Never to be forgotten

Date posted: November 16, 2014

Armistice day not only brings a lump to my throat but tears to my eyes. And this year with the centenary coverage, more people than ever have been reflecting on the bravery of those that fought.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Churchill was talking about the RAF and what we now know as the Battle of Britain, but it equally applies to our brave military across the ages. The First World War was so barbaric we thought it could never happen again in Europe. How wrong we were!

Two films I watch whenever they are on the television. The Longest Day and The Battle of Britain. There are moments in the films that I find incredibly moving. Such as when Lord Lovat and his Highlanders are marching to save a group of commandos who had captured an important bridge. The piper marching with the men is a sight that stirs my blood.

Then, in the Battle of Britain, the Polish squadron are in the air. They’re still undergoing training. German fighters appear and the Poles sheer off one by one to attack. They pretend their radio isn’t working so they ignore their instructor not to attack. What a moment!

poppyI served 25 years as a Royal Naval officer between the RN and the RNR. I qualified as a Minewarfare and Clearance Diving Officer in the RN and over the years I met a number of Bomb Disposal Engineers from WW2. Their bravery was inspiring yet at the same time they showed humility for their achievements. When they told their stories – if you could get them to talk about them – it was always in an understated manner.

The field of poppies at the Tower of London is probably the finest tribute to our dead that I have seen. It is awesome as well as dreadful to think of the lives represented and the sacrifice made by men and women so that we are free today.

And what do politicians do? All words and no action when it comes to looking after the troops. But no surprise there.

On a totally different note we have put together some Christmas specials and also are offering a FREE download of A Million Tears today (16th Nov). Finally Dorothy has asked me to mention a great new book 60 Minute Business Transformation  by Martin Robertson.  Dorothy knows Martin and is so impressed by the book she is telling everyone about it.  If you are in business this is well worth a read.

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