It's an old adage that the victors write the history, but in many ways WWII (and later wars) were being rewritten as they happened. War correspondents wrote often self-serving stories from military commanders that became iconic as they were repeated around the world. Governments weren't above using the smallest victory as propaganda to "keep up morale." Today, the repetition of these stories have become truth simply because they have been repeated so often. I think it's worth examining some of this created history and I'll start with the Battle of Britain. Did those brave Spitfire pilots really stop Operation Sea Lion, or was that ad hoc plan a loser from the start? Hitler had no control of the sea and therefore no way to successfully launch an invasion or supply any troops if he managed to get them across, control of the air or not. I'd suggest there was a little group called the Royal Navy that predetermined the outcome. That isn't meant to take anything away from those brave pilots, but wasn't that history really created by Churchill's "Never was so much owed by so many to so few" speech? Or am I wrong? I suspect a bunch of Generals in Berlin were rolling their eyes at the plan from the beginning, but again... perhaps I'm wrong... What other "history" do we take for granted?