The fact is I know more about life on the British Homefront during World War II than I do about my own. See, I get curious about a topic and I just can’t stop myself from researching until out pops a novel. The one I wrote for this was a Time Travel called Manic Knight, about an American girl who travels back to 1941 in a souped-up Spitfire. It was rejected in part because the editor couldn’t believe the details of the aerial battles were real. They were real. Spitfire pilots really did get shot down, bailed, got into a new plane, and went right back to up defend their Homeland from the Nazis, up to four times a day. I’d researched these details meticulously for months and months. I decided if this editor doubted British resolve and my attention to detail then I really did not want to work with her anyway. So, I never argued the point. I simply moved on. Sugar Rush took over and was accepted for publication, so I kinda shelved Manic Knight. I’ll get back to it one day. Promise.
Anyway, I am extremely familiar with the British stiff upper lip, as familiar as I can be without ever crossing the Pond. I’d love to visit Biggin Hill. (((sigh))) I weep at the sound of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcunREYzNY
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the parents of the present Queen Elizabeth II, visiting bomb victims during World War II.
All of this to say I know the British can deal with repeated terrorist attacks and I hope and pray they look into their rich past to find the courage and wisdom they need. ‘Cause they’re awesome, seriously.
My favorite scene from the Battle of Britain movie- “You can teach monkeys to fly better than that” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVKPS5aPvOc
“We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,” – Prime Minister Winston Churchill