Damien on… One The Americans LOST
Elsewhere in these ramblings, I have ruminated on how America has attempted to RE-INVENT everything, to convince themselves (and any other gullible people) that it was THEY who invented language, dates, measures, standards, etc.
You can find the piece HERE… http://morpheusatloppers.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/morpheus-on-americas-obsession/
But there is ONE thing they FELL DOWN on – “Alfa-Bravo-Charlie”.
In 1927, the International Telecommunication Union had formally adopted the Alfa-Bravo-Charlie phonetic alphabet. Its history went back even further, it having been jointly developed by the British and French. However, there were others (during WW1, the British Navy had gone with Apples-Butter-Charlie) – so the ITU decided that to avoid confusion, standardisation was required. Fine.
But in WW2, along came America, with their “Able-Baker-Charlie” – and for a while, the RAF used it.
However, THIS time, their attempt to impress their system on the World FAILED. NATO adopted Alfa-Bravo-Charlie; thus it became the official International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet – and is now the WORLD STANDARD.
Outside of the USA, Able-Baker-Charlie is DEAD.