Thus spoke Winston Churchill when discussing the British refusal to bend to the will of Hitler and the vaunted and seemingly invincible Luftwaffe.
It was summer 1940. Arguably the darkest time in human history. The Nazi horde has just swept across western Europe and destroyed French and British Forces.
Divine providence has shown it’s hand in Hitler’s inexplicable hesitation ordering a pause in the assault on allied forces thus sparing a defeated British Army.
In a hastily assembled armada of British ships, yachts, fishing trawlers and anything that could float across the English Channel, 300,000 British had just been evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk.
Hitler has ordered logistical and strategic plans for the invasion of the British homeland which would be dubbed “Operation Sea Lion”.
Phase one of the operation calls for gaining air superiority over the southeastern part of the British Isles to provide cover for an invading Hun Army! This should be a simple enough task given the Germans are believed to command the most powerful Air Force in the world of the day. The tactic of Blitzkrieg developed and employed by the Germans is a new phenomenon in a world which only a few years ago modeled it’s battle tactics around the trench warfare of WWI.
The RAF is vastly outgunned in numbers of aircraft and over matched by the battle tested experience of the German pilots who had honed their skills over battlefields in the Spain, Czechoslovakia, Poland and France.
Conventional wisdom said Great Britain is doomed. There could be no hope of victory….and fighting would continue and prolong the suffering of the British People with little hope of success.
Fighting would bring untold hardship on the United Kingdom and her people. For the first time since the days of the Spanish Armada Britain would face the hardship of an invading force upon her shores and her people would feel the privations of war on her populace. Why face the destruction of the homeland? Why not sue for peace and negotiate an armistice which would preserve the independence of the United Kingdom? All was lost anyway…who could fault the British for doing the sane and rational thing and seeking an amicable peace?
Yet such a move would allow Hitler to work his will upon the European continent. Surrender would mean an end to Hitler’s opposition in Norway, Holland, and around the Mediterranean and North Africa. Hitler would be free to turn ALL his forces on the Soviet Union and the oil rich territories of eastern Europe which would in turn fuel his military and industrial machinery. The Soviet Union would be faced not only with the military might of the NAZI horde, but with the combined industrial might of Germany and France and all the war material they could produce.
Worse Germany would have the advantage of a one front war and a near certainty of absolute victory over the Soviet Union. With an unmolested Japan making her way across the Asian Continent, the Axis Powers would control the vast expanse of Europe and Asia and all the resources the vast expanses held. What a different history than what we know would exist had Britain followed the path of practicality and done the expedient thing?
At this point. America was no help because she was still asleep and secure in her isolationism and the American Public had no interest in what was happening “over there!!” Roosevelt was interested in getting involved in the war but at that point political reality prevented him from doing anything except shipping arms to the beleaguered British.
Then….out of the darkness echoes a loan voice in the third from a series of three speeches delivered from the House of Commons by Sir Winston Churchill:
I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.
Even though large parts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.
Churchill went on in that speech to utter the words that would give name to the greatest endeavor upon which the British people would ever embark!
“The Battle of France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin…”
In a nut shell…the British never surrendered. They fought on. German arrogance made them believe Germany was the only nation that had the technology to develop RADAR and they ignored the picket fence of RADAR installations along the British Coasts that gave early warning to the RAF of approaching Luftwaffe raids.
Because of the survival of these RADAR installations, the superior numbers of the Luftwaffe were nullified by Britain’s ability to identify incoming German aircraft and spring up at the last moment in targeted and pinpoint attacks that made their numbers appear to be far greater than they actually were. All Aircraft could be devoted to confronting the invaders because RADAR made patroling the British skies unnecessary allowing more aircraft to be devoted to the fight!
Britain used every subterfuge, every trick in the book they could think of to confuse the enemy and make them fear proceeding with their invasion plans. Actual airfields were camouflaged so they couldn’t be seen from the air while fake airfields were visibly mocked up in open fields so that German bombs did little more than over turn the dirt and scatter sheep dung around the fertile British soil. Holes complete with wreckage inside were painted on the roofs and doors of hangers containing British aircraft leaving German reconnaissance pilots with the impression of empty and bombed out hangers. Bomb craters were painted by artists and special affects crews onto runways so that German reconnaissance pilots would report airfields that were totally destroyed and unusable while British Spitfires were taking off from those very runways just minutes after German reconnaissance aircraft flew away filled with confidence nothing could gain the skies after such destruction! No trick was too dirty and no effort was spared to confuse and demoralize the enemy!
As a result, the Germans eventually gave up on gaining air superiority and abandoned Operation Sea Lion electing to bomb the British population in a campaign to terrorize and demoralize them into submission. America would enter the war and after driving Hitler from Africa, Britain was there to be used as a base of operations in the destruction of German industry and war production as well as a jumping off place for the invasion of Normandy.
So what’s my point in writing this? I believe the American people are facing such times.
The Democrats have taken over banks, student loans, housing and entire industries in this country and now we are faced with the single biggest power grab by the socialist party of the last century.
We have seen the equivalent of the French Surrender when Harry Ried voted Obamacare through with hardly a squeak of protest from our Vichy Republican Leadership.
Now the equivalent of the Battle of Britain has begun with the final reconciliation of the House and Senate Bills…(assuming our leadership doesn’t sue for peace and refuse to fight).
60% and more of the public are against Obamacare today and people are BEGGING for an equivalent of the RAF Fighter Command to marshal and direct our resources in a final all out fight to defeat it.
We are in desperate need of a command structure that is committed to the fight to stop Obamacare. We need a high command who is frugal and has the good sense to muster our forces and deploy them as the RAF did to multiply our effect upon the Enemy!
We need all that and more!
I ask you…Where is our Churchill? For all the talk about how badly the Democrats are doing…and for all the talk of the gains we will make in 2010, where is that loan voice crying from the darkness calling for us to fight on:
“whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”!
Where is that voice who will inspire us to not only achieve the expected gains of 2010…but will inspire us to even greater heights than we can even imagine?
The Bible Speaks of a time when God searched throughout the land for someone who would stand up and take up the challenge:
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.
Who is that Man, or Woman who will make a wall…and stand in the gap? Who will answer the call?
Let us grab onto the comments from Churchill’s Speech from October 29, 1941 to Harrow School….
Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
We stood all alone a year ago, and to many countries it seemed that our account was closed, we were finished. All this tradition of ours, our songs, our School history, this part of the history of this country, were gone and finished and liquidated.
Very different is the mood today. Britain, other nations thought, had drawn a sponge across her slate. But instead our country stood in the gap. There was no flinching and no thought of giving in; and by what seemed almost a miracle to those outside these Islands, though we ourselves never doubted it, we now find ourselves in a position where I say that we can be sure that we have only to persevere to conquer.
From here let’s all resolve to move forward in the battle of Obamacare and let us spare no effort to prevent it’s passage until we have faced our own utter destruction…or we have won the victory so we can look back and say of ourselves what Churchill said of his people that day.
Do not let us speak of darker days: let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days–the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race, (nation).
Cross posted to: The Minority Report