The British fighting spirit in World War II

Sunday, March 6, 2011; 8:00 PM

Michael Gerson ["What the doughboys gave us," op-ed, March 4] correctly wrote that after World War I, America lost the innocence manifested in the League of Nations but not "the sense of national purpose" that would be reflected in the D-Day invasion. But he contrasted this with "Europe's failure of nerve" after World War I.

On D-Day the British at Sword Beach were right beside the Americans at Omaha Beach. Overall in World War II, there were 417,000 American military deaths (mainly on the Pacific front), 217,000 French deaths and 383,000 deaths for the United Kingdom.

In essence, both the Americans and the Europeans were fighting for their homelands. The Europeans did not lose their sense of national purpose.

Claude Kacser, Rockville

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