...and I fear the reconciliation between Germany and our eastern neighbours will take awhile longer than with our western neighbours!
Thats the difference really though. Not only the fact that "our war" was somehow more distant and less personal due to not being under occupation(im sure those who lost loved ones saw it as personal but for the rest,probably not so much).
I used to doubt sometimes the old stories Id read of say ,the war in the Western desert ,and the mutual respect and comparative lack of sensless barbarity by all sides in that theatre. But,Ive met so many veterns who confirm this that I guess it must have been true to a point.
Its not just that though,in our mutual history,in the grand scheme of things the 2 wars between our countries were an abhoration,an unexpected blip in an untill then fairly warm relationship between Britain and the various german states.Its no secret our present royal family are german either,though I wont hold that against you BB.
Look at the Napolionic war,while the Duchy of Warsaw couldnt wait to sign up to the Grande Armee Prussian troops effectivly saved the Day for the red coats at waterloo.
I guess if Britain had also shared a land border with germany my out look and my fellow countrymens outlook(as much as one person can have the audacity to speak for a nation) would probably be different,but,thats the way the cookie crumbled.
BTW,just for balance,there are plenty of British veterens who absoloutly hated with a vengence the nazis,and with that german troops in general for gooing along with them. Although war crimes were much rarer on the western fronts they did happen,even in the battle for france in 1940,POWs grenaded in barns by wSS troops and such like.Mind you,the other pov is one of the British VC winners from D Day felt no shame or hesitation in confessing to "mowing down countless surrendering jerries" with his sten gun,and then carving notches in the stock....