Germany’s Appreciation….THANK YOU, AMERICA

I got this email yesterday and had to share it with you.  Might be short for a post, but it packs a big wallop for me!   Here is gratitude, here is remembering history as it was by someone who lived it, a dear German friend of ours whose mother literally fried potatoes in car grease so they could eat:

Hi Z,

For me, this week is especially important. Exactly 70 years ago, the Berlin Airlift began by the American Air Force and its allies*. If that had not been the happend, I and my family would most likely be starving. A memorable week and I will remember that  every day.

Big hug,


*If you’d like to read up on the Berlin Air Lift, HERE is a book worth reading.

Aircrews from the US Air Force, British Royal Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the South African Air Force, flew over 200,000 flights in one year, providing up to 4700 tons of necessities daily, such as fuel and food, to the Berliners.   “Operation Little Vittles,” where Americans dropped gum and candy and delighted the little Berliners was ALL AMERICAN, started by Gail Halvorsen (who is now 97)…and what a story that is!  


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8 Responses to Germany’s Appreciation….THANK YOU, AMERICA

  1. It strikes me that the French are grateful to us for helping them into Wars against Germany and Germany is grateful to us for there being supported against Russia. England is grateful to us for our support against Germany even though we defeated them in the Revolutionary War.


  2. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, not sure what you’re saying here….except pointing out how Germans are behind many wars?

    So sorry more aren’t reading this because we don’t get the thanks we deserve so often….and my friend has always talked to me about this and been so thankful. Imagine remembering an anniversary like this in his long life?


  3. Mal says:

    When we win a war we are forced into but do not want, we still are left with the responsibility of feeding and rebuilding that country. If Hitler had won, I don’t believe he had the resources to take care of basically the entire world, so what would’ve happened? I don’t even want to think about that.


  4. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, if Hitler HAD won, you think he’d have felt the responsibility of rebuilding England or France? I DON’T THINK SOOOO! 🙂
    and yes, America is better.
    and I don’t want to think about that, either (tho I LOVE Germany, it would have been a very different place…which it is NOW due to the immigrants. I’m SO happy I was there so often, for so long, before that all hit hard!!


  5. I wasn’t speaking of the warlike nature of Germany at all.
    What I was saying was that many of our former adversary for our presence including Japan.


  6. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, thanks…could you tell me again what your second sentence means? I think you left out a word or two…”…adversary thank us…for our presence..?” !!


  7. Baysider says:

    Ed + 1, and what a lovely note to get from a friend.


  8. Mal says:

    Z, Hitler wasn’t forced into a war. He created one. Big difference. But a former neighbor (now deceased) was a POW in Germany and made it out so I realize they did some feeding and housing. Remember, they had their own army and civilians to feed too, so I’m sure the POW’s got leftovers; still, they weren’t massacred like what the Muslim terrorist do. What he would’ve done with those he conquered had he won (other than Jews) I’m not sure. I don’t believe anyone does.


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