eltonioni wrote:This must have been how it was in 1938 with loads of people saying what a bad idea it would be for vulnerable little Britain to have a war with the powerful Continental power.
Just as well that were allied with other powers and, when some of those succumbed, the Americans entered the war with their economic might. That and a strategic mistake made by one of our key opponents when he turned his focus to the USSR.
Switching to aviation for a moment, there's a fun movie on Netflix, "Hurricane". It's the story of the Polish pilots in the Battle of Britain. I didn't realise that the Polish represented 20% of the RAF's strength in the Battle of Britain. 303 squadron was the highest scoring of the battle.
We lost family and I am only alive today due to a decision make by my Grandmother one night to not stay in the family shelter with her in-laws, but please let's not lose ourselves in the "plucky Britain standing alone" narrative. There was so much more to it than that. If anything WWII demonstrates the value of strong international alliances and the need to resist nationalism.