I didn't want to get too far off topic in the greatest tragedies thread so instead I decided to post this separately. This was in response to the latest on page five [that thread really took off eh? :surprised ]. On the re-writing of history: Back in Huntsville I ran into a WWII AF vet. I forget what squadron he was with, but he claimed that Japan did not surrender even with the second A-bomb; but only did when we continued with regular bombing of the Japanese cities. Allegedly he was on several of these missions. I have no idea if this is just his own skewed perspective or a fact lost to history. It was also reported some years ago that when large databases were merged from various countries around the world, a number of significant contradictions arose. I remember that Japan claimed that WWI [edit whoops, I meant WWII, not WWI] ended not by surrender but by mutual agreement. Also, Germany claims to have won WWI. There were others but I don't remember any more for now.