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BSS_Goat
09-15-2005, 08:16 AM
Somebody must care? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

panther3485
09-15-2005, 08:24 AM
Hi there, BSS_Goat,

Yes, mate. I think of it every year, along with some other key WW2 'anniversaries'. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

WOLFMondo
09-15-2005, 09:28 AM
It is indeed and in true British fashion is raining outside and cable TV has been packed with WW2 and BoB related programs. Last year on this day I saw the BBMF in there full glory.

Dunkelgrun
09-15-2005, 09:58 AM
Originally posted by WOLFMondo:
It is indeed and in true British fashion is raining outside and cable TV has been packed with WW2 and BoB related programs. Last year on this day I saw the BBMF in there full glory.


Cable TV? Pah! I live in a town of 12,000+, eight miles away from a city of 80,000+ plus and we have NO cable, NO Freeview, NO Channel bloody 5 even. Sky is the only digital option and I can't afford it.
Also, the bloody government is going to turn off the analog signal in 2012. If someone doesn't get their finger out there'll be riots when half the population can't get their daily fix of Eastenders or Corrie http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif.

Stupid TV. Think I'll go for a walk. In the bloody rain.

VonShlagnoff
09-15-2005, 12:40 PM
Please don't forget them. Just had Spitfire do a display over the air field, right over the house on some passes, proper hair on the neck tingler, a light blue Spitfire against a grey and stormy sky, dont tell anyone but it was very moving. It was the BBMF PR one.

THEY GAVE ALL THEIR TOMORROWS SO THAT WE CAN HAVE OUR TODAYS

Monty_Thrud
09-15-2005, 01:48 PM
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Low_Flyer_MkII
09-15-2005, 02:43 PM
"Of the 2,917 men who fought in Fighter Command in the air battles of the summer of 1940, 544 were killed.Another 795 had died before the war was over."

Patrick Bishop. Fighter Boys.

Thank you.


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/Spitfire_Country1024.jpg

NorrisMcWhirter
09-15-2005, 04:21 PM
It is BoB day. Respect to all pilots who took part in the BoB. s!

Ta,
Norris

Bo_Nidle
09-15-2005, 04:34 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembered.

Unfortunately, now we have been deceived into Europe, this day and its meanings appear to have been quietly buried!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

IMHO the Battle of Britain is the proudest moment in my Nations history and the fact that my country no longer sees fit to honour it is reprehensible. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

If Britain had fallen there would have been no base from which to launch D-day and all Hitlers attention would have been able to focus Eastwards and I fear we would now be living in a very different world.

I salute and honour all those that defended my nation and freedom itself, so valiantly, during those dark days.

I believe the quote in my sig by Edmund Burke sums it up.

GBrutus
09-15-2005, 05:03 PM
Salute to all the fine airmen of all nations who fought and died during the Battle of Britain. God bless them all.

snafu73
09-15-2005, 05:07 PM
Very much so, Bo_Nidle, There's even talk of getting rid of holocaust remembrance day as well because it offends certain people in society because they feel left out and it might encourage extremism!

Some of them BOB pilots must be spinning in their graves. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Did'nt Churchill say something about them being remembered for a thousand years?, fat chance of that.

Monstad
09-15-2005, 05:12 PM
I care http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I have just opened a site dedicated to the Battle of Britain called The Narrow Margin.com

As I type the site's content is not ready, some will be ready in a couple of hours but the forums and a Book of Remembrance are open.

Please pop over and sign this book, you do not need to register to do so.

The site will grow over time and I will post again once I feel the site is ready for more visitors.

http://www.thenarrowmargin.com/home.htm

F0_Dark_P
09-15-2005, 05:36 PM
Monstad
there signed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Phas3e
09-15-2005, 05:44 PM
Heres my little bit, im a big follower of the battles of 1940
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/45410763/m/1821075753

S! to them all

ImpStarDuece
09-15-2005, 05:49 PM
I care! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif In fact, BoB day is one of the few WW2 dates that I have no trouble remembering. It has been my favourite air battle since I was old eough to learn about it.

