World Battlefronts: Debasing the Kudos?

"Blimey, wotta army!" exclaimed a wizened British corporal, just back from the Middle East, as he looked at bemedaled U.S. soldiers in London's streets, "Every bloomin' one of 'em an 'ero."

Last week Prime Minister Churchill, in parliamentary and much, much more tactful language, made a similar comment. He talked the House of Commons out of extending two overseas decorations to home services, declaring that he declined to "expand, inflate or dilute the currency" of Britain's medals. Leave that to the Germans, he said, who created 80 decorations in the last war and diluted the Iron Cross until it had little value...

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