posted by Bodwyn wook
It may be that what happened in 1940 in the Battle of Britain is not that England ‘won’ anything; by 1945, England and its Empire were bankrupt & North America for good or ill would now be the quondam ‘leader’ of the Late Modern world. The prosperity of a graceless, an ungrateful & above all ill-taught generation of the lewd children of the victors would, in the ending with the twentieth century of the Modern Age, exact its own hideous price, in a fissaprous & pornocratic political & fiscal & moral blowout.
But, in 1940 England & the English kept Hitler & his Germans from winning their war.
So, what happened in 1940 is that a handful of young North Atlantic men & women, arrayed in combat in the air & on the ground below against the most murderous & hideous shadows of our own old European culture, won for the Atlantic World an additional scant generation’s respite, from the on-coming last collapse around their grandchildren & great-grandchildren of a once-magnificent & now digitalised, trivialised civilisation, into all the horrors of a final descent into barbarism.
And, after all, in all the long, long heartbeat of History, that denial of an enemy’s victory may prove to have been — in all the future years that we doomed Baby Boomer crib-busting thumb-suckers rightly shall not get to infest & infect with all of our grim abysms of foul gloomy smut & dread — and, then, when once we are all rightly, rightly sent packing right smack dab out of the World — and, then, down, all rightly right straight down to Hell! — to have been enough.
The following videogrammes from 2000 can give only a slight faint picture of what life was like in the embattled air & in hospital afterward, for those young pilots of the greatest Summer in the whole story of the old Atlantic World.
Spitfire Ace: 1 / 4 The First of the Few:
Spitfire Ace 2 / 4: Dogfight:
Spitfire Ace 3 / 4: Command & Control:
Spitfire Ace: 4 / 4 The Greatest Day:
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[2 July 2013]