Thursday, July 5, 2012

Jul

5

1942

British remain confident despite setbacks

Members of 2nd Platoon, 'C' Company of the Doncaster Home Guard swim across a river during an assault exercise, 20 July 1942. Two of them are wearing camouflage net veils over their faces.

In the present ordeal, civilians have had to listen to the monotonous falling of British arms and strongholds abroad while being harassed at home by rising prices, dwindling business, increasing curtailment of liberty and comfort, and anxiety about their menfolk overseas. It’s good, and to the Axis it should be profoundly discouraging, that the public has refused to become defeatist even under the impact of defeats that in a more excitable country might have resulted in governments and heads being broken.