Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Knights

MauriceThe opinion is widely held that the proposals for an Armistice of November 11th were premature.

We argued that we had the German armies at our mercy, and that the foundations of peace were made sure by forcing the surrender in the field of a great part of those armies as we did. Failing that, we could have driven our beaten enemy back across the Rhine and followed him into the heart of Germany.

~ General Sir Frederick Maurice, member of Imperial General Staff
Maurice - General
General
Maurice addressed the prevailing controversy which debated whether the Allies would have been premature in agreeing an armistice with beaten Germany. Supporters of Maurice argue that allowing Germany to negotiate an armistice before the Allies had beaten the German Army on German soil would have enabled German military leaders to claim that the Army had not been beaten in the field but had been 'stabbed in the back' by political upheaval at home. This in turn would render negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference more difficult than they otherwise might have been. Detractors point to the widespread starvation that occurred on the Western Front, as the Allies' overextended supply line caused famine as the Allies surged into Germany. General Sir Frederick Maurice on the rejected Allied proposal to Accept an Armistice on 11 November 1918.

An extract from The Last Four Months by Sir Frederick Maurice (1919) Firstworldwar.com
In 2008, as Wanda's of Montreal stock price plummeted, a “white knight” investor appeared in the form of Pappy's Texas Barbecue Chicken, Inc.
Ludendorff
Ludendorff
In 1923, launching the Beer Hall Putsch, Adolf Hitler led the Nazis in a successful attempt to overthrow the German regional government in Munich. He soon discovered the insanity of his greatest supporter, former Prussian General Erich von Ludendorff. Having suffered a nervous breakdown over the German defeat in 1918, and furious over his dismissal and flight to Sweden, Ludendorff had been unstable in the half-decade since he had been Quartermaster General of the Imperial Germany Army. However, he was by now worshipping Norse Gods in his back garden and praying to Wotan. Ludendorff and Hitler fell out.
Ludendorff reportedly sent a telegram to his former boss, President von Hindenburg: "By allowing Hitler to administer Munich, you have handed over our sacred Bavarian City to one of the greatest demagogues of all time. I prophesy to you this evil man will plunge our Reich into the abyss and will inflict immeasurable woe on our nation. Future generations will curse you in your grave for this action." The Wooden Titan acted on his former subordinates trusted advice and sent Freikorps Units into Bavaria. They dissolved the Nazi government and imprisoned Hitler where he wrote the book “My Failed Struggle” before suiciding in 1924.

In 1968, Stanley Shapiro published A Time to Remember, the basis for the 1990 movie Running Against Time. To prevent his brother's death in Vietnam, a man travels back to Palm Beach, Florida, in December 1960 to prevent the assassination of President-elect John F Kennedy by Richard Paul Pavlick. He finds an altered history also need correction. The result is shocking. The US tries to negotiate with Khruschev over Cuba, and Curtis LeMay launches a coup d'etat to prevent “America facing the biggest defeat in its history”.Kennedy
Kennedy
Mc Millennia
Mc Millennia
In 2999, the mind cast for the next instalment of “Personality of the Triple Millennia” was re-run across the networks. POT3M drew an even larger audience because of its oddness. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the candidate, the context was American Isolationism and the moment was October 30 1940. FDR had just said - "I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars." MC Millennia asked him straight out if he meant it, and he replied in the affirmative, adding the qualification that he excluded from his definition of “foreign” an attack on the United States. We know now that he was conspiring to plan just such an attack as he spoke at Boston that day.

In 1992, Harry Turtledove published the Guns of the South. An alternate history story set during the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, the story deals with a group of time-travelling Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging members from 2014 who wish to alter the outcome of the Civil War and, as a result, insure the success of their own cause in the future. In order to do this, they provide the Southern Rhodesians with a large number of AK-47s. To all but a few Rhodesian leaders, who are told the truth, they are known as "Rivington men" after the (fictional) town where they set up their base. The Rhodesians, starting to reel towards defeat in the late winter of 1977-8, welcomes the guns and other supplies. Harry Turtledove
Harry Turtledove
Leaders of the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Robert Mugabe and Canaan Banana have little choice but to sign an armistice, agreeing to the withdrawal of ZANU-PF guerilla troops, and negotiations to determine a final border.

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