At the moment my BoB library stands at

The Narrow Marrgin- Derek Wood & Derek Dempster (both the 1901 original and the 2004 re-release)
The Battle of Britain- Jon Lake
The Battle of Britain- John Ray (which is so dry as to be painful)
The LuftWaffe in the Battle of Britain- A. von Ishoven
Operation Sealion- Peter Fleming
The Hardest Day- Alfred Price
Fighter; The True Story of the Battle of Britain- Leigh Deighton.

and I have ordered and am patiently waiting for Battle of Britain; The Forgotten Months, November and December 1940.

Anything else that anyone recommends. I need some more books fromt he German side, and maybe something in the small Itlian contingent involved in the final phase of the Battle.

tHeBaLrOgRoCkS
09-15-2005, 06:10 PM
You know what bugs me? There was sod all on the bloody evening news today about it not even the local news here in Wiltshire and were surrounded by fecking airfields !! To busy telling us all to upgrade our bloody telly to digital in 3 blasted years.

If they made mention earlier in the day I appologise but I am on nights right now and didn't get up till 1800 I shall sit with my glass of whiskey and watch the Bob episode of World at War tommorow.

Low_Flyer_MkII
09-16-2005, 11:16 AM
Thanks for caring, guys.

If this thread was entitled "Where's the C.D. player in the Bf109Z?", we'd be on page 5 by now http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

NorrisMcWhirter
09-16-2005, 11:19 AM
Originally posted by ImpStarDuece:
I care! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif In fact, BoB day is one of the few WW2 dates that I have no trouble remembering. It has been my favourite air battle since I was old eough to learn about it.

At the moment my BoB library stands at

The Narrow Marrgin- Derek Wood & Derek Dempster (both the 1901 original and the 2004 re-release)
The Battle of Britain- Jon Lake
The Battle of Britain- John Ray (which is so dry as to be painful)
The LuftWaffe in the Battle of Britain- A. von Ishoven
Operation Sealion- Peter Fleming
The Hardest Day- Alfred Price
Fighter; The True Story of the Battle of Britain- Leigh Deighton.

and I have ordered and am patiently waiting for Battle of Britain; The Forgotten Months, November and December 1940.

Anything else that anyone recommends. I need some more books fromt he German side, and maybe something in the small Itlian contingent involved in the final phase of the Battle.

Spitfire on my Tail - Ulrich Steinhilper is from the German perspective. He didn't do much airfighting + it deals with a lot of the politics hindering the LW but it's a good read.

Also: "The most dangerous enemy" by Stephen Bungay (this geezer appears on a lot of wartime TV progs); this is more of a historical assessment rather than pilot accounts.

Ta,
norris

MB_Avro_UK
09-16-2005, 03:04 PM
I noted the significance but as it was not a multi-cultural battle and didn't involve women pilots our media would not be interested.

Instead of having a statue of a Battle of Britain pilot on the spare plynthe in Trafalgar Square we have a pregnant naked woman??

I don't wish to cause offence but our historical priorities seem to have gone off track.

Regards,
MB_Avro

ploughman
09-16-2005, 04:54 PM
S! The greatest day. If ever you thought one man didn't matter remember this day.

Arm_slinger
09-16-2005, 06:29 PM
I remembered this day, was rather annoyed that I couldnt post a thread on it, Was annoyed also that I misesed the 11am I was getting to set aside for my personal 2 minute silence http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

It winds me up though how most of the nation has no notion of what day it was, or what was done 60 years ago, it sickens me. This country need a **** good shake up in its education of what ha knocked on our door recently, but lets not get me started, i'll go off on a major rant


From me, to also those brave and gallent airman, with us, and in our memories, thank you so much for everything

Lest we forget

danjama
09-18-2005, 07:01 AM
i would like to bump this! I am also insulted by the lack of media attention now, its sickening! But then again, who would expect them to, they just jump on the bandwagon once its been started by Blair or whoever. I would LOVE to see a statue of a BofB Pilot put up in trafalger Square, in such a form as in he is leaving his plane and removing his gear after a hard fight S~ to all those that fought in those critical months

Low_Flyer_MkII
09-18-2005, 07:20 AM
http://channels.aolsvc.co.uk/news/article.adp?id=200509...ection&p=news&c=news (http://channels.aolsvc.co.uk/news/article.adp?id=20050918040009990003&n=collection&p=news&c=news)

I vote Dowding for the vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square. Not that it will ever happen.

