Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Battle of Britain Day

RAF Fighter Pilots
In honor of the Battle of Britain Day, I am posting excerpts from two of Winston Churchill's speeches:

After the fall of France: "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. 

St. Paul's Cathedral
"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."

Royal Air Force: "The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

The evil forces of Hitler met their first defeat in the skies over Britain, and it is no exaggeration to say that if Britain had fallen, the world would have been plunged into darkness. So today we salute all of those who fought, with and without guns, in the Battle of Britain.


  1. I definitely salute them.
    The picture of St Paul's Cathedral surrounded by smoke - or is it dust?- is terrifying.

  2. That is smoke. Indendiaries landed on the roof, and many believed that they would melt the lead in the dome. Miraculously, the indenciaries fell off. The picture really did become a symbol of the British will to fight on.

  3. Thanks for this Mary.

    All the best,