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16 May 1945: On this day Eamon DeValera addressed the Nation in reply to Churchill's attack on Irish Neutrality in WWII - was this his Finest Hour?

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Winne had a good trick of the tongue when referring to Dev. He purposely used to pronounce it 'Devil Eire' in a double entendre subconscious jibe for his English audience.
 

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Captain Edo John Hitzen (1886 – 1979) was the officer who took the surrender of Commandant Éamon de Valéra on Grand Canal Street in Dublin. Twenty-two years later, he made contact with de Valera, via the British Prime Minister, offering the return of Dev’s revolutionary binoculars. In 1967, he even became an honorary member of the Dublin Brigade of the old IRA.

 

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As the appalling atrocities in German concentration camps were being shown in cinema newsreels in 1945,
our Taoiseach expressed his condolences on behalf of Ireland, to the German Ambassador on the death of Herr Hitler. :sick:

Shameful and disgusting.

And we are still orgasming about a petty reply to a great man who defeated the same Hitler....o_O
 

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As the appalling atrocities in German concentration camps were being shown in cinema newsreels in 1945,
our Taoiseach expressed his condolences on behalf of Ireland, to the German Ambassador on the death of Herr Hitler. :sick:

Shameful and disgusting.

And we are still orgasming about a petty reply to a great man who defeated the same Hitler....o_O

Stalin, Zhukov and the Red Army defeated Hitler. The Anglos hid away in safety until mid 1944 - when the Red Army had already broken the back of the Wermacht.

As for Dev, he would have expressed condolences even if it had been Churchill who had died - despite Churchill's murder of four million innocent people in Bengal in 1944, and despite the criminal targeting of German women and children in firebomb attacks on German cities.
 

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Stalin, Zhukov and the Red Army defeated Hitler. The Anglos hid away in safety until mid 1944 - when the Red Army had already broken the back of the Wermacht.

As for Dev, he would have expressed condolences even if it had been Churchill who had died - despite Churchill's murder of four million innocent people in Bengal in 1944, and despite the criminal targeting of German women and children in firebomb attacks on German cities.
If the British hadn't repelled the Nazis, and continued to harry them in several arenas, Hitler would have had
a free run ( and have been able to mass all his forces ) to wipe out the Soviet Army. :cool:
 

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If the British hadn't repelled the Nazis, and continued to harry them in several arenas, Hitler would have had
a free run ( and have been able to mass all his forces ) to wipe out the Soviet Army. :cool:

Nonsense. The Anglos didn't slow down the Wermacht in any way. Churchill was hoping that the Wermacht would wipe out the Red Army, but it didn't work out like that.
 
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As the appalling atrocities in German concentration camps were being shown in cinema newsreels in 1945,
our Taoiseach expressed his condolences on behalf of Ireland, to the German Ambassador on the death of Herr Hitler. :sick:

Shameful and disgusting.

And we are still orgasming about a petty reply to a great man who defeated the same Hitler....o_O
He did the same for Roosevelt who had died some days earlier so he felt obliged to do the same for the Chancellor of Germany.

As for defeating Hitler it was something well beyond the powers of the UK to do alone. Their contribution to final victory while great was dwarfed by that of Russia & the USA.
 
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de Valera did not offer condolences on the death of Roosevelt, yet he kow-towed to the Third Reich on the death of Hitler.

A fool none of whose words should be taken seriously.
 

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similar to joseph Stalin. Dev was very brave when miles behind the actual fighting.

He sold out to the church in order to make himself de facto King in his new model Republic. And his attempts to take Ulster were all fake choreography.

Ruthless against republicans. Dev was documented as carrying a copy of Machiavelli's Prince in his coat pocket. His first instincts were self preservation and aggrandisement. The treaty Collins got was good enough. Dev shed irish blood for nothing.

His militaristic delusions were fantastical. Aer Lingus translates as Air Fleet....akin to aeroflot.

And the idea that tiny ireland could have a trade war ? and win ? pure insanity.

A psychopath in all but name.
They do say that many political leaders and CEO's in business etc display psychopathic tendencies.
 

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de Valera did not offer condolences on the death of Roosevelt, yet he kow-towed to the Third Reich on the death of Hitler.

A fool none of whose words should be taken seriously.
His response to the bloodthirsty warmonger Churchill was brilliant.
 
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