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speaking of bees in my bonnet, this one is french

Remember the pitch for Windows on the World?

"The only way to know what happened in the restaurant at the 107th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11 2001, between 8:30 and 10:29 AM is to make it up."

Not necessarily. A little research goes a long way.

The cell phone calls made from participants in the Risk Waters Conference at Windows on the World indicate that everybody on the 107th floor was ordered down to the 106th floor, and they waited there for the help that never arrived. But the smoke from the fires on the lower floors rushed up the elevator shafts, which operated like chimneys, and within minutes the smoke was so thick on the 106th floor that visibility was reduced to ten feet. Some of the staff of the restaurant were on the phone to the Fire Command Center in the lobby, and they got the advice for everybody to wet towels and keep them over their faces. But the water pipes were broken and there was no water. In a phone call to his wife, a waiter, January Maciejweski, said he was looking for water in the flower vases.
---Out of the Blue: The Story of September 11, 2001, From Jihad to Ground Zero by Richard Bernstein and the staff of The New York Times, pp. 205, 206

Just so you know.

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What you mean everyone wasn't sipping martinis and gang banging each other? I'm sure the French reading public will be disappointed.

The amazing part about the pitch is that French publishers know that the public will readily lap this stuff up...

I'm sure a little thing like the truth won't stand in the way of the pitch...

Michele, don't confuse reality with the facts. Lilli doesn't. My dad's memories of Germans:

The Group remained in this area with Combat Command B, out on a limb, reported annihilated by German radio, until relieved by the 6th Armored Division on the 14th. While in this area the enemy in Lorient used his 170mm high velocity gun extensively, augmenting it with his heavy ack-ack guns. The M-7s with their 105ís were no defense or counterbattery weapon against guns emplaced behind reinforced concrete of four to seven meter thickness. Since the enemy had closed in on our rear, supplies and ammunition were brought in by convoy with tank escort.