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75 years on

10 May 2020

A poem by David Hunt of Flash in honour of VE Day 2020

From 1914 until 1918 we fought German oppression
We emerged battered but victorious yet didn’t learn a lesson
The fascists regrouped quietly clearly on a mission 
To spread the hate and violence of their misguided vision

The warnings were unheeded until late in 39
When Hitler marched on Poland and finally crossed the line
The allies came together unsure of what to do
And tensions over Europe just grew and grew and grew

The call to arms was answered by youngsters nationwide
Determined to give Hitler nowhere else to hide
The Third Reich they were brutal crushing everything in their way
But our young people were determined to win the peace again one day

On our first attempt in 40 we were pushed back to Dunkirk
A small civilian navy helped to undo Hitlers work
We were rescued back to England bloodied but not defeated
We had to form a new plan but our forces were depleted

Then Hitler thought it proper to attack us from the sky
To bomb our towns and cities to destroy us from on high
We called upon our airforce whose situation was dire
But Hitler underestimated the Hurricane and Spitfire

In Summer 1940 the skies primarily over Kent
Saw the largest airborne battle that a war had ever sent
We looked skywards at this point and never really knew
How much we’d owe these pilots, the brave, the young, the few

We defended our small island from an imminent land invasion
Determined never to become part of Hitlers fascist nation
We all dug deep, the folks at war, the girls and boys at home
Everyone made sure that know one felt alone

The war was long, six long years, we battled as a nation
We held our own then in 44 Churchill had an inspiration
He joined us with our allies determined to give one last push
It focused on the beaches of France but he would never rush

History showed that sometimes a plan just doesn’t work
We were all still smarting from the trauma of Dunkirk
We had four years to plan this, to try and get it right
We had one last chance to hit Hitler with all of our might

It was decided that D Day would be on the 6th of June
A battle to be fought on the Northern French dunes
An assembled Army and Navy never ever seen before
Would fight through hell and heartache to secure the shore

The battle was brutal, my grandad landed that day
I asked him quite often but he would never say
What actually happened but I could see it in his eye
He actually really questioned why he didn’t die

But he didn’t, he fought on like thousands of others
With his friends his comrades, his band of brothers
He saw brutality and death, I know I couldn’t cope
They all did it for us, to give us all new hope

So I ask you on this day of national thanksgiving
To raise a glass to the dead and all those still living
They fought for us hard and I’ll always regret
If I forget their sacrifice…. Lest we forget! 

Last modified: 15 May 2020

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