Friday, August 20, 2010

August 20, 1940.

One hot summer seventy years ago, a small Island of free men and women stood firm and alone against the onslaught of the dark forces of tyranny.

Great Britain. August 20, 1940. Winston Churchill addresses the houses of Parliament and the people of Great Britain.

Dunkirk has already fallen. The British army fled France, beaten by a German onslaught the likes of which the world had never seen. The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the United States' entry into the war was still more than 15 months away.

With Europe enslaved, Britain stood alone. On June 18, 1940, Churchill told the nation and the world that the Battle for France was over and The Battle for Britain was about to begin.

In perhaps his most famous speech, Churchill summed up what was at stake:

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.

In July 1940 Hitler ordered Hermann Goring to send his Luftwaffe against the Royal Air Force. They fought over the skies of Great Britain and London, the peak of the battle occurring August 18, 1940 in what was later called "The Hardest Day". Churchill watched fighter operations on August 16, 17, 18, 1940, and at one point after the end of a battle shooed away his staff saying "Don't talk to me. I have never been so moved."

And so every day and night in the summer of 1940, a few hundred young English pilots soared into the skies over their homeland, facing overwhelming odds and courageously ignoring an average life expectancy of less than 90 days. With perhaps the fate of the free world and civilization as we know it hanging in the balance and on their wings, the Battle Of Britain was fought. The stakes were high. Knowing that a German victory in the air would bring on a full scale invasion of his Island, Churchill again addressed his nation and the world. The full speech is below, it is a shade less than eight minutes, and we strongly urge you to listen to it. He was the greatest man of the 20th Century and one of the very greatest leaders ever seen. And seventy years ago he had this to say:

The great air battle which has been in progress over this Island for the last few weeks has recently attained a high intensity. It is too soon to attempt to assign limits either to its scale or to its duration. We must certainly expect that greater efforts will be made by the enemy than any he has so far put forth....
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. All our hearts go out to the fighter pilots, whose brilliant actions we see with our own eyes day after day…


Anonymous said...

Herald story, three gang members mistakenly released by the jail in Palm Beach. The guys were sitting in jail with one million dollar bonds each, having their Constitutional Rights to pre-trial liberty violated while the state figured out what to charge them with. I hope they kill a witness or an officer, then the state can justify holding them effectively no-bond. Pre-trial release gets violated whenever the state wants to violate it.

Friday, August 20, 2010 3:43:00 PM


Anonymous said...

Uhh, Rumpole ... you wrote that in August, 1940, "the United States' entry into the war was still more than three months away." Technically you're right, but the implied suggestion that Pearl Harbor happened December 7, 1940 is of course wrong by a year.



Marijuana laced brownies served at the Miami Dade Clerks office, at a birthday party for a Clerk. Dozens fell ill and rushed to Mercy Hospital.

Courthouse is shutdown.

CBS News

Rumpole said...

I'll leave the link up but that video has got to be 30 years old.

Anonymous said...

That video is from the early 1980's. It shows then-Clerk Richard P. Brinker and Randle Eastern ambulances.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes a clerk brought spiked brownies to a clerks party. He got busted also. I almost remember it well, lol

Anonymous said...

A bar card is worthless, the bar is filled with people that should not be practicing the law. Disbar the Florida Bar, lawyers should not be self-regulated,

Anonymous said...

Someone that is so arrogant as to compare himself to Lincoln does not have the humility to be a good Judge. I predict Milton Hirsh is a terrible Judge.