This day in history: Lessons from the Blitz

Most historians agree that the Battle of Britain in World War II started on July 10, 1940 – 72 years ago today. While in the popular imagination the Battle of Britain was centered on “The Blitz” (the massive air raids against Great Britain by Luftwaffe bombers carried out in the fall and winter of 1940-41), the Battle really began that summer with German attacks on British convoys and ships in the English Channel and the North Atlantic.

Most Americans – even those of us too young to have lived through the events – associate this period of time with a brand of toughness and stoicism in the face of danger and hardship little seen in our day. From the tough, uplifting rhetoric of the great Winston Churchill (who gave this famous speech to the House of Commons in June of 1940) to the resolve of King George VI to the simple, public refusal of Queen Consort Elizabeth (the late mother of the current Queen) to abandon London or even evacuate her daughters; the fighting spirit and moral clarity call us to face our own battles with such resolve and purpose. The events of those months have inspired other leaders in times of trouble – including Mayor Rudy Giuliani on 9/11:

I was trying to think, where can I go for some comparison to this, some lessons about how to handle it? So I started thinking about Churchill, started thinking that we’re going to have to rebuild the spirit of the city, and what better example than Churchill and the people of London during the Blitz in 1940, who had to keep up their spirit during this sustained bombing? It was a comforting thought.

Comforting, indeed. How grateful we should be to have examples like Churchill to look to for strength and inspiration. There is no problem so daunting, so powerful, so evil that it cannot be conquered by the will of a free people.


Author: Stand For Israel | July 10, 2012
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  • Christine
    August 28, 2012
    1:07 pm
     

    WWII in Europe parallels the Lord of the Rings trilogy, with so much death, destruction, atrocities and war crimes. Good won over Evil, although at a very high cost. It’s too bad that our politicians, including Obama, have not learned from our WWII history. Clinton banned all the laws put into place that protected the stock market after the crash of ’29. And look what happened. If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. If we forget we are a nation under God, we will be a nation gone under (Quotes from Ronald Reagan). I’m behind you 100%, Israel, I love you and pray God will richly bless you. I’m so discouraged over my own country, that I would rather be in Israel with you than here in America. God bless you, I love you, and remember that God always promised to protect you.

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  • Audrey
    July 16, 2012
    4:02 am
     

    I do not think it was in the plan of The Almighty that Hitler should win the last war and I consider that Churchill was a man of destiny as was Dunkirk, The Battle of Britain and the entry of America

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  • Betty
    July 15, 2012
    6:54 pm
     

    I pray the AMERICAN people will wake up to what is happening before it is to late.

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  • Betty
    July 15, 2012
    6:51 pm
     

    trying to control every thing in our lives one world order and it is so sad. this is evil wanting to control every body’s GOD BLESS ISRAEL AND PROTECT HER AND HER PEOPLE from AMERICA

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  • Betty
    July 15, 2012
    6:45 pm
     

    some time’s I wish we could turn back the time and know what we know now. but we can’t. and I want get any younger.72years now. in the past 3
    1/2 years things have gotten so bad.and our government is

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  • Diana Grace
    July 14, 2012
    1:19 am
     

    Actually Israel is a blessing to the US.G-d says:I will bless those who bless My People.I will curse those who curse them too.May America always stand with You.You are the apple of His eye. <3 U

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  • george
    July 12, 2012
    10:59 pm
     

    Israel don’t be dishearten by the trials and tribulations, that you go through.Yahweh is with you and is just a prayer away,remember he who watches over Israel never sleeps or slumbers.

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    • Bobby G.
      July 14, 2012
      8:11 am
       

      I strong agree with George’s comments about our Lord Yahweh and his chosen people forever. My decide is final about my positive position with standing with Israel for life.

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  • Tim
    July 12, 2012
    5:00 pm
     

    The Battle of Britain was from July 10 to October 31, 1940. It is estimated that up to 43,000 civilians were killed in the blitzkrieg on British cities. But the Israeli-Palestinian is perpetual.

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  • Leolyn
    July 11, 2012
    6:34 am
     

    Yes this is inspiring.. but what about Joshua and Moses and a number of Israelites.. a walk through the Holocaust Museum shouts courage and strength to me .. the 6Day war!!Inspiration to the world

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    • Susan
      July 11, 2012
      10:08 am
       

      I am amazed at the tenacity & fortitude of the Jewish people, especially in Israel. As I remember that Yahweh is their God as well as mine.I know He is with them even now..I love you Israel!

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  • Ivor
    July 10, 2012
    11:53 pm
     

    I was living in the U.K. I was six-years-old when the “Battle of Britain” began. I’ll remember how the people came together as one. God put Winston Churchill in charge. But to God goes the glory!

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  • Aliza
    July 10, 2012
    6:40 pm
     

    I witnessed three wars and it wasn’t a picnic. In those three wars we lost good soldiers. God will protect Israel.

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  • Robert
    July 10, 2012
    3:19 pm
     

    If you will recall the British did not ask to be bombed and they came together in mass as a people. On 9/11 we did not ask the twin towers be toppled even this diverse nation came together. HaveFaith

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  • Creswell
    July 10, 2012
    3:18 pm
     

    War is never pleasant but sometimes necessary and when our leaders find it necessary to fight, people
    criticize them.We want freedom without the price.I’ll
    always remember Churchill,Reagan,George W.

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  • Gloria
    July 10, 2012
    2:50 pm
     

    First allow me to thank you for this inspiring article…I do pray that the American people will come together as they have in the past to do what is best for the whole of our country, and I believe they will. God Bless Israel, Great Britian, and America.

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  • Victor
    July 10, 2012
    2:25 pm
     

    Nobody respects the weak,all respect the strong!That great moment in British history should never be forgotten.They stood up and lived!It’s a pity some people joke about it but they have never been through it! That same sprit lives in Israel and to them I give them this motto of encoragement that is said by Belfast protestants in N.Ireland:NO SURRENDER!

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  • Sandra
    July 10, 2012
    2:19 pm
     

    Churchill’s statemet is one of strength and courage. This is a great example of how we must presevere and push ahead and move foward although, always keeping the Lord first in our hearts and minds. Always seeking his counsel and direction. God’s armor is indestructible

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  • SAMUEL
    July 10, 2012
    1:35 pm
     

    MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD TAKE CARE OF ISRAEL. WE JEWS NEED HER THANKS TO YOU. SELAH

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  • Betsy
    July 10, 2012
    1:04 pm
     

    The problem with the American public today is they have no will of their own. They expect someone else to take care of them while they just go on doing what they want to do. They except no responsibility for anything that happens to themselves or to their country…. it is someone elses job to take care of that. They can’t be bothered.

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    • K.C.
      July 10, 2012
      5:48 pm
       

      You are right, Betsy. Life today is such a sad contrast to the mentality and attitude of a relatively short time ago. I take comfort in reading Luke 21: 20-28.

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  • Sheldon
    July 10, 2012
    12:39 pm
     

    INSPIRATION
    Knowing you are right in protecting what is rightfully yours.
    Family and home from mentally contorded,
    misguided, ma1evolence

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