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Procopius

+++ Battle of Britain 80th GB for 2020?

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That really is good news!

Don't have to worry about any voting and can just get on and decide what to build for this very important GB.

Well done Enzo!

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I approve of the command decision.  :thumbsup:

I'm adding it to my 2020 planner...time will tell if I'll actually be able to take part or not (not likely, but one never knows).

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On 6/10/2019 at 3:46 PM, Enzo Matrix said:

I've changed my mind about this GB.  Because of the importance of the subject and anniversary, this one gets an automatic entry into the 2020 schedule. 

 

Dates are Friday 10 July 2020 to Saturday 31 October 2020.

Swoon! You're the tops, Enzo!

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"When he left the RAF, [14-victory ace] Bob Doe...did not talk much about the past and did not go to reunions. He did not like to display his sores in public, he said.

 

"That changed in 1985, when he appeared in a Channel 4 documentary called Churchill's Few...The morning after the broadcast, a roadsweeper walked in [to Doe's petrol garage], shook his hand, said 'Thanks,' and walked away. An old lady came up to him and kissed him and his customers started calling him 'Sir'."

 

-- Stephen Bungay, The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain

 

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Today in 1940, the Battle of Britain officially began.

 

"If it is thought best for France in her agony that her army should capitulate, let there be no hesitation on our account, because whatever you do, we shall fight on forever and ever and ever."

– Winston Churchill to Paul Reynaud, 13 June 1940

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On 7/10/2019 at 4:20 PM, Procopius said:

Today in 1940, the Battle of Britain officially began.

 

"If it is thought best for France in her agony that her army should capitulate, let there be no hesitation on our account, because whatever you do, we shall fight on forever and ever and ever."

– Winston Churchill to Paul Reynaud, 13 June 1940

Seen as it’s about that time, I guess tonight could be Battle of Britain Blu-ray then tomorrow start a wee 109 and Spitfire to build over the course of the battle..

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"I do realize that this struggle, if it continues, can end only with the complete annihilation of one or the other of the two adversaries. Mr. Churchill may believe this will be Germany. I know that it will be Britain...Possibly Mr. Churchill again will brush aside this statement of mine by saying that it is merely born of fear and of doubt in our final victory. In that case I shall have relieved my conscience in regard to the things to come."

-- Adolf Hitler, speech to the Reichstag, 19 July 1940

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The Battle of Britain

 

by Cecil Day-Lewis

 

What did we earth-bound make of it? A tangle
Of vapour trails, a vertiginously high
Swarming of midges, at most a fiery angel
Hurled out of heaven, was all we could descry.

 

How could we know the agony and pride
That scrawled those fading signatures up there,
And the cool expertise of those who died
Or lived through that delirium of the air?

 

Grounded on history now, we re-enact
Such lives, such deaths. Time, laughing out of court
The newspaper heroics and the faked
Statistics, leaves us only to record.

 

What was, what might have been: fighter and bomber,
The tilting sky, tense moves and counterings;
Those who outlived that legendary summer;
Those who went down, its sunlight on their wings.

 

And you, unborn then, what will you make of it—
This shadow-play of battles long ago?
Be sure of this: they pushed to the uttermost limit
Their luck, skill, nerve. And they were young like you.

 

 

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