I have mentioned before how much I love that this country marks their significant anniversaries, and the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain is no different. Today saw one of the events that have been held to mark this significant event in the history of the UK. I remember when I first felt the impact of this event, I was about 14 years old at the time, living in South Africa and although I was of British decent, I really did not know much about the country beyond what we learned in school and the memories of my Grandfather – who gave me his War Medals when I was about 15 or so (sadly they got stolen during one of numerous burgleries we experienced in SA).
When I recall the movie ‘The Battle of Britain’ that I saw back then, it still gives me goosebumps. I sobbed for days afterwards and never forgot the impact it had on me. I have since had a long-held fascination with WW2. Now to be living in the UK is just beyond amazing to me. The last few weeks have of course seen many events leading up to the date – today a ‘Fly-Past’.
A bit of history: The Battle of Britain (German: Luftschlacht um England or Luftschlacht um Großbritannien) is the name given to the air campaign waged by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940. The objective of the campaign was to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force (RAF), especially Fighter Command. The name derives from a famous speech delivered by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the House of Commons: “The Battle of France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin………”
I recently went walk-about through London….as I do and along the Victoria Embankment is a wonderful memorial reminding us of the Men and Women who so bravely fought against this invasion; a poignant reminder – Lest we Forget.
Since then the famous quote by Churchill has become part of that history…. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”. Winston Churchill – On the Battle of Britain – now remembered as one of his most significant quotes.
The British Ambassador’s response to a German ultimatum:
“We’re not easily frightened. Also we know how hard it is for an army to cross the Channel — the last little corporal to try it came a cropper. So don’t threaten or dictate to us until you’re marching up Whitehall! …and even then we won’t listen!”
The ‘spirit’ of WW2 lives on…………….