The Other I

August 20, 2010

A unique never

Filed under: The English — theotheri @ 8:25 pm

Never in the course of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

70 years ago today, Churchill delivered one of his iconic war-time speeches that did so much keep up the morale of the British during World War II.

He was reporting to Parliament on the success of Royal Air Force planes in shooting down Hitler’s Luftwaffe that was trying to gain control of the air space over Britain prior to a land invasion.  Night after night, wave after wave of German bombers arrived, dropping their deadly cargo over London and other English cities and industrial sites important to the war effort.

Fighting them off was a dangerous and terrifying job for young RAF pilots who often had only minimal training.

But they downed enough German planes so that eventually Hitler backed off, turning his eyes east instead to begin the invasion of Russia.

It was not the beginning of the end.  But that summer might have been what Churchill called “the end of the beginning.


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