Alternative history unwelcome among WW II buffs

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Mathematicians’ stab at alternative history unwelcome among WW II buffs

Mathematicians’ stab at alternative history unwelcome among WW II buffs

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Many, if not most, historians have maintained for eight decades that Germany could have won the Battle of Britain had Adolf Hitler just done a couple of things differently.

Recently, six mathematicians created a new methodology and essentially proved them right, sparking a social media outcry among Second World War buffs, warbird fanatics and proud Britons who would prefer to let their “finest hour” speak for itself.

“Bugger off,” wrote Peter Hollis, whose Facebook cover photo is a flapping Union Jack, “we won.”


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Story by Sharon Adams

In June 1943, a German agent penetrated a network in France set up to bring large numbers of escaped Allied airmen back to Britain.

A new one was urgently needed. MI9, the British military intelligence department, entrusted the task, code-named Operation Bonaparte, to a pair of French-Canadian volunteer spies.


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