King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother survey Bomb damage in wartime London.
Some 70 years ago, anything and everything that floats was sent from England to France to scoop up battle weary British and Allied troops from the machine gun raked and luftwaffe bombed bloody beaches of France and earlier today some 50 of the original little ships made a return trip to the shores of France.
Amazingly some 338,226 souls were rescued many thousands more, in fact some 60,000 more were left behind slaughtered by the Germans. It all happened some five years before I entered this world kicking and screaming, but when you ask some young people what they know about that horrific time few can even identify Winston Churchill, or even know what he did.
There have admittedly been a couple of hundred new wars since that time and many more lives lost. It would just be good if we all stopped for a few moments, had a good look round and consider was their sacrifice worth it or have we completely lost the plot?
If you live in Cambridgeshire, England visit Duxford Aerodrome http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.24060 one of the Battle of Britain airports (featured in the Film The Longest Day - the film production company actually blowing up one of the iconic aircraft hangers!, another thankfully remains and now has a preservation order on it!) Lots of static historic aircraft both in hangers and outside (including prototype concorde number 02!) and flights in classic aircraft, Spitfire displays and mock dog fights. If you are doing London, consider devoting a day to Duxford, you won't regret it, and the shopping is good too!
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