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By Vera Brittain

As testomony of adlescent movingly confirmed, the 1st international warfare was once to hang-out Vera Brittain all through her lifestyles. whilst nice Britain back declared conflict on Germany in 1939, she feared the worst. yet even supposing in the course of those years a lot used to be to be persisted by means of the British, a lot was once additionally to be won. This spirit of selection is vividly captured through Vera Brittain as she describes her personal own studies set opposed to the dramatic occasions of the early warfare years, occasions just like the conflict of england and the London Blitz which have been to develop into part of historical past as 'England's Hour'.

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F. Platts Mills, who is taking his last case before joining the Air Force, and their acceptance by the magistrate in spite of his obvious objection to the opinions of the defendants. "Those views," quotes Mr. Platts Mills from a recent decision by Mr. " From his carved chair between two bookcases filled with leather-bound legal volumes, the old magistrate grimly agrees. " MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CIVILISATION 39 Now, while the Nazis occupy the Channel ports, and already, during the previous night, a series of coastal airraids on England has begun, he dismisses the case in words that uphold the long tradition for which Cromwell wielded his sword and Milton his pen: "This is a free country.

The Press publicity which would otherwise be given to this dramatic test of democratic rights in wartime, is eclipsed by the successive calamities of these disastrous weeks. While the British Expeditionary Force is heroically 36 ENGLAND'S HOUR rescued from Dunkirk by coastal pleasure steamers, and the Third Republic of France is tottering towards its earth-shaking collapse, few newspapers have space to spare for the stubborn defence of their constitutional privileges put up by the representatives of a minority which must inevitably endure ostracism and persecution when war is raging.

It is still bitterly cold here," she reports. " All over Britain, the poorly protected pipes freeze and burst, and the population shivers beside its small fires of rationed coal. The 21st of January is the coldest day ever recorded in England. On the 24th, the temperature is 5 below zero in the Malvern hills, and Richard's school is snow-bound. In London, the snow falls and lies deep, hard as iron beneath 25 degrees of frost. The Thames is frozen over at Kingston and for eight miles between Teddington and Sunbury; twelve inches of ice cover lakes and reservoirs; in Hyde Park the population skates on the Serpentine.

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