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I used to think that World War II took place on a field in Los Angeles (where I lived). I thought that you could just go to where the war was going on and watch it through a chain-link fence.
When I was little, I used to think that in wars the armies would fight by slapping each other with fake limbs (arms,legs). It makes sense, "army", "arm".
I used to believe that war was never fought by real human beings, but only by robots. I thought that people would never subject themselves to carnage of war, and would have inanimate robots fight the wars on their behalf as a proxy.
When I was little I couldn't really concieve of how a war could be "won," so I figured that there must be a giant scoreboard on the battlefield somewhere, and when one side got enough points, then the war was over and everyone went home.
When I was younger I thought that the Cold War was named "cold war" because of how cold it was in the Soviet Union compared to the United States. Anytime anyone talked about the Cold War, I would picture a bunch of soldiers and tanks in the middle of a gigantic blizzard.
I used to believe that a war was a real competition like a football match where a country would take a million or so people and let them shoot each other on some deserted piece of countryside until one country had nobody left, this meant I thought both World Wars were big tournaments like the World Cup, and Britain beat Germany in the final both times.
I was into wars and battles when I was a child, I used to believe that if I was a pilot in the war and captured in Germany that I could blag my way out of it and say I loved Germany, I thought they would give
me my own german plane, then I would fly back to England and be free.
I used to believe that wars were won by one person. For instance if a soldier had a medal it was because he had personally won a war. This tied in nicely with my belief that you got to be a general by winning a war....
Being young and naively honest, I didn't realize that war was based on deception: The suprise attack-the deception that there is no plan to attack. I thought that the war chiefs would call each other and arrange a meeting time for their soldiers to fight each other. Along with this was the belief that they had to use a vacant field as a battleground. This was how my mind made sense of the question, "How do they know when and where to fight?"
i used to believe that the Civil war was called the Silver war. i also thought that there was a Gold war and Bronze war too.
This is actually a common belief among children. But, when I was little, I used to believe that the Cival War was called the Silver War.
I used to believe that the "armory" was the "army" and the war was being fought there. I was afraid to walk on the street where the "armory" was located.
I used to believe the gulf war was fought using exploding golf balls, or at least told people that. I'm not certain if I believed or not. I did think the gulf mentioned was spelt golf, though.
I used to believe that in war it was very controled. I thought that the two armys fighting against eachother would line up and face eachother with only about 6 feet in between them. The governer or some head official would stand on the edge inbetween the 2 armys. He would say to one army "You may shoot" and one person would step forward and shoot someone from the other army. Then the governer would say to the other army "You may shoot" and they would keep taking turns shooting eachother untill all the soldiers on one side where dead. Yes as you can tell i wasnt very smart and i guess im still kind of dumb considering i just a moment ago forgot how to spell dead. hehe
When I was around 8 or 9 I used to believe that the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" (the first shot in the American Revolution) was the biggest home run ever in baseball.
When my father talked about Cold War, I used to believe that the Cold War was about the soldiers who were fighting in the wintertime and they were frozen to death. Also I thought that the Cold War was just fighting with snowballs.
I thought that the gulf war was the "golf war" and everyone was fighting over a golf course. I was about 6 at the time
I used to believe that War was a physical place our soldiers went to fight -- a town consisting solely of a field with hills and trees. So, if someone "went to War," they fought the battle there and returned to their home town when it was over. Little did I know the reality. God bless our men and women defending our country. I am proud of each and every one of them.
I was just three when the war ended and I used to lay in bed, under the blankets, and listen to these big bees flying over.
It was years before I realised I had been hearing doodlebugs.
Whenever i heard the beatles song war is over i always got really confused as i thought they were singing about one of the world wars but i knew they couldn't be old enough to be singing (or even born)just after both had ended. I decided they must be singing about world war 2 and carried this in my head till i was thirteen and i was embarisinglly corrected by my mother