13/08/2019 at 10:59 #119814
“What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say…
‘This was their finest hour.”
"Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"
"I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"14/08/2019 at 23:50 #119958
that’s a really nice painting. I love how it catches the landing gear almost up as they’re scrambling.
Here’s my Battle Of Britain image.
I’d also note there’s a great podcast series on the Battle of Britain from Binge Thinking History Podcast- it has a daily bulletin for each day durring the summer of 1940. It really brought the whole history of it home to me in a big way. Highly recommend giving that series a listen. It begins with exactly that quote from Churchill.
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