You are correct. We convinced ourselves we were the great beacon of light for the entire world due to propaganda galore as if we alone defeated evil. Then Korea and Vietnam challenged that idea and taught us different. I recall all the stories we were taught in school as children about how great all of our heroes were as if they were as pure as holy water and that was amplified by TV. Not taking away from the enormous bravery/success our troops displayed in WWII but sacrifices were made by all nations in the fight to defeat Japan and Germany.True but I doubt many Americans view it as such.
rgp; I wonder, what would we have done with those countries. And would it have been just as good an idea as patton proposed in the taking of russia as well. It was a team effort as mentioned and yes later engagements taught us some valuable lessons. And if you look now at our military status, you would see we rely way to heavy on less and less, while other nations strengthen theirs.
Wow.... And I thought I was old @83... I was 9 in '45. Remember Churchill on the radio... and then Truman, later announcing the Japanese surrender. Remember the gold stars in the windows on my street, and in grandma's house for uncle Jerry age 17... my best friend and hero.I'm one. I was THERE. Been there/done that.