Friday, 20 August 2010

So much owed to so Few...

Today is the 70th anniversary of the day on which Winston Churchill gave his historic speech to Parliament in praise of the Few.

The Battle of Britain was our defensive line in the sand during the Second World War. Armchair generals will argue that it was perhaps not the most important campaign of the war, but if it had been lost, it may well have been our last campaign of the war. For me personally, that more than makes it the most important.

I've had the privilege to meet and speak with many members of the Few in the past - Iain Hutchinson, Bob Doe, Ludwik Martel, Gordon Batt, and others. To all of them, and to all of their colleagues in Fighter Command, Bomber Command, the British Army, the Home Guard, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, our civil defence forces and all those who stood firm, there is only one thing that people can say and perhaps don't say often enough.

Thank you.

The full text of Churchill's speech, given in the House of Commons on August 20th 1940, can be read at

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