Was the Action at Arnhem Britain's Alamo

Discussion in 'NW Europe' started by BFBSM, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    This article posits that the action at Arnhem by the 2nd Bn Parachute Regiment was Britain's equivalent of the Battle of the Alamo: Action at Arnhem: Britain’s Alamo. I don't know enough about either to form an opinion, what do other member's think?

    In fact it's not until the penultimate paragraph that the Alamo gets a mention:

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  3. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    He was subjected to a sustained trolling and stalking by a very well known nut-case who used to post on the old History Channel Forums. This idiot went after him big-time in real life and was instrumental in getting a lot of Kiwi Writers online articles deleted. You would not believe the way he was harassed. The stalker became a member here for a while.

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  4. smdarby

    smdarby Well-Known Member

    Not a particularly good comparison in my opinion. His argument that 2 Para never surrendered "as an organised body" is particularly dodgy. The German Army in 1945 surrendered in groups also - doesn't mean it wasn't defeated and didn't capitulate. Also, the fact many were captured makes the Alamo/Arnhem comparison weak.

    Gandamak or Isandlwana would be more accurate, but even then there was no choice involved as to whether to make a last stand like there was at The Alamo.

    Perhaps someone can come up with a better example?

    PS - I am not a troll!
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2016
  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I liked Kiwi, though I always found his writing a bit flowery, but it's good to see he 's still at it.
    As for the other bloke... I'd forgotten about him... I did not like him...

    To really be an Alamo, wouldn't Arnhem have to be more widely engrained in UK public culture? Most I know would look a bit blank if I used it as a last stand reference outside of military history. The personalities aren't 'historical celebrities' in the same way the Alamo chaps appear to be in the US.

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