Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Remembering "The Few"

Among the extraordinary number of anniversaries this year is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Today there have been commemorative ceremonies for the pilots who fought off the Luftwaffe's attempt to gain air superiority over Britain.

If they had failed, our country, and much of the rest of the world, might have been conquered by the Nazi regime, a cause approached by few, and surpassed by none, in its' degree of evil and depravity.

As Churchill said at the time, with a Nazi victory the world would have fallen

"into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science."

He was also right to say of those, particularly the RAF pilots and those volunteers who flew with them from other countries, who held off the Nazi attack,

"Never, in the field of human conflict, was so much owed, by so many, to so few."

1 comment:

Jim said...

I dont want to take anything from those brave men (and actually women who delivered the aircraft, though they were never allowed to fly in combat, it was very often women who flew new spitfires [unarmed as they would not give women armed aircraft] to their squadrons)

they were indeed very brave people.

Though i would still kill to fly a spitfire,
(Its a seperate thing I would have to add to the licence as its a tail dragger, but that would be do-able if it meant i got a go in one)
They fly like a dream apparently.