The biography Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, by Sonia Purnell, reminds us of Britain’s dark times in early World War II, when the country stood alone against Hitler’s might.
The book lists the number of European countries fallen under Nazi control at that time. France, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, and Holland had been swept into the Nazi vortex. Now Britain was to be the next victim.
The author recounts a day in September, 1940, when Clementine and Winston visited the operations center for the British air force. They watched as the command sent up squadrons to counter wave after wave of the German Luftwaffe.
At one point, Winston asked, “How many more planes have you?”
The commander replied, “I am putting in my last.”
Yet, this small force somehow—God only know how—repelled the much stronger enemy.
England was never invaded, and the entry of the United States into the war following the bombing of Pearl Harbor slowly changed the tide.
This reminder of a time when the forces of evil should have won and didn’t offers comfort in this time of moral turmoil. Sometimes the good guys do win.