Low_Flyer_MkII
09-18-2005, 12:17 PM
bump with pictures of unveiling of Battle of Britain sculpture today. BBC News.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/waol2005-09-3018-50-55-47.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/waol2005-09-3018-51-53-91.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/waol2005-09-3018-51-10-27.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/waol2005-09-3018-52-03-90.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/waol2005-09-3018-51-01-32.jpg

Lots of pics on this site
http://www.bbm.org.uk/prog-cass.htm

I like the fact that all ranks and civilians are depicted - anyone else got an opinion?

danjama
09-18-2005, 12:52 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif thats nice

dieg777
09-18-2005, 01:09 PM
Full story of monument

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4257084.stm

payed by public subscription - for more info-

http://www.bbm.org.uk/index.htm

Some nice posters etc available to buy to help funds

also some nice info here


http://www.battleofbritain.net/bobhsoc/monument.html


A worthy memorial to all who sacrificed their lives so that we could live ours

S

Low_Flyer_MkII
09-18-2005, 01:25 PM
I saw the Government of the Czech Republic among the major sponsors. Why didn't I see the Government of the United Kingdom?

I'm hoping somebody's going to tell me I'm wronghttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Ankanor
09-18-2005, 01:41 PM
I never knew that 15th was Battle of Britain Day. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif Does anybody know why this exact date was picked? Because when I think of BoB I think of "Adler Tag".

As for the Statue... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif Marvelous.

Platypus_1.JaVA
09-18-2005, 02:35 PM
Awww

http://x1.putfile.com/9/25613052214-thumb.jpg (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=9/25613052214.jpg&s=x1)

Arm_slinger
09-18-2005, 02:38 PM
Don't hold me to it, but I think it was choosen becasue it was the day of the biggest raid against us, and when we put up all of our fighter squads, or close to all of them.

I'll find out and get back to you on that

Low_Flyer_MkII
09-18-2005, 02:53 PM
Correct, the luftwaffe put up the largest air fleet seen up until that date; having been told by their brass that the RAF were as good as finished, the bomber crews were amazed at the number of fighters waiting for them.

Secudus2004
09-18-2005, 03:55 PM
Only a few are left now, frail looking old men with white hair, some with crutches others in wheelchairs, all stooped with age. But look into those eye€s that have not been dulled by the passing of the years€¦ To see a look that will never be extinguished by time, a look of pride.

Without these few, or their friends - fellow pilots who did not make it through, those short hectic summer months of 1940, oh so long ago€¦ We would not be living in the World we know today, Through their sacrifice 65 years ago the history of the world was turned to another path.

The Battle of Britain, is the one most pivotal point in the whole of the War, that allowed every allied event that followed, space to happen€¦

Never forget€¦

Low_Flyer_MkII
09-18-2005, 05:12 PM
Well said Sec, I'll just repeat my post from page 1.

"Of the 2,917 men who fought in Fighter Command in the air battles of the summer of 1940, 544 were killed.Another 795 had died before the war was over."

Patrick Bishop. Fighter Boys.

Those figures do not include the wounded - often badly burned. Remember.

major_setback
09-19-2005, 05:46 AM
Originally posted by VonShlagnoff:
Please don't forget them.

THEY GAVE ALL THEIR TOMORROWS SO THAT WE CAN HAVE OUR TODAYS

I won't forget. That last sentence sums it all up very well; they were young men. We should be grateful.

neural_dream
09-19-2005, 05:53 AM
We are expecting 1C BoB in something like a year or so, right?

Pinky, are you pondering what i'm pondering? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif