Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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Desperate times demand desperate measures, and no time in history was as desperate as the most powerful nations in the world determined to destroy each other. It was the time of World War II, and the Allies were running out of the necessary resources needed to manufacture military and naval equipment. One of them was steel. In the North Atlantic, the British fleet was pounding against German U-boats. Allied supply ships were being intercepted by German U-boats on their way to sea and sunk at an alarming rate. Aircraft could protect ships, but they could not be deployed in the middle of the ocean without aircraft carriers, and those things were massive and required enormous amounts of steel to manufacture, which were in short supply. . What was needed was a way to land and refuel without overtaxing the aircraft's already strained resources.