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Seventy years on. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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Seventy years on.

Invictus.
Unconquered.

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noeon From: noeon Date: December 30th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Deo gratia.

Victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 30th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Some chicken.

Some neck.
ringbark From: ringbark Date: December 30th, 2010 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I celebrate each day in London that St Paul's survived, yet recall too the events of September 1940, when my father's mother was killed by enemy action while my father was injured physically and emotionally.

It was unwritten and accepted that Mum and Dad scarcely ever talked about the war, but I didn't know that was unusual until I went to tea with my girlfriend and her parents, who told war stories all the time, to my fascination, only challenged when they asked "don't your parents tell these stories too?"
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 30th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes, of course.

And people forget that the Blitz was not confined to London: Bristol, Hull, Clydebank, Exeter, Brighton, even Dublin.

Yet yesterday's anniversary does I think have an important symbolic aspect, without in any way minimising the more important losses to souls rather than to mere fabric.
ringbark From: ringbark Date: December 30th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes, of course.

Merseyside. Dad was in Birkenhead, taking refuge in the basement of a house which unfortunately suffered a direct hit.

Birkenhead and Liverpool were major targets: Liverpool as a major port, second only to London in importance, Birkenhead as a shipbuilding town. Further down the Wirral, the oil refineries at Stanlow and Thornton were also of strategic importance.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 30th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Very much so.

My list was meant to be indicative, not exhaustive; our point, yours and mine, being that London and perhaps Coventry only are popularly remembered on a large level.
ringbark From: ringbark Date: December 30th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Very much so.

It wasn't my intention to criticise your list. Liverpool/Birkenhead was the second heaviest bombed after London.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 30th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Didn't think it was.

Making certain no one else might mistake it; knew you'd not do so.

And isn't it odd that no one outwith Merseyside remembers that, as a rule: well, I say odd; depressing, really. Metropolitan bias.
ringbark From: ringbark Date: December 30th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Didn't think it was.

fpb From: fpb Date: December 31st, 2010 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Long ago, I summed up that epic summer as follows: "...when one island stood between mankind and night." An English reader said this gave her the cold shivers.
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