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Tyburn
09-07-2010, 11:38 PM
Dating from 1940, Saint Paul's Cathedral held a Memorial Service this week to remember the Blitz of London, and the Battle for control in the skies above Britain during the latter half of the second world war.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTIrb2Ryd8Y

The German Bombers on the first night of the Blitz deliberately targetted Saint Paul's Cathedral because it was seen as an Ikon of British Resistance. The Inceduries alone, the precursor to the Bombs, were to cause the fires that would distroy alomost completely the whole square mile, bar the one Cathedral in the middle, and the photographs of the day after are striking...it is as if the Cathedral was unusually protected from the bombardment, the city streets around it, within metres, squashed...but the Building itself virtually untouched. Of course Saint Paul's was hit twice during the war. One bomb droped on the North Transept and went right through into the undercroft, and ironically, one Bomb landed perfectly on the Hig Altar, distroying the Wren Masterpiece at the East End. When rebuilt, this part was dedicated to the American war dead of the campaign. The Saint Paul's Watch, were vast in number, and on the roof the whole night, for the who war, putting out the fire as it fell from the sky. Winston Churchill said on the night this first happened, that by the early hours the Fire Departments of the city should leave London to burn, "at all costs, Saint Paul's MUST be saved" he said from Westminster.

The Bells of the Cathedral fell silent that terrible night, and would not peal again until the Liberation of Paris.

Coventry Cathedral was not so lucky. German and British Forces played tit-for-tat, We distroyed one of their cities, they took out one of ours...the distruction of Coventry is very symbolic. The ruined Cathedral was left standing right next to the new one. When clearing the debris, they people discovered the beams had fallen on the altar, in a large cross shape. It was a moment, similar to Wrens inspiration with the stone from old Saint Paul's which burned in the Great Fire, and on it was the single latin word "Resurgum" meaning, to rise again.

Coventry will Mourn its 70th on November 14th. In many ways, whilst London was bad, its noticeable because its first. Coventry was bombed continuously for Eleven Hours by 500 German Planes!

Bonnie
09-09-2010, 01:41 AM
Saw this on the news yesterday and thought of you, Dave when they mentioned and showed St. Paul's Cathedral. :)

Play The Man
09-09-2010, 02:42 AM
Thank you for posting, Tyburn. Here is a link to a YouTube clip of Churchill's "Finest Hour" speech. This has to be the best minute and one-half of a speech ever crafted - perhaps only exceeded by Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

http://http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?xl=xl_blazer&v=U56WR1UGqyE (http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?xl=xl_blazer&v=U56WR1UGqyE)

Play The Man
09-09-2010, 02:55 AM
Tyburn, I don't know if you were aware ,but they just released some previously unseen color footage from the bombing of Britain. It was shot by an air-raid warden who was an amateur cameraman. The footage was found by his daughter in the attic.:cool:

http:// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QZr0hgCfWU&feature=youtube_gdata_player (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QZr0hgCfWU&feature=youtube_gdata_player)