Why the fascination with LOSERS.
That's what the Confederates and the Nazis are. L.O.S.E.R.S
They are not cool. They Lost. BIG.
Why do we consider in 'ordinary' to laugh at the French Military and poke fun, but not the German Military, who lost both WW1 and WW2?
I don't understand the attraction of German paraphernalia and their tanks weren't perfect eh. Why the obsession with big cats? The Tiger was at best a rolling pillbox. Over-engineered, too costly, too slow. The Germans COULD have made a great deal more Panzer IV chassis. They were a good tank. The Panther entered the battle as a buggy prone to burst into flames rushed idea too. The Jagd panther was not a better idea than a lot Jagd panzer IVs.
Hitler had a great option in the ME 262 in 43, but nope, he stupidly used it as a fast bomber.
Stalingrad was a very dumb way to throw away a veteran army.
Not doing Africa right, cost the Axis the war.
Hitler likely cost the Germans the war. It's fortunate that unskilled ego thought he was a genius.
He was a great orator, nothing much past that though.
Or put a better way, he was all talk.
When I look at the US Civil War, I see the same thing. They were great out of the starting gate, and then they blow it.
They are LOSERS.
And yet they are popular with some. I don't see why.
It is because the fans of the south, and inherently losers?
I can't be blamed for making that conclusion.
I don't desire this to be political. I'm trying to see it through history, and understand, what drives a person to pick the German tank model, why a person wants to put a Confederate flag on their vehicle. Why they choose SS whatever in their forum identity. Who wants to be associated with the losers?
We need the historical opposition to design a game experience. Impossible to play WW2 games, and no enemy side. Interesting to see if we could outperform the performance of that side in a simulation. Personally, I think portraying Hitler's bone headed decisions is quite the challenge.
Some of the Generals on these sides of the conflict were quite good at their job.
But politicians often put their soldiers in impossible situations.
Still, the losing side is what it is.
And we all know Patton's thoughts on what he thought of losers.
He was of the opinion Americans worship winners.
So why the obsession with losers?
I don't like revisionist history actions.
Not sure how some personalities from the losing side managed to get their names where they did.
And here in Canada, we have our share of examples that in the light of day, don't seem wise.
When I wargame, I want to be a Rommel, or a Patton. I think MacArthur was an arrogant swine. I think Halsey was easy to bait. I think Monty was too slow. My favourite unit was the Devil's brigade. My favourite piece of hardware was the F4U Corsair, or the 17pdr. But in gamey terms, I really like the British Bishop. It's such an obnoxious unit in Battle Academy.
I'm proud of Canada's military past. We moved furthest inland on D-Day. We went up against the Hitler Youth in Normandy, and we kicked their asses. We fought the German paras in Ortona, and they got smashed there too. When you fight a Caadian, you bring your A game, or we kick you butt.
I have zero desire to champion losers.
So why does anyone like the Confederates/Nazis?
Wargame, 05% of the time.
Play with Barbies 05% of the time.
Play with Legos 10% of the time.
Build models 20% of the time
Shopping 60% of the time.
Exlains why I buy em more than I play em.