WW II Allies matched up in Euro Cup semi

It’s intriguing that Italy and Germany play Thursday in a match for the ages in historic Warsaw. How interesting is that?

Derek Chiapala wrote on Yahoo Sports: “I know that the European Championship is all about soccer, but it will be interesting to see if the broadcast mentions how two World War II allies are meeting in the city where the Warsaw Uprising took place nearly 70 years ago.

I don’t think any broadcaster is going to go there. Do you?

Italy defeated Englad in penalty kicks to advance to the semifinal. There were two players named Ashley who both missed PKs for England. My son and I said, ‘Don’t let another Ashley take a shot.”

Most people feel a PK is a sure goal but it isn’t, especially when so much is on the line.

Tuesday night my son was chosen to take a penalty kick during his match and he hit the left post.

He felt so terrible but I reminded him of the Ashleys.

If a game comes down to PKs, anything can happen and that’s what makes it bloody exciting.

Will you be watching the Germany-Italy game Thursday?

Today’s semi is between Portugal and Spain.


7 thoughts on “WW II Allies matched up in Euro Cup semi

  1. To Canadians who was involved in that era, it is wonderful to see these players in war-torn Europe meet on the sports field, not a battlefield. Just pull a map of c 1942 (the year of our ill-fated Dieppe raid on the Continent on August 19) to understand how things were back then, the US just making its presence known overseas.
    Not sure it’s helpful for today’s sports columnists over here to pick at old European wounds, when those involved overseas are handling it with grace, just to draw some online eyeballs in the 21st century. One doesn’t get the feeling the ‘Chiapala’ surname family was victimized by the Axis to harbour bitterness..

  2. Old Battles,
    You mention Dieppe and I have just finished the kids’ book Prisoner of Dieppe, an historical fiction work by Hugh Brewster that is part of the I Am Canada series, published by Scholastics Canada.
    It was given to my son and I wanted to read it to see how a children’s book would portray this operation in which about 900 Canadian soldiers perished.
    The book pulls no punches. It tells of the slaughter on the beach and the horrific conditions in the prisons.
    I am not sure if I like the idea of historical fiction as there is such a blurring of the line between fact and fiction. In an age when too many people believe everything they see and read, it can be distressing to think our history lessons are being re-shaped by fiction writers.
    The end of Prisoner of Dieppe does have a section on the facts of Dieppe, complete with historical photographs, including pictures of three of the men who survived the Dieppe raid and German POW camp. There is also a photo of severely emaciated soldiers who survived a four-month death march.
    The 70th anniversary is sure to be bitter for some.

    • Some writers present the “victim” side of war only and the evil
      enemy. Others approach it from the valuable service of our military
      men. Reviews of that book suggest the message was the courage
      of our military men, not just the cruelty of the enemy the bad guys.
      A local man lost at Dieppe is in the London Books of Remembrance
      (copied to his Virtual War Memorial file at VAC site) was Lt.Colonel
      GORDON HOWARD MCTAVISH – he’s the often-overlooked
      brother in Mona McTavish Gould’s ww2 poem “This Was My Brother”.
      (Confusion re her age in the dollhouse incident but it was in WWI.)
      A new addition to this VWM file is a contemporary news story about
      those who survived the raid – very interesting.
      It’s no secret that event had terrible results for Canadian families –
      the casualty lists in the newspapers went on and on. Everyone
      knew someone’s wife/family of a Fallen, PoW or those who got
      back. But Canadians understood that was War, we chose this
      alternative to letting the Nazis win. Great things will be asked
      of those who volunteer, we all knew there was a price to pay for
      an eventual victorious outcome
      There was always another family worse off, people did not wallow
      in self-pity and bitterness.People of that time ran thewar as best
      they could and armchair rehashing is offensive to many.But your
      boy might offset fictionto read reporting by such as legendary
      Ross Munro who was there.
      Harder to find online are the Reports of C.P. Stacy, Official army
      historian, the debriefings about life in enemy camps and how our
      men handled themselves, so many civilians so recently not pro
      Many are proud that a kinsman served in that dangerous
      mission – getting our side back on the Continent for the first time
      since the Dunkirk evacuation “He that sheds his blood with me
      shall be my brother…”
      Yes we have a name on the Dieppe honour roll, and an incomplete
      V mail form addressed to an architect friend now PoW. The writer
      couldn’t get past ” I talked with your wife today..”.What does one
      say when one’s own officer husband got back safely ?
      Suggest you not get your son Hong Kong books until he’s old enough
      to deal with real violence, not just electronic games and movies.

  3. Kathy, if your boy is adept on your computer, I’ve found something about
    Col. McTavish that can be made into a JPEG image to support an addition
    to his VWM file.
    He could even give his name in the cutline as “source” even credit his school
    he wants to work it up for a Remembrance Day project.
    – Interested?
    Once into this trove of family and military material, it becomes a fount of
    interest and information on individuals, communities and war roles going back
    to South Africa/Boer War 1899, right up to today. Being able to make an image/
    text submission to VWM can be a real thrill, if the file is longempty of contributions.
    -This clipping shows military Items offered at auction a few years ago, suggesting
    the breaking up of an estate. Where they got to is unknown here except to
    auction house client files. Possibly donated to a museum for safe keeping..

  4. Well, if anyone out there in your Readiing Room needs a good work that is
    easy, educational.and ‘patriotic’, City of London WW2 Books of Remembrance
    (online 2005) need to have images of entries copied to the matching identity
    files on the Virtual War Memorial of Canada (began online only, interactivec2000).
    You might even find a forgotten extended family “fallen” as we did, and be able to
    add to that file.
    It’s so obvious a Remembrance Day activity for students. Sometimes they are
    encouraged to talk with more fortunate men and women, now elderly, who did
    came home to familly, jobs in 1945/6, talking about their wartime adventures –
    the very opposite of Canada’s War Dead of the mid-20th century. Most died
    without even knowing which side finally won the war.
    And this activity sharpens one’s eye for remembrance items that can be photoed,
    JPEG to the VWM – eg plaques in churches, businesses, schools like the unique
    hand done one with old London names at St. George’s School up Waterloo St.

    • I realize you understand the value of this centralized Fallen individual
      identity project. Remember, one can add to the files, and also take
      image copies from them – it is a sharing concept, still can’t find out who
      originally thought of it – still unique to our country apparently
      You may not be aware that when the London Books went online a man
      called Chris Howell in City Planning prepared a brochure will all the
      names and ones that were not in the “Books”. An amazing amount of
      dedication and scholarship.
      If you ever want a story, you might contact him about how it was done –
      it is said he’s working up all the local Fallennames from the Great War
      for the Citywebsite. Wonder if he can have it finalized when WWI
      anniversaries start being commemorated in a couple of years.
      The Boer War war dead names are easily found on the IODE “soldier”
      war memorial in Victoria Park. A couple of those file have letters
      from families solicited for gravemarker funds, this being years before
      the WWI-inspired Grave Marking/Cemeteries activity of the Imperial/
      now-Commonwealth War Graves Commission grave marking plan.

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