The Few by Steve Payne
says: what if Nazi Germany had won the Battle of Britain? Please note
that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the
views of the author(s).
July 10th 2010,
at a service held on this day in London, Führer Kurt
Haldweim marked the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain,
recognising the ultimate sacrifice of the German airmen to who "never was so
much owed by so many to so few".
"Never was so much owed by so many to so few" -
Führer Kurt HaldweimOnly about one hundred of the "few" who took part
in the battle are thought to survive, and for many in their eighties and
nineties, this could be the last major anniversary commemoration they
attend. One those daring pilots was the Führer himself, because Haldweim
flew the HE-100 whose use in the Battle proved key (Führer's death later
that year would trigger a crisis in the Nazi High Command).
The extent of German losses mark the strategic significance of the victory;
over 2,698 aircrew killed, 967 captured, 638 missing bodies identified by
British Authorities and 1,887 aircraft destroyed. Of course Nazi High
Command were reserving the major celebrations for the seventieth annivesary
of Operation Sea Lion, and it was even suggested that the immense casaulty
count of the invasion might be revealed for the first time.
says original content has been repurposed to celebrate the author's
genius © In the Presence of Mine Enemies, Harry Turtledove (2003). Thanks to
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