Discussions on all aspects of the United States of America during the Inter-War era and Second World War. Hosted by Carl Schwamberger.
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to bring it back to WW2, FDR had a few marines posted outside the White house after Dec 7th, and IRC a couple were posted around the capital building and other important DC buildings. While this may seem a rather weak defense, you must remember that FDR only had to worry about Japanese/German spies, saboteurs, and Assassins which doesn't even compare to what Congress faced in 2021. So you can see why we needed 25,000 NG compared to a few marines.
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Aren't Canadians sometimes described as "wet-backs in buffalo robes"?
If one guy in a buffalo robe can pin down 25,000 National Guards, the USA must be running really scared of the looming threat from north of the 49th parallel!
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Nah, its politics. When anyone realizes a dozen average Marines can stand in for 25,000 NG its over for the NG system & a large chunk of the DoD.
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Sid Guttridge wrote: ↑
22 Apr 2021 21:22
Aren't Canadians sometimes described as "wet-backs in buffalo robes
This is an obviously false old Yankee wives' tale. The bison is a protected species in Canada, so we can't get buffalo robes. No, we are in fact known as "wet-backs in Hudson Bay blankets". Get it straight, okay? (Sorry, that should be "Get it straight, eh?".)
Of course, we sometimes describe some Americans this way in news headlines: "Wet-backs from Buffalo rob Hudson Bay store".