Sunday, June 24, 2007

LeMay's Air Lifts

June 24th, 2007

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The Announcement

in 1999, King Arthur II was surprised to see how well Queen Gwen was conducting the war in his absence. He had expected to see retreat across all fronts – but Gwen had virtually eliminated the Illuminati as a threat, and the Central European Empire had all but ceased to exist. “Perhaps I was wrong about her,” he said to Sir Lance du Lac in the War Planning Room. The knight disagreed vehemently. “No, my liege, you were right. She was simply doing away with the competition – which included you.” King Arthur regarded his greatest knight for a moment. “You don't believe she should be granted leniency, then?” Sir Lance's eyes lost a little bit of their life and he shook his head. “I once defended her, my king, but no longer. She has committed treason against the royal person, and must be executed before she can do even more harm to our nation.” Arthur leaned back in his chair and considered how unpopular that decision would be, given the queen's high popularity. “I don't think that's possible right now, Lance. We have to come up with another solution.”

In 1949, the events of Jo Walton's Mark occurred eight years after Germany agreed to a Carthaginian peace with Fascist Britain, leaving Oswald Mosley in control of the European continent. A typical gathering at the country estate of East Prussia of the power elite who brokered the deal is thrown into turmoil when the main negotiator, Rudolph Hess, is murdered, with a yellow star pinned to his chest with a dagger.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

In 721, following the Battle of Toulouse Umayyad control spread inexorably westward from Narbonne into Aquitaine. The Frankish Army led by Duke Odo of Aquitaine had been defeated on June 9th by an Umayyad army besieging the city, and the keys to south-west France were now in the hands of governor of Al-Andalus, Al-Samh ibn Malik al-Khawlani.

~ entry from Co-Historian Steve Payne

In 2316, or Change+300 in our new calendar the transition of the world of men is still only partially understood. Electricity and pressurized gases were rendered unusable. The underground nuclear test at the gateway of worlds had opened a small crack in the fabric of the space/time continuum, inviting something catastrophic in from a parallel Lovercraftian universe. The world of men suffered a heavy consequence from a single cause at an arterial point.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

In 2007, English-born Canadian Steve Payne failed in his bid to sue a well-known coffee shop in Mississauga for the costs of a new laptop computer. An accident prone geek, he had been attracted by the “wireless hot spot” advert in the window yet minutes later had foolishly spilt a demi-litre of French Vanilla cappuccino into his smouldering laptop. Legal authorities ruled that it was an accident waiting to happen, a view that Payne's wife heartily shared having witnessed the demise of many computing devices under similar circumstances. A frightening amount of TIAH content was recovered from the memory stick, representing many long hours of cut and paste work.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Wine Vessel
Wine Vessel
In 1761, on board the Arab Dhow the fallen woman made a startling discovery that would change the lives of the European stowaways forever.
An Arab wine vessel.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1374, on this day a sudden outbreak of St John's Dance (known as Johannistanz or Johannestanz in Germany) commenced, causing people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed .. Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
.. from exhaustion. This outbreak of mass hysteria was one of the many signs of the fall of Western Civilization. The plague swept across Europe depopulating the continent.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1812, Napoleon's Grande Armée entered Ontario beginning his ill-fated invasion of Canada. The Little Corporal intended to expand New France at the expense of British territory in North American. He was defeated not by the British, but by the harsh Canadian winter. As the temperature dropped to -40, the Grande Armée were ..
.. decimated on the retreat from Yorktown.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1948, today saw the start of the Blockade of Vienna. The Soviet Union rendered overland travel between the West with West Vienna impossible. The blockade was lifted by a well planned program of air lifts organised by USAAF General Curtis “Candy Bars Away” LeMay. By now an expert in such operations, LeMay had put into operation .. Viennese Airlift
Viennese Airlif..
.. a plan he had conceived in 1946 for the resupply of the Japanese home population during Operation Downfall. Before his retirement, LeMay would repeat this operation in the southern hemisphere in a number of critical shortage situations including the Congo in 1960.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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