Posted by: sommecourt | 10/07/2010

Remembering The Battle of Britain

Today is the 70th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain. Growing up in Sussex memories of the battle were everywhere; I remember finding my first bit of crashed German aircraft as a kid in the 70s. It’s hard now, 70 years later, to think how alone Britain stood in 1940, and how powerful Churchill’s words must have been:

“What General Weygand has 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 civilisation. 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 freed 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.”

During the 70th Anniversary period the RAF Museum will be running a Battle of Britain Blog:

http://www.battleofbritainbeacon.org/

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