above song suggests. Lincoln explained that he had always liked the tune, and now he considered it "fairly captured" from the enemy.
- this is probably closer to the truth. Very Lincolnesque, though.

For a modern-day example, I give you the captain of HMS Glowworm - a Royal Navy destroyer that in April 1940 went up against the German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper, a feat on par with me trying to take on Mike Tyson without gloves. It ended as it had to - after firing all the weapons that could be brought to bear, including 5 torpedoes at less than one thousand yard range, she was mauled by the cruiser's gunnery, escape was unrealistic, and the captain gave the order to ram. It had little effect, but the destroyer was of course crumpled up and sank.

The cruiser picked up 40 survivors and informed the British admiralty via the Red Cross - and such was the German captain's depiction of the battle, that the British captain was awarded the VC, posthumously.
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Old 06-04-2020, 01:19 PM
 
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interesting story here..............
https://www.historynet.com/downed-ww...by-germans.htm
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Old 06-04-2020, 01:22 PM
 
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in the middle of this story you can read about how the germans got this man some artificial legs......
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/ins...both-legs.html
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Old 06-10-2020, 08:01 AM
 
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Winston Churchill amazingly at one point invited Kaiser Wilhelm II to move to Britain from his exiled home in Doorn, Netherlands. Wilhelm was a cousin of King George V, despite being an enemy during WWI.

Confederate guerilla leader, John S. Mosby, settled into a respectable Federal civil service career in Wash8ngton post.war
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Old 06-16-2020, 05:53 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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The Zulu salute at Rorkes Drift? Well it's in the film anyway but I don't know if it actually happened! :-)
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Old Yesterday, 11:18 AM
 
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Discovered recently that during ww1 bulgarian village literally kicked the ass not just of Greece but also the French and British empire and this happened in their primes. It was so bad that the general had visited the UK years later at a special event where enemies get honoured and the flag was flown lowered, google general Vazov, it's in the wiki.



Also just watched on youtube how the US sailors greet the Japanese diplomats signing the capitulation of Japan - thought they'd be harsher to Japan - maybe they knew how important $$$ from Japan is idk.
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Old Yesterday, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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It was common to put your enemy's head on a pike, and perhaps even dip them in tar to preserve the facial features.
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