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 American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Sun 2 Aug 12:48

For anybody interested in American history and culture - this series is well worth watching.

BBC2 Saturdays at 8:00pm.

Last night was the US Civil War etc.

Missed first episode - iPlayer for catchup.
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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Wed 5 Aug 17:40

Cheers VEE, I'll give that a watch tonight

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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Thu 6 Aug 17:08

Great watch vee

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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Thu 6 Aug 19:13

Which episode did you watch ?

I found the Civil War very educational.
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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: Mario  
Date:   Thu 6 Aug 22:07

I read a hefty book about the Civil War years ago, and was surprised to discover that the casualties were greater than the combined total of US losses in both World Wars and the Korean War.
After further revision they are now thought to exceed those plus the Vietnam war. A terrible bloodbath indeed.
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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: parforthecourse  
Date:   Thu 6 Aug 22:20

If you have Prime, Ken Burns Civil War is worth a watch.
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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Fri 7 Aug 08:13

Both VEE, shocked to find out George Washington had 120 odd slaves

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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Fri 7 Aug 09:33

"If you have Prime, Ken Burns Civil War is worth a watch"

It's been on PBS America on Freeview a couple of times as well.

The casualty rates were horrendous - muzzle loading rifled weapons and the Minie ball being a significant factor.



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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Fri 7 Aug 09:38

Cheers VEE, that's my telly sorted for weekend

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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Fri 7 Aug 09:45

Interesting little fact related to the American Civil War. The last pension paid for said conflict ended only this year.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/07/irene-triplett-last-person-american-civil-war-pension-dies

There's battle lines being drawn Nobody's right if everybody is wrong.
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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Fri 7 Aug 16:17

Amazing story.

It also confirms that if you are contemplating desertion to the other side - make sure you choose the eventual winner !!!

Almost as fascinating as the story of Joe Beyrle, the US paratrooper who landed in Normandy on D-Day and later fought alongside the Red Army on the Eastern Front.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Beyrle

His son John became the US Ambassador to Russia in 2008.

If Hollywood punted this storyline it would be ridiculed !!!
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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: PeachtreePar  
Date:   Wed 12 Aug 13:22

Lots of deaths in US Civil war were due to unsanitary conditions in the camps. More people died from disease than combat deaths. Also a lot died after being wounded as well as didn’t have the medical treatment we take for granted now.

A fact wasn’t really aware of until recently is that the US reported 116,000 deaths in WW1 but of those 63,000 were due to Spanish flu. So more deaths to disease than combat deaths.



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 Re: American History's Biggest Fibs
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Sat 15 Aug 09:15

Watched David Hyman as narrator on "Clydebuilt" yersterday (PBS America) - an excellent documentary focusing largely on the blockade runner paddle steamers built for the Confederates to supply arms and ammunition etc. to the South during the Civil War.

They reckoned that the war would have ended 2 years earlier had the Confederacy not had these munitions.

Another programme worth watching.
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