H was invincible once.
Strange echoes in this Special Military War.
It started with tanks massing on the border, then rolling across the border, like they did in ’39. Then a few weeks back there were the discoveries at Bucha, and then we were all talking about war-crimes tribunals like the ones at The Hague and indeed Nuremberg.
Now Mariupol won’t fall. There was a city on the Volga that wouldn’t fall, I remember. The grain elevator in Stalingrad held out for a very long time, just as the steelworks in Mariupol has held out for a very long time.
And now we’re building up for a big tank battle along that eastern border. That’s happened before, more than once. There are three Battles of Kharkiv (Kharkov) described on Wikipedia, although the decisive WWII tank battle on the Eastern Front happened a little way North, at Kursk — that one, the aggressor lost.
Not that any of this means anything, of course. Another odd detail I’ve noticed: the term “War Machine” has a new owner. Television is never short of documentaries, etc., about “H’s War Machine” (I don’t type the name), the phrase always spoken in a big, tough voice.
Almost as though H’s War Machine didn’t ultimately break down, run out of petrol, fail. [My local model shop has a big (briefcase-sized) radio-controlled Tiger Tank in the window. Bet it works better than the over-engineered, unreliable, defeated original.]
Now there’s TV-talk about “P’s War Machine” (just decided: ditto). The phrase always spoken in a big. tough voice. I wonder…
By way of an irrelevant footnote: I went to my TV the other day, to find out more about the sinking of the Moskva, and found first the closing moments of that ancient movie Sink the Bismarck! (1960). Watched that scene in which the victorious sailors on the bridge watch the Bismarck sink … and then clicked on to the Moskva.