Erwin, the offense I took was at Mr Dye's own words and his thickheaded inability or reluctance to recognize other people's courteousness. I, being born, and raised in the USA had heard the same sort of appreciation of US assistance -seeing as the UK couldn't manage it, during WWII -despite that I am only in my early 40's... this was never ever specifically directed to one branch of the service despite the oo-raw bull that Dye posted, and to be damned sure it could never have been meant to come off as the "damsel in distress- 'ooh thank you for saving us'" tone that comes off as posted by a wanker.
You know I actually intended to post something about getting rained on in Melbourne and getting what they deserved for locating there -especially in the middle of Southern Hemisphere Winter, but I read more of that guy's posting -and it floored me.
I know that Dye was the military adviser in BoB, aside from being Col Sink, and presume he is doing the same thing in this production. I also have a couple of the guy's books that I finally managed to remember about after reading more of his site) -so I know exactly who the guy is ---
I think the "humble" Cpt Dye might consider visiting an RSL club or 2 while here, mention that load of crap he wrote to some veterans or vet's sons and then he might get a little instant enlightenment on the period - because after reading his entry - it is excruciatingly obvious that aside from lacking humility- he is also lacking in some basic history. I used to respect the guy, but now I see that was not warranted. It is a pretty sad state when people that claim to be "historical experts" can be so ignorant; I wonder how much of that is intentional.
The point too -was that aside from slighting Australia's contribution (which is dumb enough), this guy managed to also slight -the SW Pacific Command, and the US Navy - so in effect the USMC landing on Guadalcanal "saved Australia" - it makes me wonder what this guy has been on? "Chesty Puller Juice"? How stupid are his readers supposed to be?
Films- I don't know what I wrote above that may have given the impression that I thought there was some sort of film depiction disparity and that was the problem, but it seems like it happened that way. What I posted was solely concerning Mr Dye's BLOG and not this production itself.
But to be clear, as I only took issue with Dye; and from what he wrote. I disagree that there is no need to take offense. I think someone needs to take offense when someone claiming to be an expert writes something so boneheaded as what that guy did.
Edited: I assumed the guy was writing to more than just Marines or former Marines. Unfortunately, I know I am not allowed to communicate in standard accepted Australian business terminology as would be considered profanity in America -but the guy deserves to know that he comes off as a F-wit.
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