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That video was overly awesome, I must say. Now, I do not wish to watch the whole episode, so if you could please inform me of whether or not the pilot died I would be very appreciative.
Glad you like it, and nope, he's not dead, mainly bc he's japanese and has a girl's heart to capture. Wait, did I only say one girl's? :p
 

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Glad you like it, and nope, he's not dead, mainly bc he's japanese and has a girl's heart to capture. Wait, did I only say one girl's? :p
Those Japanese are crazy. Also, I had an idea he wouldn't die. He was the silent brooding hero with a score to settle.

Now, back to the French!
 

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C&D - I'm actually slightly offended, I think this has far more plot than anything Mr Bay has ever done. ;)

Just because something features gratutious destruction doesn't mean it can't be relevant to the plot....
I apologize, that was uncalled for. Nobody deserves to be compared to Micheal Bay. Still, I hope you can keep a higher standard of story telling than mr. Bay (who has no story to tell).
 
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I apologize, that was uncalled for. Nobody deserves to be compared to Micheal Bay. Still, I hope you can keep a higher standard of story telling than mr. Bay (who has no story to tell).
How can the gratuitous violence be senseless if it is directed along a well thought out plot??? and we know the movie viewing public demand senseless violence! (SAW VI will be my chosen case in point)(VI??? seriously... This concept hardly warranted a I let alone the subsequent V... )
 

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Kurt_Steiner - Indeed, where do you think I got the idea from?

This was going to be a completely different update when I first planned it, but then I was inspired by Archie's heroics :D
I'm speechless... Canonized will kill me... another good AARtist gone mad because of my dark influences...

:p
 

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I'm speechless... Canonized will kill me... another good AARtist gone mad because of my dark influences...
I was mad long before that as I believe my previous works prove.

Plus I'm probably already on Canonized hit list for my support for phargle ;)
 

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Good stuff, Pippy. I'm back with you and at last current again.

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The sad tale of the Eiffel Tower's collapse prompted the heavy to burst out laughing and even raised a rare grin from the trenchcoat. As they appreciated the dark comedy of Montbel's tale his voice continued in the background.

"Such convoys were my entire life at the time, my waking hours were spent either loading or unloading the trucks and my only chance to sleep was when the trucks started moving. And can I just say it is amazing how quickly even a lifelong desk-bound bureaucrat like myself can learn to sleep anywhere when there are no other options. Such lessons in how far I could push myself were among the few bright spots in my own personal sea of darkness."

The heavy nodded his appreciation, it was his considered opinion bureaucrats of all types would benefit from 'toughening up', a job he would willingly do for free in many cases.

"The bombardment of Paris by bomb and shell continued, as our circuitous routes weaved through the city the truck's driver would shake me awake to see the most heart rending tragedy; the shattered roof of the Grand Palais, the de-towered ruin of Notre Dame, the crater where once the Lourvre had stood." The voice stopped and fought down the emotion.

"Had it not been for the black humour of our military escort I doubt I would have made it, I still remember out outrider's laconic comment 'Well that's the 4th buggered.' as we passed the burnt out wreckage of Les Invalides. Though I suppose he was right, for all of the commanding general's optimism the 4th Armoured's desperate counter-attack barely reached the city limits before being thrown back. What was the commander's name? de Gaultier? de Galles? What does it matter I suppose? What is one dead general among a division of dead soldiers? Why is the leader more worthy of 'heroic' memorial than his men?

It was a profound question, one sadly wasted on the heavy who had engrossed himself in the paper while he waited the next instruction from his listening boss.
 

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Oh, the humanity! Kill the civilians, torture the soldiers, plunder the banks. Just don't destroy the monuments! Have you no mercy!?
 

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De Gaulle is dead?

What a pity...








Horray!!!! :D (Winnie & Me Dixit)
 
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Hard to resist the urge to cheer... DeGaulle and 4 monuments... Its like getting a perfect score in a video game and heading to the bonus level!!!:D

I just watched a portion of Blackhawk Down last night and your description of the convoy racing through the city made me think of the HumVees attempting to find a way through the piecemeal roadblocks to get to their goal (the downed chopper in that scenario). The biggest difference is that Mogadishu had more monuments remaining... :D
 

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C&D - The fortunes of war are harsh on architecture, there was a reason Paris was declared an open city.

Kurt_Steiner - Dead and forgotten in obscurity, it's a two for one deal. :D

Enewald - Yep!

Bafflegab - Could be worse, could be TTL post-war Paris. Or Petainville as it's resident call it. His stern face looking down from a thousand statues and a million posters...
 
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Kurt_Steiner - Dead and forgotten in obscurity, it's a two for one deal. :D
You have prompt me to inject a little more cruelty into my plot for my AAR. So what do you think about Winston as a man? :p

Anyways, good writing, but you don't have the evil enough according to my standard. :p
 

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You have prompt me to inject a little more cruelty into my plot for my AAR. So what do you think about Winston as a man? :p
Make a marthyr of him, I'll bring him gladly to santity, even if he's not quite Papist :rofl:
 
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Petain a martyr and De Gaulle a historical footnote (if that); puts the "alt" in alt history for sure.

Wonder where that convoy is headed ...
 

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gaiasabre11 - Something someone else has done isn't as good as something you've done? :confused: How unexpected. You'll be saying the sun rises in the East next! :p

Kurt_Steiner - I've always thought actual religion is a trivial detail in sainthood.

DonnieBaseball - I'm aiming for different
 
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"It is said no good deed goes unpunished, before the war I would have dismissed this as rank cynicism. Indeed even prior to the Battle of Paris I think I still had enough faith in natural justice to doubt it, at least I hope I did. In any event the Battle of Paris destroyed that faith once and from all." Montbel sighed and continued.

"I wish it was something noble that trigged it, or at least something grand, the pointless sacrifice of the men of the 4th Armoured perhaps, but it wasn't. No it was my entirely personal upset that after my 'good work' organising the evacuation convoys I would not be going home to Bordeux with the rest of the fleeing government. Instead I was ordered to Nice to oversee the shipping of the convoys to Corsica and North Africa. My 'reward' for risking life and limb was the chance to take even more risks while being even less comfortable!"

"While the convoy troops were sympathetic with my discovery of this universal truth they were not surprised and advised me to expect more of the same should I be successful again. Indeed one cheerful soul pointed out that undoubtedly the man who sent me and appreciated it would doubtless not make it while anybody I had 'blown up' would surely survive the war. Depressingly he was entirely right on that score."

The heavy nodded his approval at the wisdom of this unknown soldier.

"Possibly as an attempt to cheer me up, or perhaps for their own cynical sport, they advised I would soon get over it; soon I'd be too busy worrying about the Italians primed to burst over the Alps and over-run Nice to care about anything else."