Next week, on the 15th of September, Britain will celebrate Battle of Britain Day and the nation will reflect on those nights of chaos and destruction and their victory in repelling Nazi invasion and surviving to win a global war that would eventually change the course of history. Upon learning of France’s defeat in June 1940 and realizing that Hitler would soon turn his attention to Britain, Churchill had this to say regarding what he knew would be the impending defense of the realm:
"Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'"
– Winston Churchill, 18 June 1940
And so it proved to be…