Clowns & Jokers

Stuck in the middle.... Left, right, centre. It's a mess out there.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Great Britons

Pictures of the opening of the Battle of Britain monument unveiled at Victoria Embankment in London and next on my list of beautiful places to visit in my city. The monument is made up of two bronze friezes set in an 82ft-long granite structure, not all of it is shown here. Seventy surviving pilots and their families attended the ceremony alongside the Prince of Wales and his Duchess. Jack Toombs, 78, above, was a seventeen year old rear gunner during the battle. What a lovely photo of a wonderful Briton.

One frieze depicts all the achievements of Fighter Command and the other focuses on the people of London, featuring St Paul's and an Anderson shelter. There is a plaque on the monument which lists the names of 2,936 servicemen and women from 14 countries who took part in the struggle against the Luftwaffe in 1940. 35 000 Londoners died during the Blitz.

It is engraved with Sir Winston Churchill's famous phrase:

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

As we all know the Battle of Britain was fought between July 10 and October 31 1940, when the RAF and the Germans fought for supremacy over Britain. Despite being outnumbered four to one, on September 15 1940, RAF Fighter Command claimed victory over the Luftwaffe after a day of bombing raids ended in heavy losses for Germany. And shortly after, Hitler postponed and then cancelled invasion plans, turning his attention to the defeat of Russia. If the RAF had not succeeded the Germans would have been able to invade the UK easily and the course of the war would have been somewhat different.

Meanwhile a British army officer is facing a court martial today over the alleged death of an Iraqi in his custody. A charge he strongly denies, Colonel Mendonca of the Queen's Lancashire Regt went to incredible lengths to ensure people under his charge we treated fairly. He is cited in the Telegraph for acts of great bravery putting, always leading from the front and often putting himself in harms way. The citation added that his "personal contribution" to the fair treatment of Iraqis was pivotal in securing the region and "winning the hearts and minds" battle. A man awarded for bravery is now being lauded by the left as a 'war criminal', a scapegoat. His wife is reduced to begging for his future. ALL wars have great heroes. And on that note I also urge you to read the blog links on the right and at Rottweiler Puppy about US green beret Jack Idema....


At Tuesday, 15 November, 2005, Blogger "Alice" said...

Don'cha just want to give that elderly "Great Britain" and big hug and kiss? He looks darling.

At Tuesday, 15 November, 2005, Blogger Alison said...

Yep. Sometimes i think i was born in the wrong era!


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