70th Anniversary of the Blitz

by Author | September 7th, 2010

Well, here we are. Hard to believe that exactly 70 years ago this country was fighting for its very survival. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the start of ‘The Blitz’ against London and other major cities, and the coming week marks the anniversary of the height of the Battle of Britain, culminating next week in Battle of Britain Day. The week after of course, marks the 7oth anniversary of the events described in Seelowe Nord. Virtually all of the events in the book of course are fictional, except perhaps one. General Alan Brooke and the rest of Britain were indeed awaiting the German invasion, day in, day out, as fresh intelligence came in daily of the Germans making final preparations for an imminent landing on British soil. If you didn’t live through those days, or have never spoken to anyone who did, it is hard to comprehend how paranoid the British nation was that it was about to face the ultimate test; that for the first time since the Norman conquest, a foreign invader would be stepping onto British soil. In this modern world, it makes you thankful that the generations from 1940 stepped up to the mark and made their sacrifices. It also makes you realise that if future generations are to enjoy the freedom that we have, we also will have to make our own sacrifices, albeit in a slightly different way. As Pericles once said, “…prosperity and true happiness can only be for the free, and freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.”

You can help those who have sacrificed their youth for our freedom by purchasing a copy of Seelowe Nord, and asking your friends to do so. It will make an excellent Christmas or birthday present for any man who enjoys a good war story. A percentage of the profits from the book will be donated annually to various British Military Charities to help care for those maimed on active service and to help the bereaved families of those killed in action. At the end of this financial year, the charity donation will be split between the Army Benevolent Fund (The Soldiers Charity) and the Charitable Fund of the Coldstream Guards, who recently lost six men killed and several dozen wounded during their tour of Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Every soldier has a family somewhere and the scars of war run deep.

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

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Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

Andy has also started to publish small Leadership and Management Booklets drawing from his extensive experience across many sectors and industries, both military and civilian, the first of which is entitled Captains of the Gate and is now available for download on eReaders directly from Amazon.