re-posted by Bodwyn Wook
The synopsis of a theme by the author of SPITFIRE : Portrait Of A Legend, by Leo McKinstry
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From the MailOnline, 21 November 2007:
[The following text from The Daily Mail re-posted here solely for purposes of information redundancy is ample, if unwitting, testimonial to an example of the precisely-attuned sufi handling of mundane affairs and the overall direction of history; the inert character of the “collective unconscious” of the jungian psychologists means, alas, that not too much can be done at a time and, so, at the risk of a certain statistical, or ‘normal’, incomprehension many workers regardlessly make their specific contributions which, nonetheless, are additive to the general result over the millenia. — Mohamet Nedgjeem & Bodwyn Wook]
The images of the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940 resonate almost 70 years later.
Dashing young RAF fighter pilots concealing their courage beneath an air of nonchalance; the beautiful outline of the Spitfire with its unmistakable elliptical wings; desperate dogfights with the enemy in the summer skies – all of these remain to this day the ultimate symbols of British resolve. Those months from July until the middle of September 1940, when the men of the RAF held the nation’s destiny in their hands, were a unique moment in our island history.
As Winston Churchill famously put it during the height of the battle, “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.”
Yet it is a strange twist of history that the commander of The Few, Sir Hugh Dowding, was different from the classic fighter pilot stereotype.
Aloof, dry, cold to the point of frigidity, Dowding, who was head of RAF Fighter Command throughout the Battle, had little of the Èlan that characterised his men.
Quite the contrary.
He was a widower who lived with his sister, believed in reincarnation and, most bizarrely of all, met his second wife after claiming he had spoken to (more…)
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