While watching the recent History Channel series, The World Wars, I noticed their General Douglas MacArthur running around the tunnels of Corregidor wearing his five-star General of the Army badge. It didn’t seem correct that MacArthur would have had that rank so early in his career so I Googled it. The act authorizing a fifth star wasn’t passed by Congress until December, 1944 and MacArthur fled the Philippines in April, 1942. So take that History Channel!
To their credit however, they placed the two world wars in a perspective that agrees with my own, that they were not separate events. The manner in which the first ended guaranteed the second would begin.