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?