Ha- I was amused by the ‘German Sitcom’ joke and was going to say that I could recall a funny one, and googled it to get the name, but discovered that the show [Ein Herz und eine Seele] was a German remake of the BBC’s ‘Till Death Us Do Part’. South Africa was the subject of the Equity boycott, so I never saw the original- just the German version dubbed into Afrikaans [with the German simulcast on the radio].
Doubt if there is a German equivalent. The French call the British, Germans with humour. Which I find quite funny really.
Mentioned it to a German friend of mine, and he didn’t see the funny side at all!
These are brilliant. I remember seeing a Carling Black Label ad when I lived in the UK in the late 80s that had a German soldier doing doccer saves, knocking bouncing bombs over a dam. The punch line from the Lanc pilots was “I bet he drinks Carling Black Label”. Carling had made a 10,000pound donation to the Dam Busters Assoc and they were happy with the humour. At a similar time there was a sudafed ad here using the dam busters theme and the RSA moaned like a bunch of old women about it. Can’t please everyone I guess.
Very, very good, and even better that in In-Ger-Lund such humour is still allowed.
But I hope it is not going to convey the impression that ‘the Spitfire won the Battle of Britain’ or ‘the Spitfire won the war’, because it didn’t.
It is still a widely believed myth that the Spitfire ‘won the Battle of Britain’, when the facts are that the Hurricane, a less elegant aircraft, equipped two-thirds of Fighter Command squadrons committed to the battle and accounted for 80 percent of German losses.
That is not to say that the Spitfire was not the aircraft it was and is acclaimed to be. Pilots — and a good many Kiwis among them — rated it as the best they had flown. I’ve known a couple who told me they felt safer in the Hurricane and the American P40 Kittyhawk/Tomahawk because of their ability to absorb enormous punishment.
Oh, and a friend of mine (a Kiwi) who served several years as an officer in an armoured regiment in the British Army of the Rhine in the 70s and 80s told me the ‘don’t mention the war (var)’ taunt was a joke on the Brits — the West German Bundesheer was a much better-equipped and better-trained Army than the British, and German officers and Other Ranks were better paid and had better conditions than their erstwhile conquerors.
“Doubt if there is a German equivalent. The French call the British, Germans with humour. Which I find quite funny really.
Mentioned it to a German friend of mine, and he didn’t see the funny side at all! ”
Whats really funny is the reaction of Germans to those “Downfall” parodies on youtube. “But but….das is not wot Hitler ist saying!”