"Twizzle, Twazzle, Twozzle, Twome; Time for this one to come home!"
I hate to say this, but if you know who that is, and also who said that phrase, you're old. Not old as in, you remember seeing it when it originally aired, but old as in, I doubt they have shown reruns of these cartoons for at least 20 years. After all, they are no where near politically correct.
For those who are curious, the picture is of Tooter Turtle. And the one who uttered the quoted phrase was Mr. Wizard the Lizard. Back in the early years of Saturday morning entertainment, cartoons weren't a half hour program. They were serials, like Underdog, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Tennessee Tuxedo.....
They would start a cartoon, but not finish it. They would show a short cartoon in between parts of the featured cartoon. Some of these short cartoons were more enjoyable than the featured cartoons.
They included such gems as, Tooter Turtle, The Hunter, Commander McBragg, Go-Go Gophers, and so many more.
Tooter Turtle was a filler for one of my favorites, The King and Odie.
So, now that we've taken a ride back in time, with a time traveling turtle, let's move on to todays subject.
How many of you have thought at some point, "Boy, I wish I had a time machine to go back in time"? Most people have. Either to fix a regret, buy stock in some company when it was cheap, change history, or some other reason.
It's a good fantasy, but it would be quite foolish to actually do it. See, there's a lot of theories on time travel. And some of the leading ones say time travel is one way. And that one way is back. You can go back in time, but then you're stuck there.
That's because the past has already happened. The future hasn't. That's one theory as to how nature would stop a paradox. When you go back ini time, you become part of that time. So the old, "what if you kill your grandfather preventing yourself from being born" would be rendered moot. You aren't from the future anymore. You're from the time you're in.
Personally, I think time travel is a foolish idea. You may go back in time to make things better for the future, but, without knowing how events would transpire, you may mess things up worse.
Let's look at a popular subject for time travel: Hitler. Many people have said that if they could have gone back in time to kill Hitler, the Holocaust and WWII would never have happened.
That's just R. O. N. G. wrong! Say you do kill Hitler. When would you do it? Before he comes to power, right? Say you go back to WWI and kill him in combat. Yay! Hitlers dead! The world is saved, right?
No. Killing Hitler in WWI would do nothing. It would have had zero effect on the outcome of the war. And that means, the conditions that allowed Hitler to come to power would still have existed. There would still have been massive poverty on Germany, with resentment towards the jewish peoples. Hitler wasn't the only anti-semite in Germany.
Some other charismatic person would have taken the helm of the National Socialists. Goering, maybe. He was, after all, a national hero from WWI. When the Red Baron was shot down, it was Goering who took command of the unit in his place.
And, unlike Hitler, Goering wouldn't have made the same mistakes Hitler did when it came to military decisions. He wouldn't have invaded the Soviets until the matter in the west was resolved and England taken care of. He, being a pilot, wouldn't have stifled the production of jet fighters, meaning Germany would have had them in 1943. German jets would have stopped the allied air forces cold.
And, Hitler was the one that ordered German scientists to stop working on nuclear weapons. And that was before the US had even started on them. Germany could have had the atomic bomb in 1944. Bye bye London!
And, if Germany never invades Russia, Russia and Germany remain allies. Once England is defeated, you suddenly have Germany and her ally Stalin only 50 miles from US territory. At that point, the US is screwed.
Now, I'll grant you that the above scenario is just one possibility. But, if you think about it, it's very plausible.
This is all interesting, but what does it have to do with todays post?
It almost happened.
During WWI, there was a soldier fighting for England on the western front in France. His name was Henry Tandy. A fairly nondescript name for a remarkable man. Henry was Englands most decorated soldier during the war. And, he was only a private.
In October of 1914, Henry and his unit were fighting at Marcoing, France. The Germans were advancing, and the French and British were doing all they could to stop them. After a day of heavy fighting, a lone German soldier, wounded and using his rifle as a crutch, was making his way back to his own lines, but ended coming very close to the British lines.
The soldier who was on watch was Henry. He raised his rifle and sighted on the target. The German looked at him, but made no move to defend himself. Henry lowered his rifle and told his comrades, "I will not shoot a wounded man." The German soldier, seeing Henry lower his rifle, raised his hand in a salute, and continued on.
Four years later, one of those amazing coincidences that occur in war happened. In september of 1918, Henry and his unit were on the attack. They were pushing the Germans back towards Germany. Once again, Henry found himself fighting at Marcoing.
His unit came under heavy machine gun fire. Henry took out the gun. He rescued wounded men. He rallied the troops. And as a result, he was awarded the Victoria Cross. This was Englands highest battle award, so Henry was photographed, and his picture was in all the newspapers.
After the war ended, a former German soldier happened to see a copy of that picture in the paper. The soldier recognized the man as the one who spared his life back in 1914. Finally, he could put a name to the person who spared his life. Adolf Hitler tore that picture out of the paper and carried it with him everywhere he went.
In 1923, the members of Henrys old unit commissioned a painting to commemorate their service in the great war. The chose a sketch one of their unit had made of a soldier carrying a wounded man out of harms way and to the aid station. That soldier was Henry.
The building in the background of the painting was a well known manor house. When the painting was completed, a copy was given to the owners of that house, and they hung it with pride.
In 1936, a member of Hitlers staff was sent a copy of the painting. Recognizing the house in the background as being the location of one of Hitlers battles in the great war, he had a large photograph taken, and had it delivered to Hitler.
Again, Hitler recognized the man who had spared his life. He had the photograph framed, and he hung it in a prominent location in the Berghof.
In 1938 the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlin, held a summit with Hitler at the Berghof. Hitler showed the photo to Chamberlin and told him the story of how Henry had spared his life. He asked Chamberlin to extend his gratitude to Henry upon his return to England. Chamberlin did as he was asked.
In his later years, Henry was heard many times lamenting the fact that he didn't pull the trigger on that day in 1914.
But if he had, would we be here today?
Henry could not identify the soldier he spared. The only evidence that can be produced to support this story as being true are Hitlers own words. Hitler believed he was the soldier Henry spared. I chose to share this story with you all because, even though there's no concrete evidence the soldier Henry spared was Hitler, Hitler certainly believed it. Many of his aids were told the story, and Chamberlin was asked to give Henry Hitlers thanks. Based on that, I find it to be close enough to true to make an oddities post out of it. But I can't prove it's true. And, I'm not going back in time to find out.