It’s time to shatter the myths of the Battle of Britain

Today commemorated the climax of the Battle of Britain. You know the one, the one they made films about. And those few we still remember

‘The Few’ were immensely courageous, but the image of plucky Little Britain, David against the Goliath of Nazi Germany, is completely misleading

Seventy-five years ago today, fierce aerial battles were taking place over London and southern England, and later that evening, after the fighting was over and there was still no sign of a German invasion, reporters on the news announced some 185 enemy planes had been shot down. To all who heard it, and a large proportion of the population did, it appeared a significant victory had been won. Later, it emerged Sunday September 15 had also been the target date for Operation Sealion, the planned German cross-Channel invasion. With the RAF Fighter Command still in robust health, attempting such a high-risk venture was unthinkable. Two days later, Hitler postponed Sealion and then, on October 12, put it off indefinitely. Air battles continued and the night-time blitz lasted until May the following year, but the risk of invasion had passed.

Britain won because it was ready and prepared to fight such a battle

Few moments in British history have been so mythologised, however. Woven into the story is the image of plucky Little Britain, David against the Goliath of Nazi Germany. We portray ourselves as backs-to-the-wall amateurs, with those young and gallant Few the last line of defence against the mighty Molloch – after all, the Home Guard were not going to be much good against hordes of Panzers. By a whisker, we held out – but it was a close run thing and thank God Hitler decided to switch from attacking airfields and turned on London instead. It was tough on the East End, but it gave the RAF breathing space and the fight back was on.

Source: It’s time to shatter the myths of the Battle of Britain – Telegraph

That’s pretty much true, and I think we should add that fully integrated air defence system (in the summer of 1940) is above all one of the bequests to his country of Neville Chamberlin. For this is what he bought for Britain at Munich with his ‘piece of paper’. He too is one of the few, who placed his honour and his courage at the disposal of his country. Americans will recognize that we had nothing like it in Hawaii, over a year later.

And here is a bit more of the most beautiful aircraft ever built.

 

 

 

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19 Responses to It’s time to shatter the myths of the Battle of Britain

  1. the unit says:


    Well, Heck it was just a bunch of young people wanting to cross the channel. Hopefully we will have in the final a few conservatives holding on about this border business.
    Duh, can you imagine Churchy saying…
    “We can have a legitimate debate about how to set up an immigration system that is fair and orderly and lawful,” Obama told the crowd.
    “But, when I hear folks talking as if somehow these kids are different from my kids, or less worthy in the eyes of God, that somehow they are less worthy of our respect and consideration and care — I think that’s un-American. I do not believe that. I think it is wrong.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/anti-immigrant-discourse-un-american-obama-010930059.html

    On topic through…myth was England was incompetent and not ready? Is that right?

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    • NEO says:

      England was more ready than they let on. They had done a lot of work after about 1937, particularly in air defense. Ground forces they were hurting, not least because they had commitments everywhere.

      back in 1803-05 Lord St. Vincent said, about Napoleon, “I don’t say he cannot come, only that he cannot come by sea.” That pretty well sums up 1940 as well. The RAF and the Luftwaffe were pretty well matched, but the Germans had neglected effective medium and long range bombers. It cost them the war in the west, and likely the​ war, period. I love WSC as you know, but he was lucky in what he inherited as PM, as well.

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      • the unit says:

        And at least Obama bin lied well doesn’t have his bust.

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  4. Now there is a “Channel” Highway to Britain (under the sea)! Not to mention an unleashed immigration! Btw, it appears America is bringing many people to America these days who do NOT share a wit of the Judeo-Christian ethic!

    *My father flew and fought in the Battle of Britain, RIP!

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  5. the unit says:

    Late and OT. But not listening to the talking heads.
    I can hardly imagine I watched it all…debates. But I did. Rand need to quit because of his 5 o’clock shadow, like Nixon back then. Carly next because she the smartest, but we just had that one, Occidental, Somewhere Else, then Harvard.
    I stick with the meanest to stay in and win. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Same here, I’m still liking Carly, more than the rest, anyway. But heck, any of them is a world better than any of the donks, even Trump.

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      • the unit says:

        Yep thank goodness we got little more than a year to really pick, although I wish it was over tomorrow and inaugurated with anybody but who is still there. Well, not anybody exactly. Not Hillary, Bern, or Biden, or whatever else the democrats put up. lol

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, that’s the truth! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Thanks for letting me get my early two cents in before I read AT and Real Clear’s opinions.
          I can change my mind, but I like the fresh ice cream sandwich with real frozen ice cream, not the mushy ones that ain’t the real thing. Get the mush tomorrow.
          P.S. Got new fridge the other day…crew said that was cleanest defective fridge they ever picked up. 🙂

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        • Most all of the Republicans had a good night! It should be lights out for the Democratic runner, whoever it is? But, the main body of the American people political are rather fickle, in my opinion. But GOD alone knows the person who will get the job, and Lord have mercy here!

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        • NEO says:

          Yup! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          And a good night to you. I out. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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  6. the unit says:

    Ani’t there so much to remember?
    Was Fiorina the only one mentioning lies of Hillary?
    I know the mission must be accomplished whatever the price. But to whose favor? Hillary, Obama, and the NWO that’s who.
    USS Indianapolis denied escort. Not alerted to submarine activity. Mayday calls ignored. Not reported as missing from arrival destination to port. I know…just MSM article, but not our own communist MSM, this source seems to have some truth from time to time. With this bunch we gonna get lots of dead people, and already have. Later the rest of the story. To be seen and not be related by me, will see for yourself, those who read here.
    “Thank goodness, there were lots of dead people floating in the area.”
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2384393/Survivors-1945-sinking-USS-Indianapolis-explosions-shark-attacks-worst-sea-disaster-U-S-naval-history.html

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    • NEO says:

      The Indy is an interesting story. It was decidedly FUBAR but I have trouble with the near to conspiricy theories- mostly, to whom the benefit?

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      • the unit says:

        Well in the early ’70’s I was bitten by a shark on just my foot. Many weeks to recover. Guess that’s why it stands out to me. Only the shark benefited to my knowledge. Got away with it. Local fishing guides poo pooed my story, said must have been big bluefish. Follow the money.
        🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Always! 🙂

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