Andy McDandy wrote:
To repeat what I said about this (much) earlier:
In a way, this is perfect for the DM. First of all, look who's writing the script - Stephen Fry. Public enemy number one. Then look at this in context - the remaking of an established classic movie, one that is British to its core, by an uppity colonial and those damned Yanks. Perfect for whipping up some outrage!
Out of all the things one could pick this planned film up on, they go for the name of the dog. Not the technical specifications of the aircraft or the bombs. Not the historical timeline. Not the message of the film - will it be an air-punching celebration of British pluck and ingenuity, of amateurish enthusiasm and improvisation versus regimented, mass-produced professional uniformity*, or maybe a more modern "war is hell" message? Do any of these things matter at all?
No. As long as the dog's called 'Nigger', they may as well set the bastard on the moon, and cast Justin Beebur and Miley Cyrus as the leads. Listen. You can hear them. "Gotta be called nigger. Need a dog called nigger. Nigger, nigger, nigger. Don't care about the rest of it. Just want to hear them say nigger. NEE-GAAAH!! Nigganigganigga, come to daddy. NIG! NIG! NIG!
So, in summary, what they really want to hear is people saying one of the most offensive and loaded words in the English language (and don't go all Chris Rock on me - it's different when he says it because a). his background puts him in the 'you don't know, you weren't there' box, b). yes it is different when a black person says it, and c). oh fuck it, come and explain to me - with diagrams - the importance (strategically, propaganda-wise, cultural legacy of) and impact (short and long term, and again militarily and culturally) of Operation Chastise, and if you can do that satisfactorially, then you can go on the roof and howl Nigger). Which suggests that their concern is not so much historical accuracy, but the importance of shouting Nigger.
Which kind of tells you a bit about them.
*From a Winston Churchill note to the British film induatry in 1943, British propaganda was to stress the 'let's all muck in and hope for the best' nature of the war effort, compared to the organised, professional and above all prepared nature of the Axis powers. A theme that continued in popular culture after the war, also known as "Disney morality**" and reached its zenith in the film "Cool Runnings".
**"Whatever you do is OK, because you're the good guys. Murder, lie, cheat, steal - OK, because you're the good guys. Meanwhile, the enemy (whoever that is) is incapable of doing right. Because they're the bad guys. That's Disney Morality.
If I could build on the "Keep buggering on" Vs "Teutonic efficiency" angle...
A quick study will show that German war production was (outside a few lucky strikes) haphazardly organised,
lacking in standardisation, and wasted vast quantities of resource on vanity projects. It relied heavily on competition between private contractors (admittedly all highly reliant on state contracts for profits).
By contrast the British were fairly effective at stepping up their war production through focus on necessary equipment,
converting civilian production to war industry and practical exploitation of innovation.
You won't hear a lot about that from the mail or the National curriculum since it took place on Ernest Bevin's watch
through the Emergency Powers and Defence act.
This runs counter to today's preferred views that "The state can't do things efficiently", "You can't let trade unionists run things".
It's worth mentioning that (of the other powers)
USA achieved a mass of production through outsourcing war production to its largest industries.
USSR did pretty well through radical standardisation, and ignoring anything that wasn't considered frontline (It can also be argued that where they gambled on specific technological solutions they won big).
Japan (Like USA) relied on its largest industries to build it's weapons. That they failed to accelerate war production while the USA did is open to debate.
My preferred theories are based on Japan's paucity of raw materials (coupled with USA's trade embargo), and the Military's head up arse insistence that fighting spirit alone mattered, and could counter any inferiority in equipment.