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Wednesday 16 September 2020

Farage World War 2 Date FAIL

Brexit Party Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage never wastes an opportunity to demonstrate not only his faux patriotism, but his love of 20th Century history, especially that of the Second World War. The latter has the added advantage of heading off any suggestion that he would have wanted the other lot to win.

So it was that he told his adoring followers yesterday “Today is the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Was it being taught in schools across the country today? I hope so, but I doubt it”. To emphasise the point, he was shown with a background of RAF Fighter Command’s finest. But here a problem arose with Nige’s knowledge.

As the Tweeter known as Herbie Cumberland reminded him, “Today is NOT the ‘anniversary’ of the Battle of Britain - today is ‘Battle of Britain Day’ (15th Sept) which marks the recognised turn in our favour in the ongoing air assaults on the UK by Nazi Germany. I'm not surprised you don't know this though”. Is this true?

Had Mr Thirsty got it wrong (again)? It seems he had. The Battle of Britain was so named not after the event, but beforehand, by Winston Churchill when he told the Commons on 18 Jun 1940 that “What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the battle of Britain is about to begin”. So when did it begin?

This is the summary from Wikipedia: “The British officially recognise the battle's duration as being from 10 July until 31 October 1940, which overlaps the period of large-scale night attacks known as the Blitz, that lasted from 7 September 1940 to 11 May 1941. German historians do not accept this subdivision and regard the battle as a single campaign lasting from July 1940 to June 1941, including the Blitz”. But not September 1940.

So why that date? Also easy to find in the Wikipedia entry on the conflict is this explainer: “On 15 September, two massive waves of German attacks were decisively repulsed by the RAF by deploying every aircraft in 11 Group. Sixty German and twenty-six RAF aircraft were shot down. The action was the climax of the Battle of Britain. Two days after the German defeat Hitler postponed preparations for the invasion of Britain. Henceforth, in the face of mounting losses in men, aircraft and the lack of adequate replacements, the Luftwaffe completed their gradual shift from daylight bomber raids and continued with nighttime bombing. 15 September is commemorated as Battle of Britain Day”.

Only after that did Churchill utter the words “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”. Yes, 15 September is the day on which the Battle of Britain is commemorated. But it is not its anniversary. Someone who really knew their World War 2 history would not make such an elementary mistake.

Probably as well that Farage’s faux pas is not being taught in schools. What a clown.

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Nigel Farage put clowns in charge said...

Will England's favourite ponce be celebrating Bollocks of Britain Day on 1st January? A day when Britain gets a bollocking from the rest of the World.

Malcolm Redfellow said...

But don't you understand, Tim? What the People's Nige regards as 'history' is that perpetrated by film and tv?

So the People's Nige knows the Kennaway/Greatorex script is the authentic version.

Anonymous said...

One thing that actually isn't taught in schools is that Churchill was a great admirer of fascism and fascists. Here he is on on Benito Mussolini, after his 1927 visit to Fascist-run Rome: “What a man! I have lost my heart! ... Fascism has rendered a service to the entire world ... If I were Italian, I am sure I would have been with you entirely from the beginning of your victorious struggle against the bestial appetites and passion of Leninism”.

And here he is on Hitler: “One may dislike Hitler’s system and yet admire his patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations” (Winston Churchill, “Hitler and His Choice” The Strand Magazine, November 1935).

No doubt Mr Frommage will use his profile to correct the false impression our children are given of Churchill.

Red Star said...

I wonder if Farage's history lessons would include the probability that the Battle of Britain would have been lost were it not for the input of foreign (mainly Polish and Czech) pilots, who added much needed experience to the RAF ?

303 (Polish) Squadron was the best performing RAF squadron in the B of B, despite being deployed 2 months after it began.

Multi-national alliance kicks the Nazis arses every time !

Anonymous said...

You know all those military men and women who defeated nazism...and then voted Labour in the 1945 landslide?

I wonder what they'd make of Farage VC*.....

*Vicarious Cunt.

Anonymous said...

Then voted the Tories back in . .. ...

Anonymous said...

Then, as now, discovered the hard way that voting tory is a masochistic act. Which benefits only thieves, liars, hypocrites, racists, warmongers and xenophobes.

Anonymous said...

@ 23:21.

Er, no.

Labour won the 1950 election too.😆

Anonymous said...


So what? On the 22nd August, someone with your posting style told us "Farage is not a Tory." Which is it? Is he or isn't he a Tory? I'd suggest you make your mind up but this would be difficult when you don't have one.

FYI parties under the leadership of Frommage have only ever won precisely one seat in the House of Commons in a general election.