‘Pride’ paint work?….Okay. Poppies?….. No way!

There have been, in the century completed now nearly two decades ago, five military actions which turned history’s axis forever.

The WW1 Battle of Amiens, in 1918, when armoured warfare came of age, when young men showed their older generation that, with the best of equipment, and good forward planning; the ‘killing fields’ of Passchendaele and of the Somme were truly of the past.

The WW2 Battle of Midway, when America naval aviation forces truly changed history. The Battle lasted three days, but the actual defining attacks, the two which mattered: the first lasted for one hour, and the second for seven minutes. The heroic squadrons of American carrier-based slow torpedo bombers suicidally flew at low level against the Japanese carriers, and were swatted away by the Zeroes of the Japanese combat air patrol; forty seven bombers were lost from a total of fifty one American planes. The Japanese admiral now faced a historic decision. The American flyers obviously came from a carrier task force, so he decided to remove all the bombs from all three carriers’ aircraft, and rearm with torpedoes. So all three carrier decks were laden with aircraft, being rearmed; with no combat air patrol at high level. The dive-bombers from the Enterprise, who had been lost due faulty navigation, spotted a Jap destroyer’s wake, and finding the four enemy carriers undefended, in a text-book attack sank three major carriers within seven minutes. America later lost the Yorktown, but the fourth Jap carrier was attacked and sunk, wiping out a third of the Japanese Main Battle Fleet.

The Battle of Kursk, the largest mechanised battle in history, involved as many as 6,000 tanks, 4,000 aircraft and 2 million fighting men and is remembered as the greatest tank battle in history. Russia turned the tide of war at Kursk, and the Germans began the long retreat which ended in Berlin.

El Alamein was the name given to a small rail siding in Egypt, but it gained immortality as the place where British General Montgomery chose to make his stand and offensive, with the British Eighth Army, alongside the Allied forces from Australia, New Zealand and the Free French against Rommel’s vaunted Afrika Korps. The myth was shattered, Rommel’s Afrika Korps attacks were blunted, and when the British went on to the offensive, superior weaponry, tactics and just plain bravery won the day.

June 6th, 1944, was the day when history was made, when the largest naval landing force ever planned; came ashore on the bloodstained beaches of Normandy. Once that force was established, under a sky which was totally controlled by Allied air superiority; once the American, British, Canadian and Free French tanks came rolling down the Mulberry harbour causeways, once those enormous, so-carefully planned and coordinated armies swarmed ashore, and commenced their marches towards the captured Capitals of a war-torn Europe, Hitler might as well have signalled ‘surrender’ then and there.

In amongst all the virtue-signalling, the rush to be ‘supportive’ of this or that cause; and the ensuing acerbity when someone is threatened with a ***Hate Crime*** when they casually takes the piss out of some copper who proudly shows off his patrol car emblazoned with the ghastly colours of some weird ‘Pride’ march, or some other  endeavour so popular with members of the ‘Soshull Meedjah’ generation; we should be ever aware of things which our new Masters would have us forget.

Why forget: you may ask? They wish us to forget that which forged us, forged from the fire and fury of battle; they wish us to forget that we once made a difference; the difference which mattered. We, or rather our fathers and our grandfathers fought for freedom, but when British Transport Police ban the use of poppy stickers in remembrance of the century since the end of WW1, are they not attempting to erase that very remembrance from the wider memory. Its all right, it seems, to flaunt their sexuality, and dance with the rest of the morons: but just ‘unacceptable’ to state that their generation owes so much to my generation, and to that of those who walked, marched and died before we were even born?

8 comments for “‘Pride’ paint work?….Okay. Poppies?….. No way!

  1. James Strong
    October 16, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    What is your generation?

    You’ve made the case for the generations that fought in the two World Wars, but in this piece you haven’t made the case for generations that followed them

    • rapscallion
      October 16, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      It isn’t about remembering war, it’s about remembering the fallen, the permanently wouned both mentally and physically, It is about the Fathers, Brothers, Lovers, Sons, Uncles and Nephews who never came back. What about those who lost their lives in the Korean War, or mates lost in the Falklands, or Iraq, or Afghanistan. I mean they only died in some insignificant war didn’t they?

      They’re still f***ing dead though. That is what we remember.

      • Ed P
        October 16, 2018 at 7:36 pm

        And also, it needs to be said, the very many women who served & fought bravely, often in dangerous ancillary roles.
        But also we remember the huge efforts made to regain freedom, now so traitorously being given away to the descendants of those who would have enslaved us all.

        • Pcar
          October 16, 2018 at 9:30 pm

          +1

          The ever growing SJW Mob of anti-remembrance of those he gave their lives defending our country are encouraged by our traitorous Gov’t, establishment, academia and msm

      • Pcar
        October 16, 2018 at 9:22 pm

        +1

        Not forgetting Op. Banner – NI

        Many died and UK Army learned a lot esp Int and civie “peace keeping”

    • Errol
      October 16, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      You’ve rather ignored that without that sacrifice you wouldn’t be able to say what you have.

      Subequent generations should be grateful for the sacrifice. There is no case to make. We build on what our parents bequeath us, and the snowflake millenials just whine and demand a free lunch.

      Admittedly the 1960’s created a great deal of liberalism and freedom, but such was bought in blood. Sadly, you’re not taught about the gift but taught how to exploit and complain about it.

  2. Bll
    October 16, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Jingoistic. It’s though all the wars before the two you mention never existed or were of no importance.

    My sole connections with the ‘fighting’ in latter of the two was through a grandad and my mother’s next door neighbour and a work colleague.
    The former pair served in the navy, both had survival as their driver. Both rarely discussed events they witnessed. Grandad used to silence those who sought to glorify the killing, in very short order.
    The latter served in the LRDG from the instant it was set up. He too never said much but a couple of things struck me at the time and have stuck ever since.
    “Never trust the history books. They were never there.”
    and
    “We spent most of the time hiding under camouflage during the day, to avoid the planes only driving at night. We never saw any jerries on the ground except a couple of officers with the eyeties.”

  3. Pcar
    October 16, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Mike,

    Good article

    Now we have virtue signallers like this:

    “Diversity” is so important to Conservative MP @TomTugendhat, that he rejects first UK female PM, legendary 3-time election winner Margaret Thatcher on £50 note in favour of a random spy whose Muslim father died when she was young and grew up as a non-Muslim in Paris

    Tom Tugendhat – Lieutenant Colonel of “Desk Jockey & Brownoser” Rgt

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