On Monday the 7th May 1945, German armed forces surrendered and the continent of Europe (as distinct from the political EU) was liberated.
England and the English played a huge part in the struggle which led to that victory which should now be recognised and celebrated. Regrettably, our role has been obscured by being persistently described as being that of Britain and the British with others, Scots in particular, ‘blowing their own (separate) trumpet’ so to speak (and bagpipes too!). Even so, surely names such as ‘Bristol Blenheim’ and ‘Gloster Sea Gladiator’ in connection with military aircraft still have resonance!
We often hear of combatants from other countries claiming credit for ‘coming to the aid of the mother country’ as though there was a total absence of self-interest. Many from the Indian sub-continent and the West Indies (for example) may comfort themselves with that attitude of entitlement, but they may also wish to consider how ‘kindly’ they would have been treated by the German Nazi and the Shinto Japanese regimes had the Axis Powers prevailed; I suggest that the respective actions in Warsaw and Nanking supply accurate indications of that!
England was (is) nearest to occupied France. England was the launch pad for the D-Day Normandy in 1944.
Now it is to England that well over 90% of immigrants to the UK come.
True England was assisted and supported by combatants from numerous other countries but, nevertheless, we English should be proud of our massive part in the Second World War and the great sacrifices our parents’ generation made. We English should celebrate far more openly and often than we do!