On Twitter, there are quite a few vets in a Following-Followed arrangement and TomSelby
@TruthJavelin is one. He just posted:
The true definition of Heroes … 1939-45 RAF Bomber Command Of 125,000 aircrew 55,573 44.4% KIA, 8,403 wounded, 9,838 POW’s None more Brave.
These are levels of bravery which our post-war generation cannot really conceive of. My father told few tales but he was based in North Africa, not strictly a Rat from what I can gather but he was certainly there on the ground facing Germans, I’ve seen his box brownie pics.
My stepfather, sometime after my father died, was another vet and he was in New Guinea [he was Australian, my father British, my other Irish]. He was on the Kokoda Trail and though he said little about deprivation, I’ve heard enough about those.
These things are truly inconceivable. I could just about imagine them, being the next generation down but after that we’ve had successive generations who know and feel less and less about the sacrifices. This blogger writing this post has written many things about the donkeys above and the evil muvvers sending people to war on pathetic pretexts but that in no way diminishes the lions beneath who did the fighting and dying.
I believe it is my duty, as a son, to keep the flame alive and to pass it onto the next generation. I would hope they’d do the same.